1925 – 2022
N. Grosvenordale – Constantino “Connie” Lippiello, age 97, of Riverside Dr., passed Friday November 25, 2022, at Davis Place Nursing Home. He was the loving husband of the late Ruth (Ferko) Lippiello. Born in Thompson, he was the son of the late Bartolomeo and Maria (Trama) Lippiello. On November 30, 1946, in Jersey City, New Jersey he was united in marriage to the former Ruth Ferko.
Connie was a proud World War II United States Navy veteran. He served on the destroyer escort USS Dufillo, which was one of the vessels that took part in the retrieval of survivors from the USS Indianapolis sinking.
Mr. Lippiello worked for many years as a laborer in the area mills retiring from shipping at US Button.
He was a quiet man never looking for accolades. He enjoyed cooking and having family gatherings at his home. He was a member of the American Legion, VFW, Destroyer Escort Sailors Association, Thompson Senior Citizens, Indianapolis Sailors Association, Eastern Board of Approved Umpires, and one of the first umpires for the Thompson Little League where he was active until 1989. He then umpired middle school, high school, American Legion Ball, Softball and the Jack Benny League in town. He was an avid skier, runner and annually participated in the Deary Road Race from its start. In his later years he continued his passion for exercise and could be seen walking through the town he grew up in. Connie and Ruth ran the Royal Travelers Club in town for many years and enjoyed many excursions around the world with that group of friends. Connie’s true passion was his woodworking. He continued to produce and sell picnic tables & Adirondack chairs out of his home until his 90’s. All the members of his family are blessed to have some of his precious creations in their own homes. Connie was also an usher and an active member at St. Joseph Church in North Grosvenordale throughout his entire 97 years.
Connie is survived by two sons Lawrence Lippiello and his wife Cheryl of Putnam and Daniel Lippiello and his wife Jayne of Tamarac, FL; daughter, Theresa Blain of N. Grosvenordale; a sister, Matilda “Tillie” Deotte of N. Grosvenordale; six grandchildren Donald, Derek, Jodi, Todd, Michael, and Meghan; six great grandchildren Charlee, Bodie, Colton, Lincoln, Riley, and Jacob; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by two brothers, Victor Lippiello and Louis Lippiello; and four sisters, Lisa Pope, Carmela Czechowski, Lydia Cutter, and Virginia Lippiello and his son-in-law Bob Blain and his daughter-in-law Shelly Lippiello.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Connie’s family from 9:00 am to 10:45 am on Monday, December 5, 2022, in the Valade Funeral Home and Crematory, 23 Main St., N. Grosvenordale, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. in St. Joseph Church, 18 Main St., N. Grosvenordale, CT. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to St. Joseph Church, PO Box 665, Putnam, CT 06260. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.
I’m so shocked at hearing this news! I’m so so very sorry for your loss! I loved this man! I worked with him at U. S. Button in Putnam, CT for quite a few years. He was always gentle and patient while teaching me the ropes there. Always made me laugh. I’ve remembered him in my heart all these years and will continue to do so for many more. I lost touch with all my co-workers there and found myself often wondering how he was and hoping he was ok.
I’m so sorry.
Terry and family, I am so sorry to hear this sad news. Please accept my sincere sympathy.
The Salvas Family
Larry and Family, Sending sympathy to you and your family. Thoughts and prayers are with you.
Terry and Family, I was so sorry to hear about your Father. He sure was a wonderful man. My thoughts and prayers are with your entire family during this difficult time.
Mike & Anita Santerre
Terry and family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
The Gomez family
Dear Terry and family, thinking of you all during this difficult time. We are so sorry for your loss and want to extend our condolences to you, all your children and their families and your brothers and their families. I’m sure your father was a great man who will be greatly missed by all. Strength to you all.
Rene and Lynne Morin
Terry, Larry, Danny and Family. Thompson has lost a Pillar in our Community. Everyone loved and appreciated Connie for all of his efforts on our behalf. “Mr. Thompson Little League”, the iconic Picnic Tables and Adirondack Chairs on his front lawn, his daily walks around Town, his love of Family, Community and Country are all synonymous with your Dad. Thank you for sharing him with all of us. We were all fortunate to have know him. His image will be missed. He, and you will be in our daily prayers.
Rene and Lynne Morin
Sorry to the family loss of Connie . God bless!! His friend from Jack Benny league Emil.
Paula A BIRNEY
He was a terrific uncle. Always lots of fun. Uncle Ches and Aunt Ruth are united again and forever. I am sorry I cannot be with you today, but I am in spirit. All my love, Paula
John & Merry Burke
Condolences to Larry, JoAnn and the Lippiello family.