Vito William Maffucci

July 29, 1932April 13, 2019

Vito “Bill” Maffucci passed away on Saturday, April 13, 2019 in Hartford at the age of 86. Vito was born to the late Florido and Vincenza (Fischetti) Maffucci in Dunmore, PA on July 29, 1932, and lived most of his life in Hartford, Wethersfield, and South Windsor. He was lovingly married 62 years to his high school sweetheart Ann Maffucci, born Iudica, who predeceased him in 2016. Vito served his country in the Air Force as a Radar Specialist from 1952-56, and worked in the composing room of The Hartford Courant as a typesetter from 1961-84. In 1978 he and Ann opened Vito’s Pizzeria and Restaurant in Wethersfield, which is still family-owned and operated today. He retired from the business in 2004, but could often still be found at the counter with a copy of The Wall Street Journal and a bowl of macaroni. For Vito the best of days were spent in life’s simple moments: tending to his vegetable garden on the family farm, enjoying a good book, and not-so-occasionally hitting the craps tables at Mohegan Sun. He loved history, the Boston Red Sox, and classical music. He was in many ways a simple man, but smart, hard-working, and generous in both spirit and humor. Most of all Vito treasured time spent with his family, and he had a wonderful relationship with his children. He was the rock of our family, teaching us through example to be kind, patient, and forgiving. He was the best father and a loving grandfather, and we will miss his advice and sense of humor. He is survived by his four children: Michael Maffucci and wife Isabel, Carolann Maffucci and husband Jonathan Bonds, Linda Brady and husband Kevin, Rob Maffucci and wife Millie Texidor-Maffucci; ten grandchildren: Matthew, Vincent, Amanda, Dion, Megan, Alexandra, Jonathan, Olivia, Abigail, and Liberty; great-grandchildren, Amelia and Weston, and his third great-grandchild expected any day. He was loved dearly by his nieces and nephews and his sister, Lucy Hope. Along with his wife and parents, Vito was predeceased by his siblings, Rosemary DeMuth, Antoinette Krantz, Pasquale Maffucci, and Carmel Fiorentino, and his first cousin, William Fischetti, who was like a brother to him.

All attendees are asked to go directly to the church for a Mass of Christian Burial celebrating his life on Thursday, April 25 at 10 a.m. at Holy Trinity Church, 53 Capitol Ave., Hartford. Burial with military honors will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Hartford. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Vito and Ann to the Alzheimer’s Association (Note: Amyloid Avengers), Attn: Walk, 399 Market St, Suite 102, Philadelphia, PA 19106, or online at Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the D’Esopo Funeral Chapel, Wethersfield. To share a memory of Vito with his family, please visit He will be missed every day, but is together again with his dear Anna.


25 April

Mass of Christian Burial

10:00 am

Holy Trinity Church

53 Capitol Avenue

25 April


11:30 am

Cedar Hill Cemetery



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Marilu Hallenbeck

April 20, 2019

We send our thoughts and prayers to the Maffucci family. We always enjoyed the time we got to spend with Vito! He was always so warm and always made us feel so we were family! We will miss him. Rest In Peace, Vito.

Joan Baffo

April 20, 2019

We are blessed to have had him in our community. He was a very important piece of our history and we are grateful for his strong influence.


April 20, 2019


Mark Kurtich

April 20, 2019

My father and I worked with Vito at The Courant. He was one of many "old timers" who taught me the composing room craft. Vito was the quiet, philosophical friend, always willing to talk about affairs of the state and the world. Loved his sheepish, sly laugh. I have thought about him often over the many years since I last saw him. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and close friends who now have a saddened hearts. I know they have many, many loving memories to share and enjoy. May God bless Vito and comfort his loved ones.

Paul Poirier

April 20, 2019

I was a patron of Vito's in Wethersfield for many years and always enjoyed seeing Mr. Maffucci sitting there behind the counter. He was a warm , caring , generous man who supported the fund raising endeavors of the Greater Hartford Chapter of the 82nd Airborne Assn. annually and he insisted on being included in this project. He and Annie were special people and I am saddened by his passing. I extend my sincerest condolences to his family and friends. May his legacy live on through his children.

Dennis Zliczewski

April 20, 2019

I worked with Vito many years at the Hartford Courant he would sometimes bring food from restaurant. I sorry for your loss.


April 20, 2019

To the entire clan I extend my condolences in your loss of Dad and Grand dad. Of course I always knew him as Bill along with your Mom Ann behind a counter at Vito's . One of the few things missing for me in the move to Florida was the great pizza we got most Friday afternoons in Wethersfield. Rarely got one anywhere else. I lost my wife Joan three months ago to the ravages of dementia after more than 11 years so I understand dealing with that. Take comfort that he has been reunited with his bride and together they will continue to watch over the family from their new home in heaven. God Bless and R I P. Bill

Andrew Adil

April 20, 2019

In my experiences with Vito I always came away thinking of him as a warm and gentle man. Our family extends our deepest sympathies to the Maffucci family for your loss. He will be missed indeed!

Frances Steele

April 19, 2019

I was so very sorry to hear of your dad's passing. Both your mom and dad were very special to me and, I will always remember the wonderful memories an'd laughter we shared over the years. You all were family to me and now, they are reunited . Such wonderful people who will never be forgotten. Sending much love and prayers to you all.

With love,

Fran Steele

Francie Fillatti

April 18, 2019

Through Carol, my great friend I have been a part of your family for 43 years! I remember you making your awesome pan pizza then and it is still the best ever now! You always made time for your kids and spent quality time them, you left such an impact on each one of them. They all loved and respected you so much! I have enjoyed working in the garden with you at the farm and am thank-ful to have been a welcome guest in your home for a life time. It has been an honor to be a part of your family and I really will miss you! Sincerely,
“The girl” ;-) ❤️