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  • Pasquale Maida

  • Pasquale “Patsy” Maida, age 92, of Hartford, passed away bravely and peacefully on Sunday (Sept. 30, 2012) at Hartford Hospital surrounded by his loving family.

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  • Pasquale “Patsy” Maida, age 92, of Hartford, passed away bravely and peacefully on Sunday (Sept. 30, 2012) at Hartford Hospital surrounded by his loving family.
    Born in Pianopoli, Italy, on Jan. 29, 1920, he was the son of the late Antonio and Josephine (Nanci) Maida who emigrated from Italy and settled in Herkimer. “Patsy,” as he was affectionately known, was predeceased by his beloved wife, Eleanora “Ellie” (Guzzo) Maida. Ellie was the love of his life. Until his illness didn’t allow him, he faithfully visited her at Cedar Hill Cemetery practically every day. After he and Ellie married and he completed his service obligation in the U.S. Army, they settled in Hartford where they proudly raised their two children. Patsy devoted more than 60 years to the grocery business, including ownership of Maida’s Market on Franklin Avenue in Hartford and a highly dedicated 50 year career as a butcher for D&D Market, also in Hartford. There are very few individuals who captured the hearts of his customers as he did with his caring and friendly demeanor and his desire to make sure that everyone was highly satisfied with what they purchased.
    Patsy was a dedicated and proud veteran of World War II who served his country in battles and campaigns in Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes and Central Europe. He received a Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal and European African Middle Eastern Theater Campaign Ribbon. Patsy proudly wore his favorite World War II commemorative hat and greatly enjoyed meeting and talking to other veterans, especially those from the Third Armored Division in which he served.
    He was an active member of the Christopher Columbus Society and helped to organize a duckpin bowling league for many years. He was an avid bowler and a lifelong New York Yankee fan. One of his favorite pastimes was listening to or watching Yankee games. Patsy also loved gardening and took pride in the fruits of his labor each planting season. He was particularly proud of his fig tree! He is also known for his homemade “giurgilena” during the holiday season. It was a treat he happily shared with many, and he loved going to various homes of friends and relatives to help them make their own batch of giurgilena. Patsy also annually made cappicola and sopresatta with various family members and took great pride in everyone’s enjoyment of his annual batch of these delicious culinary treats.
    A devoted father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin and friend to many, Patsy was known as a caring, kind and generous man by all who had the great privilege of knowing him. Very few individuals grace our earth with the kind of loving impact he has had on so many. He particularly loved giving to others and always made friends with ease. He will be greatly missed by his family members, work colleagues, customers and friends.
    Page 2 of 2 - Patsy is survived by his daughter, Rose D’Onofrio and her husband, Bob; his son, Anthony and his wife, Carol; his two adored granddaughters, Christi Maida and Tracey Altieri and her husband, Kevin; and his very precious great-grandchildren, Peter and Eleanora Altieri. He is also survived by his beloved siblings, Kate Sciortino and her husband, Vito, Delores Scalise and Gus Maida and his wife, Julie; his brother-in-law, Joseph Guzzo and his wife, Sarah; and his sister-in-law, Sandra Guzzo. He also has many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends, as well as work colleagues, both past and present, of D&D Market, including his two bosses, Kelly and Daniel “Danny” D’Aprile who he regarded as family members. In addition to his beloved wife and parents, he was predeceased by his sister-in-law, Emilia Donato and her husband and Patsy’s best friend, Benny, and his brothers-in-law, Gus Scalise and Auggie Guzzo.
    Patsy’s family wishes to extend their heartfelt appreciation and thanks to the Hartford Hospital Center 10 nursing and medical staff who provided such amazing care and comfort during his last weeks of life and previous hospital stays. The support and kindness they extended to him and his family will always be remembered. Thanks as well to the staff of Emeritus of Rocky Hill, where Patsy resided for two months, and to the nursing amd related services staff of Excella Healthcare, Apple Rehab of Rocky Hill and AllStar Therapy for their exceptional commitment to his care in recent months.
    Funeral services will begin on Thursday at 9 a.m. at the D’Esopo Funeral Chapel, 277 Folly Brook Blvd., Wethersfield, followed by a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Patrick-St. Anthony Church, 285 Church St., Hartford. Entombment with military honors will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford.
    Donations in Patsy’s memory may be made to the American Heart Association , 5 Brookside Drive, P.O. Box 5022, Wallingford, CT 06492 or to Disabled American Veterans, 35 Cold Spring Rd., Suite 315, Rocky Hill, CT 06067.
    For online expressions of sympathy to the family, please visit www.desopo.com.

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