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Judge Albert W. Cretella, Jr. Obituary


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“Billy, My deepest condolences to you and your family. Al was a great guy and we will all miss him. ”
1 of 68 | Posted by: Alfred J. Zullo - East Haven, CT

“Dear Billie,As we said at Al's wake our condolences to all of the family.Al was special to me because of our mutual love for the game of golf....Read More »
2 of 68 | Posted by: Al Gresto - Fullerton, CA

“My thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
3 of 68 | Posted by: Claire Jermain Philbin - Hamden, CT

“Taylor and I would like to send our heartfelt condolences to all the members of the family and particularly to our good friends Lisa and Paul Koches....Read More »
4 of 68 | Posted by: Aimee Roberts - Vienna, VA

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the Cretella's and Family of Billie during this sad occasion. Such a wonderful family comes from wonderful...Read More »
5 of 68 | Posted by: Brian & Susan Koches - Baltimore, MD

“I was shocked to learn of Al's death; both my brother Ray and my cousin Ed Pantalena called to tell me, and then sent the Death Notice from the...Read More »
6 of 68 | Posted by: Bill D'Antonio - Washington DC, DC

“You are in our thoughts and prayers. Our heartfelt sympathy for your loss. ”
7 of 68 | Posted by: Ralph and Joy Carloni - Orange, CT

“Dear Billie, I was shocked to hear about Al's death. I can hardly believe it. My heart goes out to you at this time. Now Dick will have someone to...Read More »
8 of 68 | Posted by: Geri O'Connell - Old Saybrook, CT

“Dear Billie we are so saddened to hearthis terrible news. We were so looking forward to seeing him in Florida but I guess God had different plans for...Read More »
9 of 68 | Posted by: Steve and Yolanda - Lake Worth, FL

“We are truly saddened by the sudden death of Judge Albert W. Cretella Jr. A member of a celebrated North Haven family who all served honorably their...Read More »
10 of 68 | Posted by: Howard and Jean Luppi - CT

“Dear Cretella Family Please accept our deepest sympathy for the loss of your husband and father. ”
11 of 68 | Posted by: Pat & Don Conte - Orange, CT

“Dear Albert, Peter, Claudia, Lisa, Tony and Billie, I am so sorry about the loss of our Judge. Please know that I have some fond memories from our...Read More »
12 of 68 | Posted by: Amber R. DeMartino - North Haven, CT

“Dear Cretella Family, I was shocked and saddened to hear of the Judges passing, as I just saw him at the Q Club a week ago.It was an honor to get to...Read More »
13 of 68 | Posted by: Lisa Daniels - North Haven, CT

“Al, Peter and family: I offer my sympathy on the loss of your father and my prayer that your grief will be tempered by many wonderful memories. ”
14 of 68 | Posted by: Bob Carberry - Rocky Hill, CT

“Billie: Words just don't seem adequate - we are so saddened. Our thoughts and prayers to you and the family.God Bless. ”
15 of 68 | Posted by: Lydia & Charles Barboni - Naples, FL

“Billie and all of the Family; Knowing Al was a great experieance. We will miss his wit and charm and will regret that we had not spent more time...Read More »
16 of 68 | Posted by: Bob & Barbara Liotta - Durham, NH

“Our deepest condolenses on your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Dominic and Judy Palumbo and Family ”
17 of 68 | Posted by: Dominic Palumbo - North Haven, CT

“As a young attorney practicing law in the New Haven court system I learned many valuable lessons from Judge Cretella to whom I am forever indebted....Read More »
18 of 68 | Posted by: Jeremiah J. Morytko - NORTH HAVEN, CT

“Mrs. Koches and Family, You will be in my thoughts and my prayers. I know how important a man he was and will continue to be to you and your family. ”
19 of 68 | Posted by: Peter Quiroz - Chicago, IL

“Dear Billie and Cretella Cousins, I am so sorry to hear of Albert's passing. I enjoyed visiting with him on my infrequent visits to Connecticut and...Read More »
20 of 68 | Posted by: Jean Nutile - Emmett, ID

“Dear Antoinette, My heartfelt condolences on the loss of your husband, Judge ALbert Cretella. Judge Robin L. Wilson ”
21 of 68 | Posted by: Judge Robin L. Wilson - New Haven, CT

“As a member of the Quinnipiack Club, and particularly the bowling league, Al will be remembered as a kind and personable individual, for his jovial...Read More »
22 of 68 | Posted by: Richard Michaud - New Haven, CT

“Billie, We are so incredibly sad over the loss of judge Al. We will miss him and cherish our memories of him forever. Our deepest condolences go out...Read More »
23 of 68 | Posted by: The Three Femmes - Los Angeles, CA

“Judge Dupont: Please accept my deepest sympathies for your loss. Judge Cretella was a wonderful man with an incomparable spirit and sense of humor....Read More »
24 of 68 | Posted by: Taylor L. Archambault - CT

“Al, Peter and family, our heartfelt condolences go out to you and your family on the loss of your dad. Among all his wonderful accomplishments, being...Read More »
25 of 68 | Posted by: Bill Mihal - Glastonbury, CT

“One of my first jury trials was in front of Judge Cretella. He was always fair, and beneath his sometimes gruff exterior, he had a good heart. He...Read More »
26 of 68 | Posted by: Roger B Calistro - New Haven, CT

“I met Al 30 years ago, at Stephen World of Wheels. He has been a dear friend to me. I am truly saddened by his passing. I was blessed to have known...Read More »
27 of 68 | Posted by: Donna Janazzo - Bristol, CT

“Judge DuPont and members of the Cretella family, Judge Albert Cretella was a wonderful human being, with a great sense of humor and lots of common...Read More »
28 of 68 | Posted by: William F. Gallagher and Lorraine Young - CT

“To the Cretella family Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Leslie Velardi and family ”
29 of 68 | Posted by: Leslie Velardi - Cheshire, CT

“Mary Queen of Peace, Legion of Mary, St. Therese Church-William L. Dell'Oro, Peter E. Dell'Oro On Behalf of all the Members ”
30 of 68 | Posted by: William Leo Dell'Oro - CT

“Dear Judge Dupont, Please accept my condolence on the loss of your husband. ”
31 of 68 | Posted by: Helena Gorochow - Wallingford, CT

“To the Family of Hon. Al Cretella Jr, I am saddened to hear of your loss. Please accept my condolences and know that my thoughts are with you. ...Read More »
32 of 68 | Posted by: Christopher P Soderman - CT

“The Staff and Friends of the Public Library of New London wish to extend to you and your family our deepest sympathy on the death of your husband. ...Read More »
33 of 68 | Posted by: Josie Esposito - New London, CT

“To the Hon. Antoinette Dupont and members of the Cretella Family: Burt was respected by all who worked with him and will be missed by all who knew...Read More »
34 of 68 | Posted by: John W. Hogan, Jr. - Milford, CT

“To the entire Cretella Family, Al was a true friend of my Father and the entire Barberino Family. Al was a man that earned the Greatest Respect and...Read More »
35 of 68 | Posted by: Steve Barberino - Burlington, CT

“Dear Antoinette: I am deeply saddened to learn of your great loss. My heartfelt condolences to you and your family. Josephine P. Beebe,...Read More »
36 of 68 | Posted by: Josephine P. Beebe - Niantic, CT

“To the Family of Judge Cretella, A fine gentleman, judge, and American, Judge Cretella had a way of always making me feel appreciated whenever I saw...Read More »
37 of 68 | Posted by: Stephen R. Hildrich - Orange, CT

“Dear Billie, It was with heartfelt sadness that we learned of Al's untimely passing. He was a personality unlike any other who will remain with us...Read More »
38 of 68 | Posted by: Brian and Florence Pieczko - CT

“Dear Claudia, Mark, Adam, Noah and extended family, We are so sorry for the loss of your beloved father and grandfather. He was a remarkable man. ...Read More »
39 of 68 | Posted by: Sherri and Larry Feuer - MN

“To Judge Cretalla's family, It is with a heavy heart I write this. I have known Judge Cretalla for many years, having bowled on his team #10 at the...Read More »
40 of 68 | Posted by: David Migani - New Haven, CT

“Dear Al, Diane, Jon, & Jeff Our deepest condolences at this very sad time. We will be thinking of each of you especially over these next few days...Read More »
41 of 68 | Posted by: Nancy D. Kyder - North Haven, CT

“Dear Billie It was with great sadness that I learned of Albert's passing.He will be remembered as an unselfish person who was there when you needed...Read More »
42 of 68 | Posted by: Gene & Rosemary Esposito - WA

“Dear Billie, Lisa, Claudia and family, We were so saddened to learn of the Judge's passing on Saturday. What a great man, outgoing, humorous and...Read More »
43 of 68 | Posted by: Pam and Bob Olsen - Norwell, MA

“Dear Lisa: We were so saddened to hear of your tremendous loss. You spoke of him so often and in such a warm and loving way. We wish we had the...Read More »
44 of 68 | Posted by: Susan & Ed Heironimus - Reston, VA

“Dear Billie; Pat and I are thinking of you at this sad time. We will be in touch. Love Pat and George ”
45 of 68 | Posted by: George and Pat Slater - Venice, FL

“Dear Judge Dupont and Family, Sam and I send you our deepest sympathies for your loss. We shall miss Judge Cretella at the Quinnipiack Club, where...Read More »
46 of 68 | Posted by: Penny Mason - New Haven, CT

“Deepest condolences. Without him we could have never run Hillhouse '43 reunions. ”
47 of 68 | Posted by: Norman K Silverman - hamden, CT

“Dear Judge Dupont and family, My deepest condolences. Judge Cretella always treated everyone with such respect and dignity. I will never forget...Read More »
48 of 68 | Posted by: Donald G. Walsh, Jr. - Woodbridge, CT

“I only know Albert's daughter, Claudia Feuer , but I'm sure Albert was a very fine gentleman and I send my condolences to the family and friends. ...Read More »
49 of 68 | Posted by: Mary Rose Romeo - Centerville, OH

“Dear Billie........Albert was one of a kind. So many people will certainly miss him.He and Joan introduced me to my late wife, Eleanor.Commuting with...Read More »
50 of 68 | Posted by: Robert M Taylor - Branford, CT

“Dear Judge Dupont and Family: How shocked I was to hear of Judge Cretella's death, considering I was at the house just a week ago. Judge Cretella...Read More »
51 of 68 | Posted by: Lucio DeLuca - North Haven, CT

“Dear Diane and family, The memories of his wonderful, and adventurous journey through life is what you should keep in your minds and hearts. The...Read More »
52 of 68 | Posted by: Sheila Boutillier - Portland, CT

“Judge Dupont and family, My sincere condolences. Seeing Judge Cretella's photograph in the newspaper brings to mind wonderful memories of the warm,...Read More »
53 of 68 | Posted by: Clarine Nardi Riddle - Washington, DC

“Justice Dupont & Albert, I have just recently been informed of the tragic news, my prayers and thoughts are with you. I have to say how much I looked...Read More »
54 of 68 | Posted by: Anthony Cinicola - North Haven, CT

“Dear Claudia,Al,Peter, Lisa and Tony, Please extend our condolences to your entire family. We all have fond memories of your Dad and your family...Read More »
55 of 68 | Posted by: The Fers Family - North Haven, CT

“To Judge Dupont, with my sincere condolences. ”
56 of 68 | Posted by: Carl Schuman - West Hartford, CT

“Dear Pete and family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Sincerely, Accounts Payable Dept. Sshirley, Janet, Gail, Beth, Jennifer,...Read More »
57 of 68 | Posted by: Shirley Durante - Torrington, CT

“Our sincerest condolences to Billie and all the family. We have great memories of Lisa's dad (which is how we think of him). He was a wonderful...Read More »
58 of 68 | Posted by: Maggie Cotter - Vienna, VA

“Lisa, Paul, Emmie and Sam, We are deeply saddened by the loss of your father and grandfather and will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. You know...Read More »
59 of 68 | Posted by: Tom and Kathleen Riopelle - VA

“Peter, Al and family, Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of your father. ”
60 of 68 | Posted by: Ed Kranich - Meriden, CT

“Dear Lisa, Paul and girls, I was saddened by the news of your Dad's death. I know how much he was loved. Our thoughts and prayers our with you. Love,...Read More »
61 of 68 | Posted by: Bunny Lynch - North Haven, CT

“Dear Lisa, My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family in the loss of your dear father. May wonderful memories and the knowledge he is at...Read More »
62 of 68 | Posted by: Laurajean Tully Vaughn - CT

“Your entire family are in our thoughts and prayers. ”
63 of 68 | Posted by: Lou & Yvonne Brinkman - OH

“Justice Dupont, please accept my sincerest condolences on Al's passing.Billie, I want you know how badly I feel. Al was a good man whom I liked and...Read More »
64 of 68 | Posted by: Frank H. D'Andrea, Jr. - Stamford, CT

“Dear Judge DuPont, My sincere condolences to you on the passing of your husband. My thoughts are with you at this time of great loss. Fondly, Sue ”
65 of 68 | Posted by: Sue Smith - San Leandro, CA

“Dear Billie, We are in Florida and have just learned that Al passed away. Needless to say, we are shocked and deeply saddened. Our hearts go out to...Read More »
66 of 68 | Posted by: Dood and Fred Freedman - CT

“Al, I'm very sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. Please convey my condolences to your family. Don ”
67 of 68 | Posted by: Don Biondi - CT

“Justice Dupont: Please accept my sincere condolences for the loss of your husband. Please know that I am available should you should need me. ”
68 of 68 | Posted by: E. CURTISSA R. COFIELD - CT


Judge Albert W. Cretella, Jr, 83, retired member of the Connecticut State Appellate Court, died unexpectedly on Saturday, March 7, 2009 while on vacation in Juno Beach, Florida. Born on May 18, 1925, he was a lifetime resident of North Haven, Connecticut. Judge Cretella was the son of the late Josephine Nutile Cretella and the Honorable Albert W. Cretella, a U.S. Congressman from the Third District of Connecticut.
Judge Cretella was educated at New Haven-Hillhouse High School (1943), Yale University (1944), United States Military Academy (West Point, B.S., 1947) and the University of Connecticut Law School (1950).
He was admitted to the Connecticut Bar in 1950 and practiced law at Cretella, Carboni & Cretella. He was elected to the Connecticut State General Assembly in 1971 and became Assistant House Majority Leader in 1973 and Counsel to the House Minority Leader in 1975. He also served as Town Counsel for the town of North Haven for 27 years and was a volunteer fireman for the Montowese District.
Judge Cretella served as Judge, Court of Common Pleas, 1977; Judge, Superior Court, 1978; Chief Administrative Judge, Civil Division, 1985; Chief Administrative Judge, Facilities, 1986; Judge, Appellate Court, 1990. He was President of the Connecticut Judges' Association from 1984-1986. He also served on the American Bar Association Executive Committee National Conference State Trial Judges in 1987. At the time of his death he was a State Trial Judge referee.
Judge Cretella was Vice President of the Quinnipiak Club, and a member of the New Haven Country Club as well as the Knights of Columbus.
He is preceded in death by his wife of 38 years, Joan Turner Cretella. He is survived by his wife of 18 years, the Honorable Antoinette Dupont, former Chief Judge of the Connecticut State Appellate Court; his sister, Virginia Cretella Mars and brother Richard & wife Sunni Cretella; children Claudia & husband Mark Feuer; Albert Cretella III & wife Diane; Peter Cretella, Lisa & husband Paul Koches, and Anthony Cretella & wife Nancy; stepchildren Ellen Dupont & husband Ian Armitage, Antonia Dupont van der Meer & husband Peter van der Meer and William Dupont; 11 grandchildren and 7 step-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Visiting hours will be held Thursday March 12, 2009 at the IOVANNE FUNERAL HOME INC. 11 Wooster Place, New Haven from 3-8pm. Family and friends are asked to go directly to St. Therese Church 555 Middletown Ave. North Haven Friday morning at 10am where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in All Saints Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Therese Church where Judge Cretella was a devoted parishioner.