Fiore Samuel “Sam” D’Amato, 97, formerly of East Berlin, passed away on Monday, Nov. 15, 2021 at MidState Medical Center in Meriden. He was the widow of Lillian Ida (Maino) D’Amato.
Born in New Britain, he was the son of the late Sabatino and Casilda (Pezzina) D’Amato. Fiore graduated from New Britain High and attended Moody’s School of Business. Fiore was a U.S. Army Veteran and served in World War II with five of his brothers in the Ranger Unit, 2nd Battalion Headquarters Company. He was employed at Fafnir Bearing Company for over 35 years, retiring as a Production Manager. Fiore was very active in his retirement. He was a member of the Berlin VFW, where he was a Past Commander and Adjunct, a member of the Fafnir Seniors, an original member of the Timberlin Golf Seniors and past president of the Stony Mill Condo Association. Fiore was also a member of The Sacred Heart Church in East Berlin. He loved to golf, bowl, and play cards at the VFW. He was a fantastic carpenter by building beautiful pieces of furniture for his family that will be cherished forever.
Surviving are a son, Tom D’Amato and his wife Mary of Berlin; a daughter, Pat Young and her husband George, also of Berlin; four grandchildren, Michael and his wife Catherine of West Hartford, Jenna D’Amato of Berlin, Erin Shea and her husband Tim of Canterbury, Matthew Young and his wife Jamie of Shelton; four great-grandchildren, Timmy, Jenny, Sam and Hallie; a brother, William “Willie” D’Amato; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by twelve brothers and sisters.
Special thanks to those at The Village of Kensington Place for their compassion and care during his short time there. And to the Special Care unit at Midstate Medical Center who made his final moments comfortable.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, Nov. 22, 2021 at 11:30 AM at Sacred Heart Church in East Berlin. Burial, with military honors, will be in Fairview Cemetery. A calling hour will be held Monday morning from 10 AM to 11 AM at Erickson-Hansen Funeral Home of Berlin/Porters, 111 Chamberlain Hwy, Kensington. Memorial donations may be made to VFW Foundation, (vfw.org.).
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