Theodore J. Civetta

February 3, 1929February 14, 2018

Theodore J. Civetta, Sr. died on Wednesday at his home in Scarsdale. He was 89 and had been managing the aftermath of a stroke for several years.

Ted was born in New York City on February 3, 1929 to Domenica and John Civetta, one of the founders of Civetta Excavating Inc. and John Civetta & Sons, Inc. He obtained a degree in civil engineering from Manhattan College in 1951 and served in the army in 1956. After being stationed in England, he returned home in 1956 to join his father’s construction business.

For over 50 years Ted was involved in foundation and construction projects that helped shape the New York skyline and played an integral role in shaping some of the largest public infrastructure and private developments in all five boroughs of the city. He was President of the General Contractors Association in 1984 and 1985 and remained active in the construction industry until his stroke. He is succeeded in his family business by his two sons, Ted Jr. and John G., his brother John, and other family members.

Ted leaves his wife of 64 years, Celestine, their son Theodore Jr., daughter Margaret, son John and his wife Diane; six grandchildren, Genevieve and her husband John Allen, Alexander and his wife Tess Dearing, Vivien and her husband C.J. Slicklen, Nicholas, Christie, and Patrick; step-granddaughter Emily Yankowitz; and two great grandchildren, Beatrice and Rowan.

A wake will be held on Friday, February 16 from 2-5pm and 6-9pm at the Edwin Bennett Funeral Home, 824 Scarsdale Avenue, Scarsdale, New York. The funeral mass will be held on Saturday, February 17 10AM at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 8 Carman Road, Scarsdale, New York.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Scarsdale Volunteer Ambulance Corps. SVAC P.O. Box 92 Scarsdale, NY 10583 or visit their website.


  • Visitation Friday, February 16, 2018
  • Visitation Friday, February 16, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, February 17, 2018
  • Interment Saturday, February 17, 2018

Theodore J. Civetta

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Andre Morrison (Tishman Construction)

February 17, 2018

My Deepest sympathy and prayers go out to the Family of an Outstanding Individual .

Barbara Heaney

February 16, 2018

Dear Ted, Genevieve, Vivien and Patrick,
I was sorry to read of your Dad and Granddad's going home to our good and gracious God. I remember him as a kind, generous and fun loving gentleman. Be sure to take good care of each other in these difficult days. Peace and blessings with love, Barbara Heaney

fjohn reinke (mc1968)

February 16, 2018

The Manhattan College alumni community shares the grief, and is now praying for our fellow alumni and the family at this time. The Alumni Office has been informed. As well as the Jasper Jottings community that I personally can reach. We are all a little poorer now. "No man is an island, entire of itself ... any mans death diminishes me". We are sorry for your loss.

Bobby Maglione

February 16, 2018

Truly a Great Man. My condolences to Mrs. C and Family. Bobby Maglione

February 16, 2018

To the Civetta Family: My heartfelt sympathies go out to the family and friends during this difficult time. I hope that the promise in 1 Thessalonians 4:14 can bring comfort. Knowing that there's a hope for the ones we have lost in death can be so reassuring.

Bruno Maiolo

February 15, 2018

Ted Civetta has been a friend and valued client for over 30 years. He was a gentleman I admired and looked up to. I have many fond memories of being in his company. On several occasions he took me around NYC and pointed out the buildings and projects John Civetta & Sons worked on and completed and you could see how proud he was. He was also very proud of his family, his sons Teddy and John continuing and building the company, and his daughter Margaret with her law career. So grateful to have known him. He will be greatly missed.

February 14, 2018

Im really sorry for your loss. Never forget that our heavenly Father shares our pain and grief. He wil give you the strength to endure during this difficult time (Phillipians 4:13). May you find peace in your hearts.