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It is with deep regret, that the Stamford Fire Department announces the passing of former Stamford Firefighter  Pasquale “Pat” Battinelli Jr.

Pasquale “Pat” Battinelli Jr., passed away peacefully on April 6, 2023 surrounded by his family. He was born on July 20, 1932, to Pasquale Sr. and Katherine (Bruno) in Darien, CT. When he was a young boy, the family moved to Stamford. He enjoyed the Boy Scouts and camping. He attended Stark School, where at the age of 13, met his lifelong love, Gloria Fabrizio.

Pat graduated from Stamford High School in 1950 and joined the United States Marine Corp. He served during the Korean war from 1951-1954, stationed in the Philippine islands. After his service, he returned home to Stamford where he and Gloria were married and raised four children.

Pat joined the Glenbrook Fire Dept. in 1948 as a junior member. He worked his way through the ranks until becoming chief. As chief, he led the department through a lot of their golden years. Pat was a founding member of the “Big Five” volunteer depts., and helped with the implementation of the 911 system, while also originating the Glenbrook block party and the Glenbrook Christmas tree lightings.

In 1955, he was proud to be employed by the Stamford Fire Dept. doing what he loved to do. He was stationed at the West Side Station 3. Upon leaving the fire dept., Pat began the successful “Battinelli and Sansone” painting and contracting business for many years, sprucing up many homes around town and even one of the first Grade A Markets.

Pat along with other ex-Marines, formed and were very active in the Young Marines of Stamford. Some of his young Marines still remember him till this day as helping them keep on the straight and narrow and become respected individuals.

His patriotism led him to take over and run the Patriotic and Special Events Commission for over 30 years. He was in charge of every parade the city had during that time.

After retiring from his painting business, Pat then took a job with the city as a painter for the Board of Education and for over 30 years, he could be seen wheeling his cart through the halls of every school in town. Greeting students and teachers with his familiar mustached smile.

He became “Commandant” of the Marine Corp League, Lock City detachment and for years gave back and lent support to our active troops abroad and our homebound injured veterans as well.
Older residents will remember that he also ran two businesses in Glenbrook, The Smoky Stover Lunchette and the Brush and Hammer rent-it-shop. Pat was on the original Board of Trustees of the then “new” Glenbrook community center. He was also affiliated with Elks Lodge 899, American Legion, Piedmont Club, Hooks for Heroes, Toys for Tots, Subic Bay Marines and a member of the G.A.C. He was proud to have the titles of Honorary Police Chief, Kentucky Colonel, and Stamford Citizen of the Year.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children Tony (Mary), Ralph, Michael (Rosanna), Patty Franco (Dominick) along with eleven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. His two sisters-in-law Josephine Battinelli and Catherine Battinelli also survive him.

Pat was predeceased by his parents, his siblings, Ursula Rich (Al), Carl Battinelli (Helen), Ann Zaccagnino (Bill), Ralph Battinelli, Rita Murphy (Bob), and Louis Battinelli and by a daughter-in-law, Lee Battinelli.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in his memory to Cystic Fibrosis, www.cff.org/chapters/Connecticut-Chapter .

Family will receive relatives and friends on Friday, April 14th from 3pm to 8pm at Bosak Funeral Home, 453 Shippan Avenue in Stamford. A Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, April 15th at 11am at St. Maurice Church, 358 Glenbrook Road, in Stamford. Burial will be private.

If you wish to make an online remembrance for the family online, you may sign the family guestbook at www.bosakfuneralhome.com or www.facebook.com/bosakfuneralhome .

Former Stamford Firefighter and Long Time Volunteer Fire Service Advocate Pat Battinelli Has Passed Away

Posted: April 12, 2023
About the Author: Captain Philip Hayes
Captain Hayes is a 31-year veteran of the Stamford Fire Department. He is currently assigned to the East Side Fire Station #4 on Shippan Avenue. In addition to his regular Fire Officer duties, he is a Public Relations Officer, the developer of the StamfordFire.com website and serves on the Departments' IT Team. He is also an avid fan of Fire Department history.
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