Donald Vincent Iannuzzi, Sr., born September 25, 1932, son of Dominic and Concetta (Carolla) Iannuzzi. Our Lord took him into His arms on Friday, November 6, 2009.Don attended St. Michaelâ€(TM)s Grammar School and Commercial High School. Soon after graduating, he proudly enlisted in the United States Air Force for four years during the Korean War. A graduate of the 3520th Flight Engineer Squadron USAF. He served as Flight Engineer on B29 and B25 Aircraft Bombers achieving rank of Sergeant.
While in the Service, he married his high school sweetheart, and moved to Wichita, Kansas.
After an Honorable Discharge from the U.S. Air Force, he joined the West Haven Police Department and for many years worked the beat at Savin Rock. He attended John Jay College and later became a Detective on the Force. He received accommodations for his work in helping to solve a number of homicides in West Haven. He served on the committee to organize the Policemanâ€(TM)s Ball, a big event held every year and was elected Chairman.
As a dedicated Policeman and Detective, Don was respected by teenagers for his fairness; and by many for his sense of compassion. As he always quoted, â€śAt the end of the game, kings and pawns are placed in the same boxâ€ť.
After his retirement from the WHPD, he trained in Arizona to become certified as a United States Federal Marshall and worked in the New Haven Federal Court.
Don was always involved in his community. As a young man he volunteered his services as a Camp Counselor in Northford for the New Haven Boysâ€(TM) Club. He was a member of the Police Association of Connecticut. He was an active member of Our Lady of Victory Parish for many years, and served on the Finance Committee arranging many fundraisers - in particular for the Catholic Youth Organization (C.Y.O.). For years he was responsible for raising money by organizing and participating in basketball games played between Police and Priests from the area. This was a very successful fundraiser in which the teams competing were called the â€śCops and Robbersâ€ť.
For years he would anonymously patrol the OLOV carnival after closing until daylight. As their neighbor, he befriended most every priest assigned to OLOV opening his home and heart to each. He later volunteered as a Bingo Caller for the Church. He was also a charter member of the West Haven Italian American Civic Association, voted Man of the Year (1975). He often told the story of originating the Club with only five men, holding their meetings in the basement of one of the five founding members, his neighbor, Armand Girasuolo.
Besides his wife, his family and his friends, Donâ€(TM)s many loves were the Yankees, Dimaggio, Mantle, the Giants, music â€" especially Jazz and Frank Sinatra, beautiful cars, his dogs, entertaining, and â€¦ the â€śSummer Windâ€ť off the ocean on the Cape Cod beach every summer.
Don will be remembered by many as â€śBig D.â€ť Not only for his size, but also his big â€śheartâ€ť.
A very loving and devout husband of Mary-Lou (Antonucci) Iannuzzi and proud of his children, son Kurt D., daughter-in-law Jo-Ann (Torino) Iannuzzi, daughter Kim D., son Donald Vincent, JR., granddaughters Kristyn and Chelsea Iannuzzi, brother Ralph Iannuzzi, nephew Ralph Iannuzzi, niece Debra (Iannuzzi) Bean and his dear Aunt Mary Martingano.
Funeral from the IOVANNE FUNERAL HOME INC. 11 Wooster Place Wednesday morning at 11:15. A graveside service and burial with military honors will be held in St. Thomas Cemetery in Southington at noon. Visiting hours will be Wednesday from 9:30-11am.
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