John J. Lavatori, 91, of Ridgefield, husband of Mary (Bellucci) Lavatori died on Saturday morning, November 22, 2008 at Danbury Hospital shortly after his admission.

A Ridgefield native, Mr. Lavatori was born March 20, 1917, son of Nazzareno and Gustanza “Nina” (Roberti) Lavatori.  He attended local schools and was a graduated of Ridgefield High School in the Class of 1936. Upon graduation, John worked with his father in the operation of the former family owned restaurant, Nanny’s Bar & Grill and a maintenance mechanic prior to WWII.

A World War II U.S. Army veteran, he served from March 1, 1944 until March 28, 1946 as a Military Policeman in the 323 Ist QM Service Company in the European Theater.  He was a recipient of the Good Conduct Medal, Victory Medal, European African Middle Eastern Theater Campaign Ribbon as well as recently receiving the Connecticut Service Medal.

Upon discharge from the military, Mr. Lavatori was part of the first group of employees of the newly established Perkin-Elmer Corporation of Norwalk retiring in 1985 after nearly 40 years of service.  He worked at both the Norwalk and Danbury facilities and was an optical polisher.

Mr. Lavatori was a member of the Italian American Mutual Aid Society, “the club” as he often referred to it and was a past president and recognized as a 50 year member.  He was also a member of the V.F.W., American Legion, Founder’s Hall, A.A.R.P., OWLS, Old Timer’s Athletic Association and St. Mary’s Church.  

Active in local sports in his early years, Mr. Lavatori was a recipient of the Old Timer’s Athletic Award.

He was an avid fan of the NY Yankees and the UConn Men’s and Woman’s Basketball Teams.

In addition to his wife Mary of 68 years, Mr. Lavatori is survived by a son; Richard Lavatori as his wife Mary of Manchester, CT, two brothers; Eugene Lavatori and his wife Joyce of Ridgefield and Ponziano and his wife Alice of Ludlow, MA, three sisters; Gloria Sharkany and her husband Robert and Angelina Santini of Ridgefield and Margaret Kunak and her husband Frank of Trumbull, a sister in law; Ann Arciola of Westport, four grandchildren; Marlie McManus and her husband Ryan of Hingham, MA, Marianne Lavatori and Megan Battaglia and her husband Christian of Keene, NH and Matthew Lavatori and his wife Alysha of Stamford, two great grandchildren; Jackson and Paige McManus as well as nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.

The name John Lavatori was synonymous with kindness, generosity and loyalty.  He was proud of his Italian heritage and nothing meant more to him than “family”.  He was well known as a true gentleman with boundless optimism.  To know John was to love him and he will be sorely missed.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday at 10:15AM in St. Mary’s Church, Ridgefield.

Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery. The family will receive friends in the Kane Funeral Home, 25 Catoonah St., Ridgefield on Tuesday from 5PM to 8PM. Memorial contributions to the Old Timer’s Athletic Association, Montanari Fuel, P.O. Box 13, Ridgefield, CT 06877 would be greatly appreciated.


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