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Larry Joseph Pontillo

September 25, 1954December 27, 2020

Larry Joseph Pontillo,66 of New York City, New York died Sunday December 27, 2020. Larry was born September 25, 1954 in New Haven, CT to Louis and Mary Rita Pontillo, Sr. Larry was happily and lovingly married to Kathleen Pogwizd Pontillo. Besides his loving wife Kathy, Larry is survived by his brother Louis A. Pontillo, Jr and his wife Amelia B. Pontillo of Southbury, CT. Also, his brother Christy A. Pontillo and his wife Sandra G. Pontillo of Clinton, CT. Larry is survived by his nieces Jennifer A. Pontillo of Framingham, MA, Sara G. Johnson and her husband Todd Johnson their children Isabella and Bridget of Clinton, CT. Also, survived by his niece Lisa M. Keane and her husband David and their daughters Alexis and Paige of Sandy Hook, CT. Also, Kathy’s sister-in-law Lisa Pogwizd and Lisa’s son Johnathan. Larry was predeceased by Kathy’s brother John. Larry also leaves Kathy’s parents John and Dorothy Pogwizd.

Larry graduated from The Morgan School in Clinton, CT in 1972. He received his BA in Drama from Hofstra University Hempstead Long Island, NY. Larry received his Master’s Degree in Finance from New York University (NYU) Manhattan, NY.

Larry was retired from the Small Business Administration (SBA) most recently as a Lender Relations Specialist in NYC. Larry also worked with FEMA at the World Trade Center September 11, 2001.

Using his many talents in the theatre and his drama degree from Hofstra Larry ran the Clinton Musical Theatre in Clinton, CT from 1976 to 1979. He produced and was associated with the musicals A Gift of the Magi and Musical Chairs in NYC. His brothers Lou and Christy fondly remember opening night of A Gift of the Magi waiting in Sardi’s into the wee hours of the morning for Clive Barnes’s review in the New York Times.

Funeral precession will leave the Swan Funeral Home, 80 East Main Street Clinton Monday at 10:30am, with a Mass of Christian Burial at Saint Mary’s Church of the Visitation, Grove Street Clinton at 11am. Burial will be in Saint Mary’s Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Sunday from 1-4pm and prior to leaving on Monday for Saint Mary’s Church. Contributions may be made in his honor to the Clinton Volunteer Fire Department Ambulance Division, 35 East Main Street, Clinton 06413, or Broadwaycares.org/2020. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Carl Swan at Hamden Memorial Funeral Home, 1300 Dixwell Avenue Hamden. Condolences may be expressed at Hamdenmemorialfuneralhome.com.

Services

  • Calling Hours

    Sunday, January 3, 2021

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Monday, January 4, 2021

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Patti Humphrey

January 5, 2021

I was part of the Clinton Musical Theatre. It was one of the most magical experiences I have ever had. Larry had a way of making you feel included and important. Even if you were just an "extra".
I am so sorry to hear of his passing. My heartfelt sympathy to his wife and his family.

Irene Donald

January 5, 2021

Condolences to Larry's family. My sister, Harriet Pudeler Ebert, "baby" sat for him after school for many years. I would substitute once in a while. We are sad by the news. May God bless you all. Irene Pudeler Donald

Richard Ginsburg

January 4, 2021

Tom, Sal, person, Larry,Lon

Tim Fagan

January 4, 2021

I remember Larry as a kind and sometime funny guy.being neighbors from the other side of the tracks. Being class of 75 and Larry being class of 72, July 4th parades and parents knowing parents. Larry was a gentle man. R.I.P Larry. The Fagan Family.

Edie Jud

January 3, 2021

I’m beyond sad over Larry’s passing. He was always one of my biggest fans. He had insightful comments that were always appreciated. In fact, I sought out his opinion. Larry found the humor in stories I told that weren’t funny, until he made them so. I wish we had been able to spend more time together these last several years; thank goodness for our pre-Covid dinner last February. My thoughts and prayers are with Kathy and the rest of his family. May his memory be a blessing always.

Richard Ginsburg

January 3, 2021

We shared some of the best of times . Sal Tom larry and I had years of meals at the Saz. Movies , shows game night - Larry once asked me to name the iceberg that sunk the Titanic. We were all stumped . There were parties ,jokes and deep conversations the stuff of great friendship
So hard to believe we can never hear him laugh again. I had hoped. Safe journey old friend.

Joanna Blais

December 31, 2020

Frankly, I'm still in shock. We shared so many times together. Something I always appreciated about Larry - he was so kind to my parents. Every year, as a combination birthday and Mother's Day gift, we would take my mom to the theater and then to dinner. And we'd cap off the day w/ capuccinos at the Cafe Sha Sha, where Larry would always meet us. She looked forward to seeing him every year. And when she passed, when I used to try to get my dad out of the house and around people, Larry would always make a point of including him in the conversation.
He will be sorely missed.

Paul Bunten

December 31, 2020

What a genuinely nice guy, what a sincerely gentle friend. Rest well, Larry.

Bbrian Mcguinness

December 30, 2020

Larry was an amazing friend and neighbor.He will be missed greatly and I will never forget him.He always put a smile on my face

Thom Bray

December 30, 2020

Larry was a kind man, and a devoted son. We shared many, many happy times together. I am saddened by this news and I send my deepest sympathies to his loving family.

FROM THE FAMILY