Leo J. Piccoli

May 3, 1917 ~ March 27, 2018 (age 100)

Leo J. Piccoli, 100, of New Britain, passed away peacefully on March 27, 2018 in New Britain, CT. Born on May 3, 1917 in Meriden, CT, he was the son of the late Celeste and Maria (Costello) Piccoli.  Leo lived most of his life in New Britain, with summers finding him enjoying his Dud's Village beach cottage in Madison, CT which he built with help from family and friends in 1947. Staff Sargent Piccoli served as a cook in the U.S. Army from 1944 to 1946, afterwards returning to New Britain where he worked at the Fafnir Bearing Company until his retirement in 1977. He was an active member of the Northwestern TGM Memorial Post, the Marchegian Society, the New Britain Senior Center and the Italian Fraternal Society. He loved baseball and he was a lifelong Yankee fan. After retiring, he began most warm weather days with an early morning round of golf with his many friends at Stanley Golf Course and afterwards, with his boundless energy, he would typically head home to play in his yard. He had a green thumb in the garden, planting trees and shrubs, and tending to his beautiful flowers and delicious vegetables. He was always planning ahead to tweaking next year’s garden creation. At the Connecticut shore he enjoyed relaxing at the beach with his wife, Rose, playing Set Back with friends, fishing, crabbing and especially clamming and was affectionately known locally as "Clambo" and "Sonar Toes". He and his beloved wife of 51 years, "light on her toes Rose" both loved to dance and as members of the Bucks and Does Square Dancers, together, they Do-Si-Do’ed their way throughout the northeast and Florida. Perhaps his greatest talent was his cooking, serving up magical Italian dishes at every opportunity for his family- his greatest joy in life. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.  Leo is survived by his two sons and daughter-in-law John and Elaine Piccoli of Clinton and Donald Piccoli of New Britain; son-in-law Walter Cross of West Hartford; two grandchildren Jeffrey Piccoli of Harwinton and Wendy and Brett Steeves of New Hartford; four great-grandchildren Taylor, Paige, Sara and John and many nieces, nephews and friends.  He is predeceased by his loving wife Rose (Rossi) Piccoli; daughter Marie Piccoli; and by his siblings Joseph, Geno, Vito, Erma and Rita.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 10AM at St. Ann Church, 47 Clark St., New Britain followed by internment with Military Honors at Fairview Cemetery, 120 Smalley St., New Britain.  Calling hours for Leo will be held on Monday, April 2, 2018 from 4-7PM at Luddy-Peterson Funeral Home, 205 S. Main St., New Britain.

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