Giuseppe (“Joe”) Antonio Pollifrone, passed away suddenly on Saturday evening, March 26, 2015, after a short illness. He was 82.
Giuseppe was a beloved husband to his wife Maria Rosa of 53 years, proud Papa to his three daughters, and a doting Nonno to his four grandchildren. His love for his family was only matched by his generosity to them and to all. Time with family and friends was what he valued most. There was no game that he would not play with his grandchildren — as there was no friend or relative that he would not lend a helping hand to. He was a consummate host, who always made sure he had full stock of everyone’s favorites. He regaled many with his entertaining stories, had a great sense of humor, and was always one that could take a good ribbing.
He was born on Sept. 16, 1933, to Nicola and Maria Francesca Rocca Pollifrone in the village of San Nicola D’Ardore located in Reggio Calabria, Italy. He was the youngest of three children. At the age of 16 he moved to Torino where he began a masonry apprenticeship. In 1970 he moved his family to Stamford where he built a number of homes with Maria Rosa as a partner. They were a strong team as well as best friends. Self-taught, he had an innate sense of the land and could turn the least desirable parcel into something that was pleasing. He was a demanding taskmaster, however he never asked anyone to work harder than he himself did. Up to the age of 70, he would exhaust younger men trying to keep up with him. He was a hardworking man with great vision and talent.