Anthony Caltabiano

Obituary of Anthony Vito Caltabiano

Anthony Vito Caltabiano, age 76, passed away April 14th, 2005 surrounded by his loving family at his home in Trumbull. He was born in Bridgeport and lived in Trumbull for the past fifty years. He was predeceased by his parents, Antonietta Indolfo and John Caltabiano, and beloved sister, Ida Kuhn. After graduating from Bullard Haven Technical School in Bridgeport he entered the Army in 1951 and served in Germany as a Master Sargent in Army Intelligence. After an honorable discharge in 1953 he was directly appointed as a reserve commissioned officer and assigned to national defense with Nike guided missiles. Returning to civilian life, he attended Fairfield University and graduated from Central Connecticut State College in New Britain with a Bachelor of Science in Vocational and Industrial Education. He was employed by the State of Connecticut for 38 years as instructor and department head at Bullard-Havens Regional Vocational Technical High School where he taught painting and decorating. Most importantly he served as a role model and mentor to hundreds of students, especially taking time for those who needed it most. Many of his students later entered the fields of education, painting and decorating, crediting him with being their role model. Many of his students remained in contact with him throughout their adult lives, seeking his advice and guidance. He invested wisely in real estate and was the former owner of Merritt Canteen. After retiring he opened Tony's Huntington Inn Restaurant with his sons John and Anthony Jr.

In 1953 he married Gloria Vazzano of Trumbull. His family was his first priority and always came first. He enjoyed people and helping his friends and family. He also enjoyed collecting coins and stamps, tag sales and antiques, traveling, and remained active with his children, grandchildren, friends, and in business and travel. He was member of the Trinacria Society, the BPOE Elks Lodge #36 Bridgeport Connecticut, Marchegiana Society and the Disabled Veterans of America.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 52 years, Gloria, two sons, Dr. John Caltabiano of Old Lyme and Anthony Caltabiano, two daughters, Lillian Antoinette (Toni) Caltabiano and Donna Vogel; a daughter-in-law Krystyna Caltabiano, a son-in-law Mark Vogel, five grandchildren Christen, Anthony and Brian Vogel, and Krysta and Anthony Caltabiano III, all of Trumbull. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. 

Funeral services will take place on Monday, April 18, 2005 at 9:00 a.m. from the Abriola Parkview Funeral Home, 419 White Plains Road, Trumbull, and at 10:00 a.m. in St. Catherine of Siena Church, Trumbull for a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment will follow in St. Michael Cemetery, Stratford. Family and friends may call on Sunday from 3-7 p.m. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in memory of Anthony be made and sent to Memorial and Honor Program, St. Jude Children Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or by calling 1-800-873-6983.

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