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James Louis Ardito

August 31, 1943 ~ February 13, 2024 (age 80) 80 Years Old

James Ardito Obituary

Entered into rest Feb.13, 2024, James L. Ardito, 80; husband of Caroline Gargano Ardito of North Branford; proud father of Gabriel (Gianna) Ardito and Margaret (Mathew) Calkins; also survived by his granddaughters, Eva Ardito and Madison, Mia and Margaret (Marnie) Calkins, who were the absolute love of his life. Other survivors include a brother-law, Frank A. "Butch" (Carolyn) Gargano, nephew, John (Elaine) Ardito, and a niece, Carolyn Cocco; predeceased by a brother, John Ardito, and a sister, Margaret Iaccarino. Born in New Haven on August 31, 1943, he was the son of the late John and Pasqualina (Lena) Ardito. Prior to retirement, he worked as an ironworker. James was a member of the Elm City, Hamden, and Guilford Gun Clubs and the Prihillian Club. He was an avid fisherman, loved golfing, skeet shooting and cooking. He was famous for his stuffed breads, anginette cookies and eggplant parmesan. He enjoyed having company, cooking for his guests, especially on holidays and special occasions. James was a volunteer for the American Cancer Society relay for life in North Branford, donating over 500 anginette cookies to raise money for the event. He enjoyed watching UConn women basketball games, both in person and on TV. He was a lover of animals, especially dogs, and will be greatly missed by his companion, Woody. Nothing brought him more joy than spending time with his granddaughters.
Friends may call on Friday, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at MARESCA & SONS FUNERAL HOME, 592 Chapel St., and are invited to go directly to Blessed Michael McGivney Parish in the Church of St. Michael on Saturday, at 10 a.m. for a Mass of Christian Burial. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter, 749 East Main St., Branford, CT 06405. 

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February 16, 2024

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Maresca Funeral Home

Mass of Christian Burial
February 17, 2024

10:00 AM
St. Michael s Church 29 Wooster Place, New Haven


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