October 17, 1953 – February 24, 2020
LAWRENCE T. ALTAVILLA, JR., “Larry,” age 66, of Monroe, beloved son, brother, husband, father, and grandfather (though he preferred “Pop Pop”), entered into his eternal rest on Monday, February 24th, 2020, at Smilow Cancer Center at Yale New Haven Hospital after a brief but courageous battle with metastatic pancreatic cancer, surrounded by his loving family.
He was the beloved (though often irritating!) husband of Megan Frederick. His doctors described him as “a strong-willed man,” which seemed to be a nice way of saying he was a stubborn ass, always doing things his own way. He was born October 17, 1953, in Bridgeport, Connecticut and was a Monroe resident since 1990. The son of the late Lawrence T. Altavilla, Sr., and Jennie (Silvestro) Altavilla, Larry graduated from Trumbull High School and went on to complete his degree in Accounting at New Haven University. After becoming a CPA, he worked with a couple of accounting firms in Bridgeport until continuing in his father’s footsteps and running his own practice for over 33 years in Monroe, Altavilla & Associates, LLC.
Larry enjoyed simple pleasures in life – rounds of golf as often as possible, sunbathing on the beach from dawn to dusk, and spending time with his children and four-year-old grandson, Tyler. He and Tyler particularly loved to play with “Pop Pop’s doggies,” Willie and Gracie. He was a social butterfly and incredible friend, personally connecting with everyone he met. Larry’s favorite yearly tradition was going on “Guys Weekend” with his lifelong friends, who lovingly gave him the nickname “Tool” for reasons we probably don’t want to know. He was always a joker, aiming to entertain and make people laugh. Larry was the life of the party, and he will be deeply missed by all.
In addition to his wife Megan and her children, Matthew and Andrew Salzano, Larry is survived by his children: Simona and her husband Dr. Jonathan Moss, and grandson Tyler Moss; Sonia Altavilla; Robert Lawrence Altavilla; and mother of his children, Angie (Sanzo) Cordery. He is also survived by his devoted mother (soon-to-be 104) Jennie Altavilla of Barre, VT; his loving sister, Mary Lou Ritzo; and her children, Elizabeth Ritzo, Charlie Ritzo and his wife Deanna, and their son, Samuel Joseph Ritzo. Also surviving him is his Aunt Tina Iannotti of Jacksonville, FL, and a host of cousins. In addition to his father, Larry was predeceased by his brother-in-law, Joseph Ritzo. His guidance to his treasured clients and his animated nature will be missed by all who knew him. The family would like to thank Larry’s office staff, Linda McQuillan and Karen Bodnar, for the many years of devoted loyalty, particularly during his illness, and his business partner Larry Lemieux for his assistance during this very difficult time. The family would also like to thank the staff at Smilow for all the wonderful care and compassion he received over the past few months.
Friends may call on Saturday from 1:00-5:00 pm, at the Spadaccino Community Funeral Home, 315 Monroe Turnpike (Route 111), Monroe, CT. Services will be held within this time to celebrate his life. In lieu of flowers (and due to allergies in various family members), contributions may be made “in memory of Larry Altavilla” to Project Purple (projectpurple.org), a CT-based nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting individuals and families affected by pancreatic cancer.
- Project Purple
- Visitation Saturday, February 29, 2020
- Memorial Service Saturday, February 29, 2020
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March 4, 2020
Dear Altavilla Family,
My family and I are so sorry for your loss. Larry was not only our accountant for several years but also, we considered him a friend. We are heartbroken. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this incredibly sad and difficult time. Larry will truly be missed.
May He Rest In Peace.
Brenda & Bryan Scully and Family
March 4, 2020
I have no words for how sad this makes me. I worked for Larry for 10 years. Although it has been 20 years, I will always remember him as the best boss I have ever had. He was not only a boss; but a mentor and a very good friend. Who could imagine the stress of tax season actually being fun? But we laughed so often. He had a way of making everyone feel welcome and important. I always felt like part of his family and have such fond memories of his mom, children and Angie. My heart goes out to you all as you find your way through this. Although I do not know Megan, my deepest condolences go out to you during this difficult time. I was heartbroken that I could not be at the service, as I was moving that day. But my thoughts were with you all. May you all find peace in your many memories of Larry...sending lots of love to you all...Debbie Altieri...xo
March 3, 2020
Larry , me and Manny will miss you.
I knew you were in discomfort but didn't expect that was going to lead to this .
Rest.. i will see you in paradise...we will then have time to play some cards and sip on a glass of wine.
Meanwhile Karen and Linda will carry things on for you.
See you soon.
February 29, 2020
A beautiful service honoring Larry , we will miss you
Mike & Barb Regan
February 29, 2020
Barb and I are so sorry for your loss and am deeply sorry that we can not be present for the service for Larry. As you move forward should you need to talk or need any type of assistance please feel free to contact us.
Larry was a great guy and will be missed. I am confident he is looking down on us all Ann's smiling or cracking some type of joke.
Again our deepest sympathy to you and the family.
Barb and Mike
A.D. LINES-EURO INC.
February 27, 2020
Larry was a guy who always wore a smile. He had a way of seeing the good in people and in life.
When he would come to the office it was usually business but he would stop and say "hi" to everyone.
Larry had an "accountant"s humor, both dry and witty.
He will be sadly missed by all of us who new him....
All of us at A.D. Lines, Inc.
RIP our dear Larry! You will be always in our hearts.
Karen & Vin Ferraro
February 27, 2020
Tax season is always a tough time. We met Larry when we moved to
Connecticut 13 years ago. His flyer was in our mailbox. I called and set up an appointment for my husband and I. It was the best call I ever made. He was friendly, genuine and professional. He was easy to talk to, easy to joke with and made the whole process fun, if you can imagine that! We always enjoyed sitting with him during our February appointment. Karen always wondered what was going on upstairs as we were always laughing. We were saddened to learn of his passing and know he is leaving a huge hole in a lot of peoples hearts. Our deepest condolences go out to his family. He will be missed.
Eddy van GEELEN
February 27, 2020
Words cannot express our disbelief and depth of sorrow that Larry is gone.
First, simply a hired consultant, then-and now forever- he was a friend of 30 years. Our hearts are broken for his family, friends and colleagues.
Eddy and Kathy van Geelen
February 27, 2020
I was so saddened to hear of the passing of Larry. I will forever hold him close to my heart.
I lost my son Chase on 12/14/12 and when we decided to honor him and start a non profit Larry was one of the business men who opened his heart and helped us get all the paperwork together and helped us apply for our 501(c)3 status which we received. He also guided us along the way as we were a new foundation. We used his business address as our own so I would pick up mail and pop into his office occasionally. We had brief chats and I would catch him up with our progress, and he would be amazed at how man kids become Triathletes each year. I will miss him and our catch up chats as he always made me feel so proud of what we have accomplished in the seven years we had known each other. Rest in Paradise Larry and give Chase a hug from his momma.
February 26, 2020
"It is not length of life, but depth of life"and the depth of Larry's laugh....jokes....etc.
Please feel the depth of our sorrow for his loss and especially to his devoted wonderful children, Simona, Sonia and Robert, please know that our memories of the "growing up" years have always brought a smile, but now will bring a smile and a tear when we reflect back. With our heartfelt sympathy and prayers.
February 25, 2020
Dear Simona, Sonia, Robert and Angie,
We are thinking of you and wishing you moments of peace and comfort as you go through this difficult time. We continue to keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.
Our most deepest condolences,
Fondly, Liz, Adrienne, Jason Fernandez and family members.