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John N. "Lefty" Buonocore
(November 13, 1928 - February 21, 2013)

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John N.

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John N. Buonocore

Loving Father and Grandfather

Mr. John N. “Lefty” Buonocore, 84 of 290 Citizens Avenue, died Thursday February 21, 2013 at his residence in the presence of his loving family. He was the widower of Gilda (Pavone) Buonocore.

Lefty was born in Waterbury on November 13, 1928, son of the late Anthony and Maria (Vozzo) Buonocore. He graduated from Mary Abbott Grammar School and attended Leavenworth High School before joining the Navy in 1945 having served in World War II aboard the battleship USS Mississippi BB41 from 1946-1947. He was called back to duty in 1950 and served one year in Korea aboard the USS LST-898. He was a life member of the Painters Union Local 481 and he retired from Commercial Painting Company in 1990. He was a life member of the Wolcott VFW # 1979 and a member of the Aviglianese Athletic Club. He loved to hunt and fish and his favorite hobby was picking wild mushrooms that he enjoyed sharing with friends and relatives. He loved to make people laugh, tell jokes and he was always smiling.

Lefty leaves two sons; Dominic “Dino” Buonocore and his wife Dina of Waterbury, and Antonio “Tony” Buonocore of Southbury Training School; three daughters, Elena Hansen of Edgewater, FL, Joan Buonocore (Klies) of Wolcott, and Carol Fortier and Bob Fortier of Waterbury; a brother, Anthony Buonocore and his wife Lorraine of Wolcott; two sisters, Rosalie Valletta of Old Saybrook and Angie Beccia and her husband John of Anaheim, CA; eight grandchildren, Danny Buonocore and his wife Carrie of New York, Nicole Pituch of Colorado, SPC Frederick Klies Jr. stationed in Virginia, Eric Klies of Wolcott, Jamie, Jessica, and Jennifer Buonocore of Waterbury, and Kristina Fortier of Waterbury; two great grandchildren, Joshua and Abigail Buonocore of New York; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by four brothers, Jake, Dominic, Andrew, and Leo Buonocore and two sisters, Raffy Ciriello and Mary Moffo.

Arrangements: Military funeral Monday 9:00 a.m. from Chase Parkway Memorial/The Albini Family Funeral Home 430 Chase Parkway to St. Lucy’s Church for a Mass at 10:00 a.m. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. Calling hours Sunday from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made in Lefty’s memory to:

St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital
P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142
Memphis, TN 38418

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