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Larry Joseph Pontillo, 66 of New York City, New York died on Dec. 27, 2020. Larry was born Sept. 25, 1954, in New Haven to Louis and Mary Rita Pontillo, Sr. Larry was happily and lovingly married to Kathleen Pogwizd Pontillo.
Besides his loving wife Kathy, Larry is survived by his brother Louis A. Pontillo, Jr., and his wife Amelia B. Pontillo of Southbury, his brother Christy A. Pontillo and his wife Sandra G. Pontillo of Clinton, and his nieces Jennifer A. Pontillo of Framingham, Massachusetts and Sara G. Johnson and her husband Todd Johnson and their children Isabella and Bridget of Clinton. He is also survived by his niece Lisa M. Keane and her husband David and their daughters Alexis and Paige of Sandy Hook and Kathy’s sister-in-law Lisa Pogwizd and Lisa’s son Johnathan. Larry was predeceased by Kathy’s brother John. Larry also leaves Kathy’s parents, John and Dorothy Pogwizd.
Larry graduated from The Morgan School in Clinton in 1972. He received his BA in drama from Hofstra University Hempstead Long Island, New York. Larry received his master’s degree in finance from New York University (NYU) Manhattan, New York.
Larry was retired from the Small Business Administration (SBA) most recently as a lender relations specialist in New York City. Larry also worked with FEMA at the World Trade Center Sept. 11, 2001.
Using his many talents in the theater and his drama degree from Hofstra, Larry ran the Clinton Musical Theatre in Clinton from 1976 to 1979. He produced and was associated with the musicals A Gift of the Magi and Musical Chairs in New York City. His brothers Lou and Christy fondly remember opening night of A Gift of the Magi waiting in Sardi’s into the wee hours of the morning for Clive Barnes’s review in the New York Times.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Dec. 28 at Saint Mary’s Church of the Visitation, Clinton, followed by burial in Saint Mary’s Cemetery. Contributions may be made in his honor to the Clinton Volunteer Fire Department Ambulance Division, 35 East Main Street, Clinton 06413, or Broadwaycares.org/2020. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Carl Swan at Hamden Memorial Funeral Home, Hamden. Condolences may be expressed at Hamdenmemorialfuneralhome.com.