Walter E. Gaipa, Sr.

HILTON HEAD, S.C. — Walter E. Gaipa, Sr., of Hilton Head, S.C., formerly of Stamford and Southbury, passed peacefully into heaven on Sunday, September 8, 2019, while in Charlotte, N.C., at the age of 94.

Walter was predeceased by his loving wife, Millie, of 66 years and his brother, Robert Gaipa.

He leaves four children, Walter, Jr. (Linell) of East Marion, N.Y., Maryellen (John) of Hilton Head, S.C., Richard (Donna) of Tampa, Fla., and Thomas (Wendy) of Southbury; 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Walter was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and spent much of his career working for the Prudential Insurance Company and securities firms on Wall Street.

He had an outgoing personality and lived life to the fullest. He left a lasting impression on everyone he met.

A Mass of Christian Burial took place September 14 at Sacred Heart Church in Southbury. Burial with military honors was in New North Cemetery, Woodbury.

Memorial contributions may be made to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, online at

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