Brooklyn – Harry J. Atsales, 89, of South Main Street died on January 12, 2018 at Day Kimball Hospital. Born on June 2, 1928, in Putnam, CT, he was the son of the late John and Antonia (Angelopoulos) Atsales.
Harry was a graduate of Killingly High School after which he joined the United States Army and served in the Korean War. He worked for American Screw Company, Willimantic; Kaman Aerospace, Norwich; and Rogers Corporation, Woodstock. He then became the owner and operator of his own landscaping and cleaning service.
Harry was a “Jack of all trades.” He had the uncanny ability to fix everything and enjoyed woodworking. An avid watcher of “60 Minutes” and other news programs, Harry could often be seen meeting with friends for coffee where they would discuss politics and current events. He enjoyed rooting for his favorite sports teams, the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots, fishing, playing cards, and sewing.
Harry was a loving and proud father, father-in-law, brother, uncle, grandfather, and friend. “The Chief,” as he was lovingly called, will be forever remembered for his intelligence, charm, sharp wit, and generosity. Harry is survived by his daughter, Stacey Ruoppo and her husband Mark of Thompson, CT; his sister, Marcia Dionis and her husband John of Danielson, CT; two grandchildren, Althea Marie Ruoppo and John Harry Ruoppo; several nieces and nephews; and his close friend Robert Briere. Harry is predeceased by his son John Harry Atsales, four brothers, Theodore, James, William, and Andrew; and four sisters Virginia, Georgia, Katherine, and Sophia.
At Harry’s request, all services are private and have been entrusted to the Gilman Valade Funeral Home and Crematory, 104 Church St. Putnam, CT. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com