Fred P. Montanari

Fred Peter Montanari, 88, of Ridgefield, beloved husband of Nancy (Newman) Montanari, died peacefully on Tuesday evening, February 16, 2010 at Ridgefield Crossings.

Mr. Montanari was born in Ridgefield, May 25, 1921,  son of the late Ciro and Teresa (Archille) Montanari.  He attended Ridgefield schools, graduated from Ridgefield High School in the Class of 1939, and attended Santa Clara University.

A World War II U.S. Army veteran who proudly served with the 11th Armored Division, Mr. Montanari was a VFW and American Legion member until his death.

In 1946,  Mr. Montanari and his brother Frank started Montanari Fuel Company. A keen interest in real estate led to Mr. Montanari’s purchase of Keeler and Durant Real Estate and Insurance in 1962.

Active in the Ridgefield community, Mr. Montanari served as a town selectman, was a member of the Ridgefield Board of Realtors,  Kiwanis Club, Knights of Columbus, Italian American Mutual Aid Society and St. Mary’s Parish where he served as an usher for many years. 

He was also a member of the Certified Real Estate Appraisers and the National Woodie Club. 

 Avid lovers of antique cars, Mr. and Mrs. Montanari enjoyed countless road trips in their 1932 Ford Woodie when they weren’t catching their “Second Wind” in Chatham on the Cape.

In addition to his wife, Nancy, of sixty-six years, he is survived by two sons, Peter of Ridgefield and Thom of Hopewell, NJ; two daughters, Ann Marie Cassavecchia of Rochester, NH and Gay Clauson of Farmington, NH; two brothers, Frank Montanari of Danbury and Andy Montanari of Ridgefield; six grandchildren, Kirstyn Smith, Ryan Cassavecchia, Kelsey and Courtney Montanari, and Katherine and Thomas Carlo Montanari, and two great grandchildren, Oliver and Henry Smith.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Montanari was predeceased by a brother, Gus Montanari, and a sister, Vera Grosso.

The service will be private at the direction of the family.

There will be no calling hours.

Memorial contributions to Regional Hospice of Western CT, Home Care Program, 405 Main Street, Danbury 06810 or to the Ridgefield Crossings, Harbor Program, 640 Danbury Rd., Ridgefield 06877 would be greatly appreciated.



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