Obituary Donato Rinaldi of Waterbury, Connecticut
Donato was born in Pontelandolfo, Italy, on May 17, 1927, son of the late Nicola and Giuseppina Rinaldi. In 1951, he emigrated to Montreal, Canada, where he and Ilda were married in 1952. They moved to Waterbury in 1953, and he began a career in manufacturing having worked at American Brass, Biondi’s and Blake and Johnson. He worked for Blake and Johnson for 11 years before moving onto Anchor Fasteners in 1966, where he eventually retired from in 1992.
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- We shared a lot of laughs, tears & stories daily that seemed to help support each other when needed.
- Born in Dunmore, son of the late Dominick and Rose Delvecchio Rinaldi, Donato was a 1946 graduate of Dunmore high school.
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Above all things, he was proud of and loved his family. Danny met and fell in love with his wife, Nancy, soon after the war and they were married at St. Lucy’s Church, Scranton on Feb. 3, 1951. They resided in Dunmore for the rest of their lives and raised five children. Danny loved spending time outdoors including gardening, taking care of his lawn and hosting family cookouts. Most of all, he loved watching his grandchildren and seeing them grow up.
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They moved to Waterbury in 1953 and he began a career in manufacturing having worked at American Brass, Biondi’s and Blake and Johnson. He worked for Blake and Johnson for 11 years before moving onto Anchor Fasteners in 1966 where he eventually retired from in 1992. He was a longtime member of the Pontelandolfo Community Club and enjoyed his daily visits to the club. He also enjoyed gardening, winemaking and his prized fig trees. Nothing made him happier than sharing his annual bounty of figs with friends and family. In spite of losing his sight in his later years, he never complained and was able to live alone and accomplish so many things without assistance.
Mr. Rinaldi is licensed in Florida and Connecticut and is an active volunteer with Saint Johns County Legal Aid. He enjoys cooking, hiking, and snowboarding and is a National Park enthusiast. He lives with his wife and son in Fruit Cove, Florida. Our deepest sympathies to your family on the loss of Danny. He was a good man and we’re glad we had the chance to get to know him.
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We were so very sorry to hear of your Dads passing. Such a kind, loving & gentle man with a smile & story to tell always. Our family was so fortunate to have had the pleasure of your Dads (who we often referred to as "the chief") & your families company everyday at the Jewish Home when our Mom was also a resident there. We shared a lot of laughs, tears & stories daily that seemed to help support each other when needed. Dear Rinaldi Family, I am so very sorry for your loss.
He loved the new home he built on Cooney Street in 1962 and made many lifelong friends there. Danny was always well loved by his family, his neighbors and his co-workers. He is also survived by a sister, Catherine Carson; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.