Hugo E. DeSarroApril 19, 1919 ~ December 12, 2017 (age 98)
Hugo E. DeSarro, husband of 71 years to Marietta (Randazzo) DeSarro and a resident of East Hampton, CT for 38 years, passed away on December 12, 2017 at the age of 98. He was born in Hartford, CT on April 19, 1919 to the late Joseph and Louisa DiSarro. He was predeceased by his twelve brothers and sisters Ada DeMaio, Carmella Sylvester, Olga DeMaio, William, Angelina Trotta, Guy, Lydia Cullen, Doris Sassano, Elsie DiSarro, Alvin, Conrad and Joseph.
Hugo served in the US Army Air Corps during WWII. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Connecticut in 1950 and his Master’s Degree from Trinity College. His collection of related short stories titled, For the Mare, was the first piece of creative writing Trinity College accepted as a master’s thesis. Hugo worked for 25 years for the City of Hartford Personnel Department until his retirement in 1975. He was a member of the Connecticut Coalition of Poet Laureates and a member of the Connecticut Poetry Society and was appointed Poet Laureate of East Hampton, CT by the town council in 2015. He is the author of Stone Steps, a collection of poetry which he published at the youthful age of 96. It was a moment of great pride and personal achievement when this book was placed in circulation at the University of Connecticut library. Hugo received numerous first place awards for his writing from the Altrusa International Poetry Society and in May of this year was honored with a Certificate of Recognition for his 19 years of participation. He published poems, stories and essays in a wide variety of publications worldwide and has received numerous local and national honors. In addition, Hugo penned Point of View, a weekly column for the Rivereast News Bulletin, for over 30 years.
Hugo was a devoted family man who shared his love of art, literature and music with the community. Although he also played other instruments, he was best known for his talent at the piano. He entertained his many friends at the East Hampton Senior Center on a regular basis and was a frequent volunteer at other local facilities and community events. He carried with him at all times his notebook full of song titles he could play by memory, and would never pass by a piano without stopping to play a tune of two.
Hugo is survived by his wife, Marietta, his three daughters, Doreen DeSarro, Nancy Carbone and her husband Frank, and Anita Bellows and her husband Warren, six grandchildren, Jesse Carbone and his wife Margherita, John DeSarro, Emily Silva and her husband Claudiano, Raymond Bellows, Michael Bellows and Janet Kellum, and two great grandchildren, Evalynn Kellum and Leo Kellum, as well as many beloved nieces and nephews.
The family will receive relatives and friends on Sunday, December 17th from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the Spencer Funeral Home, 112 Main Street, East Hampton, CT. A Funeral Liturgy will be held on Monday, December 18th at 10:00 am at St. Patrick Catholic Church, West High Street, East Hampton, CT followed by a burial in Mt. St. Benedict Cemetery in Bloomfield.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the East Hampton Senior Center, 105 Main Street, East Hampton, CT 06424. To send on-line condolences and directions please visit www.spencerfuneralhomeinc.com.