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John Scalzo, 85, Former Danbury Engineering Inspector

DANBURY, Conn. – John B. Scalzo of Danbury died Jan. 16 at Danbury Hospital. He was 85.

He was born Feb. 7, 1927, in Pittsburgh to Antonio and Frances Gentile Scalzo. He served in the Merchant Marines during World War II and in the Army during the Korean War. Scalzo was a member of the Merchant Marine Veterans of World War II and the American Merchant Marine Veterans.

Scalzo lived in Carbondale, Pa., for several years before moving to Danbury. He started working as a hatter before going into construction, working for numerous construction companies throughout Connecticut and New York.

He worked as an inspector in the engineering department for the city of Danbury for many years. He was a parishioner of St. Gregory the Great Church, where he served as an usher for more than 50 years.

Scalzo was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Amerigo Vespucci Lodge, Labor Union Local 60 and AARP Chapter 1067. He was also a member of the Catholic War Veterans Post 1042, where he served in every office, including state and local commander. The Catholic War Veterans honored him with the St. Sebastian Award.

He enjoyed playing cards, doing duckpin bowling, going to Connecticut casinos and cooking. He was married for 61 years to Rose Marie Rodrigues Scalzo, who survives him.

Scalzo is also survived by a son, Anthony Scalzo, of Danbury; four brothers, Louis Scalzo, of Bethel, Anthony Scalzo, of Danbury, Frank (Colleen) Scalzo, of Jupiter, Fla., and Carmine (Donna) Scalzo, of Danbury; a sister-in-law, Dorothy Scalzo, of Newtown; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Joseph.

Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Cornell Memorial Home in Danbury. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Gregory the Great Church in Danbury. Burial will follow at St. Peter Cemetery in Danbury.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Gregory the Great Church or to Sacred Heart of Jesus Church.

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