The town’s flag will fly at half-mast on Tuesday, June 17, to commemorate the life of Joe Angelillo. Angelillo passed away at the age of 91, on Wednesday, June 11.
“It is very rare [to fly the flag at half-mast],” said Town Manager Garry Brumback.
Brumback said the flag is only flown at half-mast for those that have made significant contributions to the town. Though it has happened a few times in the past, this is the first occurrence during Brumback’s tenure.
The town does not have the authority to have the United States flag flown at half-mast.
Town Council Chairman Michael Riccio asked that the flag be flown at half-mast.
Angelillo was a Navy veteran of World War II. He had a long and distinguished career within the state.
He was a member of the VFW, the Elks and the Knights of Columbus. He was also a member of the Vo-Ag Advisory Committee and director of the Reuben Thalberg Foundation and the Southington Historical Society.
Angelillo was a communicant and volunteer at St. Thomas Church for over 50 years. He also sponsored pizza parties for St. Thomas School.
He was honored as the first recipient of the Father McVerry award in 2007, the UNICO Gold Medal of Honor and was recently recognized as the Knights of Columbus Citizen of the Year.