John B. Scalzo, of Danbury, beloved husband of 61 years to Rose Marie (Rodrigues) Scalzo, died peacefully at Danbury Hospital on Wednesday, January 16. He was born on February 7, 1927 in Pittsburgh, PA, son of the late Antonio and Frances (Gentile) Scalzo. He was a Veteran of World War II, serving with the United States Merchant Marines, and the Korean War, serving with the United States Army. He was a member of the U.S. Merchant Marine Veterans World War II, and the American Merchant Marine Veterans.
Mr. Scalzo lived in Carbondale, PA for a number of years before moving to Danbury. He started out as a hatter and went into construction working for numerous construction companies throughout Connecticut and New York. Mr. Scalzo worked as an Inspector in the Engineering Department for the City of Danbury for many years. He was a parishioner of St. Gregory the Great Church where he served as an usher for more than 50 years. He was a member of the VFW, the American Legion, Amerigo Vespucci Lodge, Labor Union Local #60 and AARP Chapter 1067. He was also a member of the Catholic War Veterans Post 1042, where he served in every office, including state and local commander. He was honored by the CWV with the St. Sebastian Award.
He also enjoyed playing cards, duckpin bowling, going to the Connecticut casinos, and was an avid cook.
In addition to his cherished wife, Rose Marie, he will be sadly missed by his devoted son, Anthony Scalzo of Danbury; his four brothers, Louis Scalzo of Bethel, Anthony Scalzo of Danbury, Frank Scalzo and his wife, Colleen of Jupiter, FL, and Carmine Scalzo and his wife, Donna of Danbury; his sister-in-law, Dorothy Scalzo of Newtown; and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. He was predeceased by his brother Joseph.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, January 19 at 10 a.m. at St. Gregory the Great Church. Burial will follow in St. Peter Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the Cornell Memorial Home, 247 White Street Danbury, on Friday between the hours of 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.
In keeping with John’s wishes, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Gregory the Great Church or to Sacred Heart of Jesus Church.