Philip A. Curto, 85

Philip A. Curto, 85, of Wilton, died peacefully in Norwalk Hospital on Oct. 4. Mr. Curto lived at the Greens of Cannondale and then Wilton Meadows.

He was born in the Bronx, N.Y. July 6, 1929, and was a loving and devoted son of the late George and Loretta (Ippolito) Curto.

Mr. Curto passion for construction began when he worked with his father replacing and repairing roofs in his father’s roofing business. In 1948 he felt the need to serve his country and enlisted with the U.S. Marines. He served from 1948 until 1952, during the Korean conflict, studied mechanical engineering, and was honorably discharged as master sergeant. Upon returning home he attended City College in Manhattan taking civil engineering classes. He continued to help his father in the roofing business while expanding into home repair and reconstruction projects. He also tried several other business ventures, but his love of architecture and building was his main motivation. In 1967, he moved to Stamford and began a partnership, building condominiums in the 70s.

Mr. Curto “received much joy from his grandchildren and loved the times he spent with them,” his family said.

He is survived by his brother, Daniel Curto and wife Ann; and his sister, Frances Curto Lordi and husband Anthony; his three children, Dolores Curto of New York, Debra Curto Black and husband Stephen of Connecticut, Peter Curto and his wife Cyndi of Connecticut; and five grandchildren, Zachary and Rachel Black, and Lindsay, Gabriela, and Drew Curto.

A funeral will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 8, at 10:30 a.m. in the Jesse Lee Memorial United Methodist Church, 207 Main Street, Ridgefield with the Rev. Dr. William B. Pfohl, senior pastor, officiating.

Entombment will take place in Ferncliff Mausoleum, Hartsdale, N.Y. with military honors.

The family will receive friends in the Kane Funeral Home, 25 Catoonah Street, Ridgefield, on Tuesday, Oct. 7, from 4 to 8.

Contributions may be made to the Wounded War Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS  66675 or to the U.S. Marine Corps. League, Toys for Tots, Ridgefield Detachment, 25 Halpin Lane, Ridgefield, CT 06877.