John J. Maggio
John Joseph Maggio, of Ridgefield, passed away peacefully on August 11, surrounded by his family after a long battle with Carcinoid Cancer. John was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend. Born on January 2, 1931 in Brooklyn, New York, he spent the last 43 years of his life in Ridgefield, CT. At 18 years old, John entered the Air Force and was stationed in Tachikawa, Japan and Korea where he was an air traffic controller. He volunteered for an assignment in Korea where he made an amphibious landing and set up the first air traffic control system near Inchon, receiving the Japanese Occupational Ribbon, the Korean Service Medal and the Distinguished Unit Citation.
John graduated from St. John’s University with a BBA in Business Administration and Accounting. He soon became the largest-selling Northeast representative for the Chemical Division of Bigelow Sanford Carpet Company. He left Bigelow Sanford to pursue his own carpet chemical business and founded Carpet-Rite Industries. After moving to Ridgefield, CT in 1970, John founded Better Homes Real Estate, Inc. He built homes, subdivided properties and was an active Real Estate Broker for many years. John was an active member of St. Mary’s Parish in Ridgefield. He was a member and past president of the Ridgefield Lions Club, past member of Friends of the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra, a passionate Yankees fan and an avid collector of Persian rugs. John is predeceased by his mother and father, Maria and Joseph Maggio and his brother Joseph Maggio. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Julianne, his daughter and son-in-law, Danielle and Anthony Reilly, his son and daughter-in-law, Jonathan and Michelle Maggio, seven grandchildren, his sister and brother-in-law, Marie and Sal Martorana and his niece Carol Martorana. John had a spark like no other, making friends wherever he went. He was much loved and will be sorely missed.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 10:15 AM in St. Mary Church, Ridgefield . Interment will take place in Quogue Cemetery, Quogue, New York.
The family will receive friends in the Kane Funeral Home, 25 Catoonah St., Ridgefield on Thursday, August 15, 2013 from 4 PM to 8PM.
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