MIDDLEBURY — Mr. Anthony Donald “Don” Perrotti, 85, passed away peacefully after a long illness on Friday, Nov. 14, 2014 in the VITAS Innovative Hospice unit at Saint Mary’s Hospital, surrounded by the love and comfort of his family. He was a longtime resident of Middlebury.

Mr. Perrotti was born on April 17, 1929 in Waterbury, Conn., the son of the late Carmine and Antoinette (Ciampi) Perrotti. He was a loving and dedicated husband, father and grandfather.

He was a veteran who served in the United States Army Transportation Corps during the Korean War from 1951 to 1953. Don served on a troop transport ship. He loved to refer to himself as a “Sea-going Doggie.”

He worked for more than 35 years at the former Colonial Bank. He was a hardworking man who was an accomplished painter, carpenter and all-around handyman. His legacy of hard work and determination will live on in his children and grandchildren.

Besides his devoted wife, Marie (Spallone) Perrotti of 59 years, he is survived by two daughters, Annette Tedesco and her partner Marci Manzolli of Middlebury, Marie Murphy and her husband Edward Murphy of York, Pa.; four sons, Anthony D. Perrotti Jr. and his wife Kelly of Middlebury, William Perrotti and his wife Jennifer of Watertown, Paul Perrotti and his wife Terri of Middlebury, Neil Perrotti and his wife Kristie of Waterbury.

He also leaves 14 grandchildren, Stephen Tedesco, who shares his birthday, Edward “EJ” Murphy, Martin, Daniel, Ella, Stefanie, Katelyn, Lauren, Paul Jr., Anthony “AJ”, Gianni, Brady, their mother Tara Perrotti, Billie Rose and Nico Perrotti; two brothers, Frank and Robert Perrotti; and a sister Louise Varanelli. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

All services are private. There are no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. John of the Cross Church, 1321 Whittemore Road, Middlebury CT 06762 or VITAS Community Connection, c/o Innovative Hospice Care, 199 Park Road Ext., Suite 102, Middlebury, CT 06762.

Chase Parkway Memorial/The Albini Family Funeral Home, 430 Chase Parkway, Waterbury, is in charge of arrangements. For more info or to send E-Condolences visit: www.chaseparkwaymemorial.com

From The Waterbury Republican-American