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Pasquale Edmund Raccio

Obituary for Pasquale Edmund Raccio

June 18, 2018
Hamden, Connecticut

Loving Husband, Father, Grandfather, Great Grandfather, Brother & Uncle


Pasquale "Pat" Edmund Raccio, 89, of Benchmark Senior Living, Hamden, died Monday, June 18, 2018 at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He is predeceased by his wife, Gloria Cuticelli Raccio. Pat, son of the late John A. and Frances Russo Raccio, was born in Hamden's Highwood section on November 16, 1928. A lifelong Hamden resident, he is survived by daughter Patrice (Samuel) Hughes of Narberth, PA, sons John P. Raccio (Michele Ardito) of Branford, and Joseph (Deborah) Raccio of Waukesha, WI, grandchildren Paul (Heather), Eric, Nikki, and Joseph Raccio, and Tristan and Jesse Hughes, great grandchildren Aria and Luca Raccio, and Kenley Spalding, and former daughter-in-law Debra Raccio, sisters Linda Raccio, Joan Novella, and Frances Magliochetti, sister-in-law Dolores Raccio and a large extended family, including special cousins Marguerite Mongillo and Lucille Ceruzzi. He was predeceased by a brother, John A. Raccio, Jr. Pat's first job was as a house and yard boy on the estate of manufacturer A.C. Gilbert, where his responsibilities included gardening and polishing silver. While attending the University of Connecticut, he worked summers at the A.C. Gilbert Co., where his father was a foreman. After marrying Gloria in 1953, he began his retail career at Sears, Roebuck & Co., beginning at the Hamden store, and ending in Orange. His first assignment, in the early '50s, was selling vacuum cleaners door-to-door. Later, he managed the vacuum and sewing machine departments until he retired from Sears in 1991. Pat was featured in the CPTV film "Open 'Til 9," a documentary about the rise and fall of the iconic Hamden store. Pat's interests included nature, music, poetry, photography and science. An accomplished pianist, he recited Shakespeare and Longfellow to his children, and offered his grandchildren cash rewards for remembering such facts as the speed of light. He loved to travel. One highlight was a 1972 monthlong cross-country trip in a Ford station wagon with his wife and children. He and Gloria also enjoyed a trip to Hong Kong, and extensive travel throughout Europe and the United States. Long before the advent of video, he documented the early years of his children and their cousins, all of whom grew up squinting in the spotlights of his home movie camera. Above all, Pat was a family man. Bowling was the only activity that took him away from home; every Wednesday night for nearly forty years. He bowled in a duckpin league at Johnson Lanes in Hamden, setting records that remained unchallenged for years. A proud member of Hamden High School Class of 1946, Pat participated in the reunion committees until his Parkinson's disease prevented him from doing so any longer. Following Gloria's death in 2011, Pat continued to live on Colony Street as he had since 1956. When he decided to move to assisted living, he made sure he stayed not only in Hamden, but at Benchmark, a half-mile from his home. The family would like to thank the Benchmark staff for making Pat's last year of life a pleasant one. He enjoyed his time - and his ice cream - there. Pat loved his hometown and never had any desire to move away. He always stated, "I was born in Hamden, and I'll die in Hamden." He was true to his word.

Pat's family will receive relatives and friends on Friday, June 29th from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Washington Memorial Funeral Home, 4 Washington Ave., North Haven. His funeral procession will leave from the funeral home on Saturday, June 30th at 9:15 a.m. for a Mass of Christian Burial which will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, 2819 Whitney Ave., Hamden. Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery, Hamden. Memorial contributions in Pat's name may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014, or online at

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