1920 – 2020
Putnam – Victor E. Lippiello, 100, of Emond St., passed away at home on Thursday, December 10th. Born July 16, 1920 in Putnam, CT, Mr. Lippiello was the son of the late Bartolomeo and Maria (Trama) Lippiello. He was married to the late Josephine (Barrille) Lippiello on June 21, 1947, in Buffalo, NY.
A member of the “Greatest Generation,” Mr. Lippiello served in the U.S. Army 11th Airborne – 511th Parachute Infantry as a paratrooper in the Pacific Theater of World War II. He made 27 jumps, including one combat jump over Japanese-occupied Manila. At the end of the war, he was stationed as a peacekeeper in Japan before returning home. His decorations and citations included the Asiatic Pacific Theater Campaign Ribbon, the Philippine Liberation Ribbon, the Good Conduct Medal, and the Victory Medal. He was honorably discharged at Fort Devens in January 1946.
Upon returning home, he was employed by the Uncas Printing and Finishing Company in Mechanicsville. He also worked as an upholsterer for Risom Manufacturing before moving on to the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles, from where he retired in 1992. Victor was a Life Member of the Putnam Lodge of Elks #574, a member of the American Legion Post #13 Putnam, and a parishioner of St. Mary’s Church of the Visitation in Putnam. In 2020, the town of Putnam declared July 16th “Victor Lippiello Day” in his honor. Victor could often be seen on his daily walks and enjoyed playing cards as a member of the “Iron Dukes” at the Elks. He was an avid gardener and was known for his home-made tomato sauce. In addition, he was a 22-gallon blood donor with the American Red Cross.
Victor is survived by his daughter, JoAnn (Lippiello) Gorham of Woodstock Valley, his granddaughter, Victoria (Gorham) Ywarsky and her husband John of Brooklyn, CT; and his beloved great-granddaughter, his “Queen” Josephine Ywarsky. He is additionally survived by his siblings, Constantino “Connie” Lippiello and Matilda “Tillie” Deotte, both of North Grosvenordale, and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by his brother, Louis Lippiello, and sisters Lisa Pope, Carmela Czechowski, Lydia Cutter, and Virginia Lippiello.
Due to Covid-19, services will be private. A celebration of Victor’s life will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Mary Church of the Visitation, 218 Providence St., Putnam, CT 06260 or the American Legion Post #13, P.O. Box 123, Putnam, CT 06260. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Gilman Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Church St., Putnam, CT. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.