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1 of 13 | Posted by: Leonard Contillo III

2 of 13 | Posted by: Leonard Contillo III

“To the family of Leonard G. Contillo, I am so sorry for your loss. I am sure you will miss him dearly. Please find comfort in knowing one day we will...Read More »
3 of 13 | Posted by: Alphonso - FL

“To the entire Contillo Family, My sincere condolences on your loss. My prayers are with you to help you deal with such a deep loss. ”
4 of 13 | Posted by: Lorrie Del Rossi - Perry - SC

“To all of the Contillo Family, My thoughts and prayers are with you all. May your memories fill your heart with wonderful thoughts and put a smile...Read More »
5 of 13 | Posted by: Terri Green - North Port, FL

“Mark and the entire Contillo Family,Our sincere condolences, You are in our thoughts and prayers. ”
6 of 13 | Posted by: Mike, Dot, Ryan & Kevin Murtha

“Thinking of your family ,god bless you! ”
7 of 13 | Posted by: joseph twomey - Waterford, CT

“We are so sorry......Our deepest sympathy to the family.Robert and Cammy Graham - Downingtown, PAJessica Mattson's Parents (Austin's wife) ”
8 of 13 | Posted by: A friend

“May he rest in peace and may he be welcomed in Heaven by his lovely wife and son. Our most sincere condolences to the whole family. All our love...Read More »
9 of 13 | Posted by: Morgen, John and Sarah Gaetano - CT

“My family and I grew up very close to the Pharmacy that Mr. Contillo owed.We were all friends with his children and remember going into his shop many...Read More »
10 of 13 | Posted by: Dawnia Lumadue-Parisek - CT

“Paula and family~~~It truly was an honor to meet this wonderful man. What a remarkable person!! All my best to you all during this sad time.... ”
11 of 13 | Posted by: Melissa Calkins - Quaker Hill, CT

“May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. ”
12 of 13 | Posted by: Stephen & Susan Besade - CT

“I'm so sorry to read of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. ”
13 of 13 | Posted by: Donna Bienkowski Smith - CT

Leonard G Contillo, 92, passed away on January 17, 2017at Lawrence and Memorial Hospital in New London, CT. He was born on May 14, 1924 in Johnston, Rhode Island to Michael and Angelina (Falco) Contillo. Leonard grew up in Johnston, Rhode Island, and enjoyed playing the violin in the orchestra and riding his bike to work at his grandfathers' grocery store in Federal Hill. He graduated from La Salle Academy in Providence in 1942. During that summer of 1942 he and a friend took a train with their racing bikes to Montreal Canada, then rode their bikes back through the White Mountains, and "rode up every mountain". After high school he was awarded a scholarship to attend the Rhode Island College of Pharmacy in Providence. With the start of WWII, he joined the US Navy in 1943, serving for 3 years. He served in WWII as a medic on LST's in North Africa, France and Italy with the Marines and later as a Pharmacist Mate First Class on the Pacific island of Tinian, where the bombing of Hiroshima originated. For his service he was awarded several medals. On January 21, 1946 in Johnston RI he married the love of his life, Theresa Marie Alarie. He was honorably discharged from the Navy soon after and returned to the Rhode Island College of Pharmacy, graduating with a BS Pharmacy degree in 1949. While in college he began working for Eddie's Pharmacy and, upon graduation, he was hired there as a pharmacist. Looking for a better opportunity he took a job at a pharmacy in Essex, CT moving his family there in 1951. Later he was recruited by the Professional Pharmacy in New London CT and in 1960, he bought the pharmacy. He moved his family there soon after. In 1975 he moved his business to Montville, CT, opening Chapel Hill Pharmacy, where he and Theresa operated until their retirement in 1988. Leonard and Theresa were married for more than 65 years. He was a dedicated member of St. Mary's Star of the Sea church in New London. He was also a member of the Shennecossett Yacht Club where he loved sailing his Columbia sailboat with his family. His other hobbies included playing the violin, building model schooners and woodworking. Leonard was preceded in death by his wife Theresa, a sister Pauline Bianchi and his son John Contillo. Leonard is survived by brothers Michael Contillo of Johnston, RI. and Gabriel (Barbara) Contillo of Smithfield, RI; a sister Carol (Richard) Salzillo of Warwick, RI; his son, Leonard (Monika) Contillo, Jr.of Oakdale, book David (Carol) Contillo of Pittsburgh, PA, Alan (Maureen) Contillo of Oakdale, daughter-in-law Deborah (Green) Contillo, Paul (Jane) Contillo of Niantic, Mark Contillo of Uncasville, his daughters, Paula Ranelli of Franklin, MA, Karen (Michael) McBride of Waterford, and Mary (Bruce) Yarborough of Las Vegas, NV. He also leaves 19 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, 4 great-great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and other relatives. A visitation will be held at the Thomas Neilan Funeral Home, 12 Ocean Ave, New London, CT from 6 to 8 PM on January 19. A memorial service will be held on January 20 at St Mary's Star of the Sea Church, 10 Huntington St., New London, CT at 9:30 AM. Burial will follow at the St Mary's Mausoleum, Jefferson Ave., New London, CT.. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to the Center for Hospice Care, 227 Dunham St., Norwich, CT 06360. Condolences may be left on Thomas L. Neilan & Sons Funeral Home online guest book at http://www.neilanfuneralhome.com .

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