Giuseppe “Joe” Tamburro, also fondly known as “Peppino”, 65, of Hartford, beloved husband of Carmelina Tamburro of 45 years passed away on Saturday, February 6, 2021 surrounded by his loving family after a long & courageous, 10-month battle with COVID-19. He was born on February 5, 1956 in Campobasso, Italy to the late Lucio and Anna Tamburro. Joe came to the United States in 1972 with his parents and immediately began working just two weeks after coming to America.
At the age of 16, he began working in a dress factory (Tiberio Pace Co.) where he met the love of his life, Carmelina, who he later wed in 1975. Joe was a machinist and was employed by HoloKrome for the next 41 years. In his last 12 years, he worked at Aero Gear. Joe worked hard to have what he had but he always said “take a day off when you can, because money does not buy happiness”. He had many hobbies; he was an avid wine maker, gardener, expert skeet shooter and master card player. His favorite past times included Saturday afternoons at the Hunting Club with his closest buddies around the fire, and Sunday mornings at the Discenza Family Farm where he met his life-long friends and played cards and enjoyed their company. When not at the farm, you could find Joe at the Hartford Gun Club, where he was a longtime member enjoying his skeet shooting. Prior to COVID-19, Joe was a strong man who was full of life; someone who walked around his house saying how much he loved his life. He loved spending time with his family, his wife, his three daughters, whom he was so proud of, his sons in-laws, and the light of his life, his granddaughter.
A loving husband, father, grandfather and friend, he will be dearly and forever missed by his wife Carmelina, daughter and son in law, Anna Maria and Salvatore Mennella of Rocky Hill, CT, daughter Sonia Tamburro of Newington, CT and daughter and son in law, Luciana and Adam DeGray of Newington, CT. In addition, he will be forever remembered by his granddaughter Ariana, who she fondly knew as Nonno Peppo. Ariana was his pride and joy and he lit up over the last 10 months when he would hear her voice on Facetime. Joe will be dearly missed by all those who knew and loved him, especially his brother-in-law, Dominick and wife, Maria, mother-in-law, Letizia, and his niece and nephew, Silia and family and Anthony and family. He leaves behind many cousins here, in Italy, and in Montreal. Joe was predeceased by his parents, Lucio and Anna, his father-in-law, Antonio and his younger brother, Nicola. We’d like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Patrick Corcoran who was our support and guiding light every step of the way for the last 10 months. He worked tirelessly to give our father a fighting chance. No words can express our gratitude towards him. In addition, a special thank you to Dr. Charles Castiglione and Dr. Michael Lawlor who worked extremely hard at saving his life. Lastly, we’d like to thank all the nurses and doctors at Hartford Hospital (Bliss 7i, 11 Stepdown and CB3) for never giving up on him.
A special thank you to a close family friend, Stefanie DeVito, who helped care for him when we could not be there. A mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Augustine Church, 10 Campfield Avenue, Hartford, on Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 10:00am. Masks will be mandatory with strict social distance protocols. Entombment will be at Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford. To share memories of Joe with his family and view live streaming or recording of the funeral mass, please visit www.sheehanhilbornbreen.com.