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Santo (Sam) Victor Bello
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Obituary for Santo (Sam) Victor Bello

In Yale New Haven Hospital at St. Raphael's campus, Santo (Sam) Victor Bello, of Guilford, beloved husband of 43 years of Patricia Ball Bello passed away peacefully Wednesday May 9, 2018 after a brief but complicated illness. He was the son of the late Eleanora (Coassin) and Aristide Bello and son-in-law of the late Evelyn (Shea) and Robert Ball, Sr. He was born in New Haven, CT on August 8, 1930.

He leaves to forever remember the closeness shared, his beloved and devoted son, Richard G. Bello (Educator at Guilford Lakes School) and cherished daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Wilson Bello. Despite his love for all of his family, he kept the best for grandsons Jack David Bello (age 5) and Connor Patrick Bello (age 2 1/2). All reside in Guilford.

He is also survived by his brother, Paul E. Bello, Sr. (Roberta) of Woodbridge. Both were always there for each other having a strong and lasting relationship and by his brother-in-law Robert (Monica) J. Ball, Jr. of East Haven.

Sam was predeceased by his sisters Lisa Bello and Lucy Bello (Andrew) Valeriano. Also predeceased by Monsignor Robert J. Silverman, best friend, of San Antonio, TX

Surviving are nieces Roseanne (John) Valeriano Pavao of S. Glastonbury, Eleanor (Rob) Valeriano-Stephens of Orange, Michelle (Rick) Valeriano Bordeau of Woodbridge, Karla (John) Bello Beagle of New Hampshire and nephew Paul E. (Jenette) Bello, Jr. of North Haven. He leaves behind three great nieces and 3 great nephews and several cousins on his side of the family as well as on his wife's side and numerous friends whom he considered an extension of family. Family, friendship and his Catholic faith were his priorities.

Sam had been a faithful communicant of St. George Church in Guilford and was pleased to have Fr. Stephen Sledesky by his side during this difficult time.

Sam served state side, as a PFC, expert marksman, with the US Marines Chincoteague, VA at the Naval Auxiliary Air Station base during the Korean Conflict. He received the National Defense Service medal and most recently the CT Wartime Veteran's Medal. Sam was an educator in the East Haven public schools for more than 25 years, (Deer Run and JMMS) teaching elementary education and art. He received a BS in elementary Education and a MS in Art from SCSC (University). He was an active member, holding various offices in The Guilford Touchdown Club and Guilford Wrestling Association. He was past president of the EH Municipal Credit Union for which he held other committee positions. He was a member of the Gaelic Club (IAAC) in East Haven where he willingly shared his wife's heritage and traditions and past member of Owenego Beach Club.

Sam and his wife traveled extensively throughout Europe, Ireland, The Caribbean, the United States and Canada. He would always suggest a visit to Zermatt, Switzerland. He learned to "like" the beach because of his wife's love of the shore and spent much time at Water's Edge. As precious memories were recently shared, they lived in his heart of times spent at The Tara in Nashua, NH. His Italian Heritage meant a great deal to him, but he fell in love with the Emerald Isle and its people. The third planned trip back was not to be.

He was most proud of being actively involved and being a spectator at every baseball game, football game, wrestling match, band performance, art exhibit his son participated in for Guilford High School. He continued to follow his son as he coached football and a variety of other sports. Sam volunteered at Field Days at Lakes School and often would chaperone. He had a passion for UCONN girls' basketball attending many games throughout the years. Lunch at Nick's (where the staff had become family) and lunch at Cristy's of Madison (with Jessica catering to his comfort) were highlights of his regime. He was an avid gardener often planting unusual variations of plants and flowers. Recently Grandpa had been giving each grandson his own tomato plant to care for.

The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses on Verdi 5 E, in ICU step down and ICU for the excellent and compassionate care given to Sam. To Jonathon Gage, MD, a special note of gratitude.

Friends may call on Wednesday May 16 from 4 – 8 p.m. at the Guilford Funeral Home, 116 Church St. Guilford. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Thursday, May 17, at 11 a.m. at St George Church, 33 Whitfield St, Guilford. Burial will follow in St. George Cemetery, Hubbard Rd., Guilford. Memorial contributions may be made to The American Heart Association, 5 Brookside Dr, Wallingford, CT 06492 or a charity of one's choice.


Previous Events

Visitation

Wednesday

16

May

4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Guilford Funeral Home

115 Church St.
Guilford, CT 06437

Service

Thursday

17

May

11:00 AM
St. George Church

33 Whitfield Street
Guilford, CT 06437

Cemetery Details

Location

Saint George Cemetery

60 Hubbard Road
Guilford, CT 06437


Memorial Contribution

American Heart Association

5 Brookside Drive
Wallingford, Connecticut 06492
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