Joseph Tantimonico

Obituary of Joseph Tantimonico

Joseph Paul Tantimonico, age 88, of Trumbull, beloved husband of Theresa DiGiacomo Tantimonico, was called to rest on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, after a long and valiant fight surrounded by his loving family. Joe, the son of the late Anthony and Mary Yoney Tantimonico, was born in Bridgeport on October 1, 1929.

Joe is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, as well as his devoted children and their spouses, Laurie LaChioma and her husband, Steve, Gary Tantimonico and his wife, Diane, and Lisa Carrano and her husband, Donald Pulieri. He also leaves behind his six cherished grandchildren, three adored great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews, known to them as "Uncle Sonny." In addition to his parents, Joe was pre-deceased by his son-in-law Frank Carrano, sisters, Marie Iovino and Barbara Homa, and his brothers, Bobby and Paul Tantimonico.

Following his graduation from Central High School, Joe served in the United States Navy during World War II. During his tenure in the military, he was a member of the U.S. Navy Baseball Team and traveled extensively throughout Europe and the Philippines. He was very proud of his service and took great enjoyment in recounting stories from those days.

Joe commuted to New York City for well over 30 years, employed for much of that time as Chief Operating Officer for Francesco Shoes. He finished his career as Controller for Reeves Communications where he ultimately retired from 23 years ago. He enjoyed his daily walks from Grand Central Station to his office in the Empire State Building, as well as his train rides home, rehashing the events of his day while playing cards with his buddies.

Joe was an elegant gentleman, modest, unassuming and reserved. Not only was Joe an excellent baseball player, but he was an avid bowler as well, participating in many leagues over the years. His wife and family meant the world to him. He never missed a sporting event, school play, or dance recital for his children or grandchildren, mentoring and proudly encouraging them every step of the way.

In his later years, Joe enjoyed his weekly trips to Mohegan Sun, meticulously grooming his front lawn and watching UConn Women's Basketball with his wife, Terry. Connecting with his high school "Bridgeport Old Timers" additionally added fulfillment to his life.

The family wishes to thank Joe's caregiver, Pam Johnson, for the compassionate and gentle care she gave him in his final months. Despite his prolonged illness, Joe's determination and will to live were an inspiration to us all. Because of him, we are who we are today. For all that had the pleasure of knowing him, thank you for enriching his beautiful life. He will be missed beyond words and his legacy will remain deep within our hearts forever.

Funeral services will take place on Monday, January 22, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. in the Abriola Parkview Funeral Home, 419 White Plains Road, Trumbull, and at 11:00 a.m. in St. Margaret's Shrine, Bridgeport for a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Trumbull. Friends may call on Sunday from 1-5 p.m.