OAKVILLE — Joseph Dean Cilfone, 95, died Saturday, November 28, 2020, in the comfort of his own home. He was the beloved husband of the late Gloria Lorraine (Colella) Cilfone.
Joe was born on September 26, 1925, in Waterbury, son of Anthony Cilfone, Sr., and Teresa (Ianantuoni) Cilfone.
He served his country during World War II, Battle of the Bulge in the United State Army and was awarded the Bronze Star for valor.
He was a longtime member of the American Legion Post 195.
He worked for Bond Bread and Arbor Homes, then founded Oakville Home Improvement Co. in 1963, which is still family-owned and operating today. Joe loved camping, taking trips to Atlantic City and the casinos and was a diehard New York Yankees fan, never missing a game on TV or radio.
He is survived by his children, Anthony Vincent Cilfone (Joanne M.) of Thomaston, Joseph M. Cilfone of Torrington, Gloriann Tamulonis (Walter) of Wolcott and Dean Anthony Cilfone (JoAnn D.) of Watertown; 14 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, three godchildren, many nieces and nephews and two sisters-in-law and one brother-in-law.
He was predeceased by a son, Vincent Ralph Cilfone (Sandra O’Donnell Rizk) and sisters, Rose Rado, Margaret Miriblio, Philomena Clark and brother, Anthony Cilfone, Jr.
He was fortunate to have exceptional caregivers that took care of him like their own family.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Saturday, December 26, at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, Waterbury. Burial followed in Calvary Cemetery.
To send the family an online condolence, visit www.thurstonrowefuneralhome.com.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Disabled American Veterans at www.dav.org/donate.