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George A. Gaetano, Jr., 91, of North Haven passed away unexpectedly on Feb. 3. George was born Dec. 18, 1929, to George and Susan Onofrio Gaetano.
George is survived by his brother, Gerald Gaetano of East Haven. He was predeceased by his brother Anthony Gaetano, sisters Rosemarie Gaetano and Luella Anastasio of New Haven, and his son George Marshall of Colorado. George is survived by his loving and devoted wife Evelyn Bilotti Gaetano of 52 years, daughters Linda Casey (David) of Milford and Kim Fenlon (Stephen) of Hamden, and son Kevin Marshall (Dee) of New Haven.
George was better known as “Poppy” to his five loving grandchildren, George, Kelly, Brendan, Elizabeth, and Domenic. He also leaves behind his great-grandchildren, Maguire, Julia, Dylon, Olivia, Brogan, Beckett, Elle, and Robert. He is also survived by his lifelong best friend, Frank Cofrancesco. They enjoyed their Saturday morning breakfast and kitchen table chats together for the past several years.
George served his country honorably in the United States Air Force as an air traffic controller stationed overseas and stateside. In his younger years, George was a draftsman for Singer Sewing Machine, Pratt & Whitney, and UMC until he landed the position of petroleum inspector for the Saybolt Company in West Haven, until his retirement many years later. He was an avid reader, enthusiastic golfer, and die-hard Red Sox fan...finally getting to celebrate their World Series win in 2004.
George loved soaking in nature from his backyard deck, feeding the birds, squirrels, and any animal that happened to wander through. But George’s real affection toward animals was for his dogs, Willie, Molly and Mikey, whom he can now spoil once again.
His service was conducted Feb. 8 at The Havens Family, North Haven Funeral Home with the Rev. Timothy Meehan officiating. Interment with full military honors followed in All Saints Cemetery. For his online obituary, please visit www.northhavenfuneral.com.