1927 – 2017
Woodstock, CT. – Chris Natale Carminati, 89, of 7 West View Dr., died, Wednesday, February 15, 2017, at Matulaitis Nursing Home. He was predeceased by his loving wife, of 55 years, Ann (Russo) Carminati. Born in Calabria, Italy, Chris was the son of the late Dominick Carminati and Maria (Montalto) Carminati.
Chris was a graduate of Theodore Roosevelt High School in the Bronx, NY. Although he loved the city, he relocated his family to Woodstock, CT in 1958 when he earned an opportunity to manage the Putnam Herzl Finishing Company located in Putnam, CT. He worked there for 30 years and became Vice President and General Manager of the facility.
Chris always put his family first. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather who lived to enrich and enjoy the lives of his three cherished grandchildren. He and his wife grew to love living in the Quiet Corner as they made so many good friends over the years. Chris enjoyed inviting them into his house for a bite to eat, some cake and coffee, or maybe a drink or two. He also loved sharing holidays with his family and friends. One of his favorite times of year was Christmas. Maybe it was because his birth name “Natale” means Christmas in Italian which is why he was called Chris. In December, he loved decorating his entire house with colorful lights and on Christmas Eve enjoyed the traditional “Feast of the Seven Fishes” meal. On Christmas morning he could not wait to see the joy on his family’s faces when they opened their presents. He also looked forward to bringing in each New Year with his family and friends at his annual New Year’s Eve party where he would propose a toast for everyone’s health and happiness.
For relaxation, Chris loved working on his property, tending to his garden and taking care of his lawn. Maybe that is why no one could ever beat him playing bocce on it. After he retired, he slowly started taking over cooking duties and became an excellent cook. He learned over the years by watching his wife make so many delicious meals. He also loved playing cards and pool at the house. In his younger years he would join a few of his closest friends he referred to as his “Goombadis” for their winter trip hunting deer in upstate New York. Even though he left the Bronx, he liked to stay in touch with the city. Chris enjoyed watching his New York sport teams and followed the Yankees, Giants, Rangers and Knicks. He also looked forward to his morning cup of coffee while reading the New York Post or the Daily News every day. For the last few years of his fulfilling life, Chris resided in the Matulaitis Nursing Home in Putnam, CT where the staff took such excellent care of him.
Chris is survived by two sons, Vinnie Carminati and his wife Rosemary of Dayville, Connecticut, Tony Carminati of Woodstock, Connecticut; sister, Lena Nilpetcharat of Jupiter, Florida.; his two granddaughters, Natalie Carminati & Antonia Carminati and his grandson, Michael Carminati. He was predeceased by his siblings, Terry Carminati, Marion Raimo, Mary Carlucci, Sal Carminati and Tony Carminati.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to visit with Chris’s family on Saturday, February 18, 2017 from 9:00 to 11:00a.m. at the Gilman Funeral Home, 104 Church St. Putnam, CT, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30a.m. in Most Holy Trinity Church, 568 Pomfret Road, Pomfret, CT. Burial will take place in the Spring at the Elmvale Cemetery in Woodstock, CT. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, CT Chapter, 200 Executive Blvd., Southington, CT 06460. For memorial guestbook please visit www. GilmanAndValade.com