Anthony J. Parisi, M.D., 92, passed away peacefully on Thursday September 20, 2012. He was the husband of the late Shirley Denny Parisi. Born in West Springfield, MA on December 17, 1919, he was the son of the late Joseph Anthony Parisi and Raffaela Mazzarino Parisi. He was pre-deceased by two sisters, Cecelia Parisi Augustino and Michelina Parisi Hogue. He is survived by four sons, Joseph Parisi (Sarah) of Charlotte, NC; Michael Parisi (Lisa) of Cheshire; David Parisi (Elizabeth) of Bow, NH and Peter Parisi (Christine) of Wallingford. He is also survived by eight grandchildren, Emily Naumovic, Kristine Fife, Michael B. Parisi, Anna Parisi, Samantha Limoges, Allison Parisi, Laura Parisi, Amanda Parisi and two great grandchildren, Luke Naumovic and Paloma Naumovic. He is also survived by three nieces and a nephew. Dr. Parisi was a graduate of West Springfield High School, The College of the Holy Cross and Tufts University School of Medicine where he graduated from the accelerated three-year program during WWII. He did his residency in general surgery at the Hospital of Saint Raphael where he served as an attending throughout his career. During his career, he was among the first physicians to provide medical care at CT Hospice. A U.S. Navy Medical Corps veteran, Dr. Parisi served as the Medical Officer aboard the U.S.S. Livingston from 1945 to 1946. He later served on the U.S.S. Juneau as a Lieutenant Commander and Medical Officer and at the United States Naval Hospital in Jacksonville, FL from 1953 to 1955 as a member of the U.S. Naval Reserve Medical Corps. The family wishes to thank the caregivers who helped him in his final days from Masonicare, Griswold Special Care and CT Hospice, in particular, Beulah Edge, Addo Nyantakyi and Martha Wilson. Dr. Parisi's funeral will leave from BEECHER & BENNETT FUNERAL HOME, 2300 Whitney Avenue, Hamden, CT on Monday, September 24, 2012 at 9:30 AM for his Mass of Christian Burial that will be celebrated at 10:00 AM in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, 2819 Whitney Ave, Hamden. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Centerville Cemetery. Friends may also visit with his family at the funeral home on Sunday from 4:00 to 8:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to CT Hospice, 100 Double Beach Rd, Branford, CT 06405.

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  1. I am so very sorry to hear of the passing of my cousin Tony. I truly enjoyed talking on the phone with him and reminiscing. Please accept my hearfelt sympathy.

  2. It’s with a heavy heart that I send my condolences. Tony and all of you are in my thoughts and prayers. Celebrate the many years you have had together.

  3. I’ve known the Parisi Family for almost 40 years now. I have been blessed that I saw Dr. Parisi a few months ago and we were joking about the .good old days.. My deepest sympathies and condolences to all the Parisi family.

  4. Please accept my deepest sympathy upon the death of Dr. Parisi. I have fond memories of working with him at Hospice and will continue to treasure his gentle smile and quiet manner. Know that you will be held in prayer. Sister Margaret Ann

  5. To Pete and Chris & the Parisi family, Al and I would like to extend our deepest sympathy to you and your family. It is always hard to lose the ones you love but they will always be in our hearts and minds forever. Justine & Al Kuncas

  6. To the Parisi family. My deepest sympathy and prayers to your family at this time. I was a caregiver for Shirley in their home and Dr.Parisi always had a special place in my heart. I have nothing but the fondest of memories of him and his deep love that he had for Shirley. In my prayers- Andrea Nappe

  7. Tony was a wonderful man who will be greatly missed. Our condolences to your family. Sincerely, Caryn, Tim, Brian & Robbie Coville

  8. .Tony. always had a nice comment to make about our relationship and I will miss him at the New Haven Medical Society Meetings and Dinners which he attended even though he was infirm. He will be missed by all of the members!!!!

  9. Dear Parisi Family, We wish to express our deepest condolences for your loss. Dr. Parisi was a very kind man and he will be missed. With sympathy, Rosanna Ferando and Daughters

  10. I knew Doc for over 4 years. He was a ‘regular’ at our local cigar lounge, the Calabash Shoppe in Hamden. Most of us guys would escape there when we could, enjoy a pipe or cigar on the big plush armchairs or couches and play chess or watch big-screen sports. Our .manly. discussions about the problems of the world or religion lasted for hours. Doc visited frequently and it was always a pleasure to see him come in. He knew each of us by name and developed relationships of mutual respect. His knowledge and experience always contributed to our discussions. He had scores of stories and insight about the Great Depression, WWII, the post-war world, his travels and adventures, and the world’s roads he did not travel. The man was a walking library and respected by each of us. Many of us are veterans, and Tony always matched us, story for story, when we started bragging about how tough our service time had been. Not one single visit went by without Doc telling us some flattering story about his wonderful wife (whom we all wish we had known). In four years of discussions, he never said a single disparaging word about her. He credited her with the successful upbringing of each of his kids, and she was clearly the highlight of his life. Doc smoked cigars and we often bought him a few, especially when he was ‘locked up’ at home due to heavy weather and dared not drive to Hamden. We took turns going to see him or taking him out to dinner when he didn’t show up at the shop as usual. He loved to eat at Sergio’s near Sleeping Giant and we took him there as often as we could. It was hard to watch him begin to fail in his final year. His knees slowed him, his balance was a problem and his memory began to fade. Other medical issues began to bother him after he passed 90. Many of us visited him in the hospital after he fell. He wanted cigars; we brought him ice cream. He was a true GENTLEMAN all the time I knew him. So long, Doc ~ you’ll be missed daily by ‘the guys’.

  11. To the Parisi Family.Our hearts are saddened by your loss,and our thoughts and prayers are with you all.Tony’s kind soul and giving spirit touched so many and will never be forgotten.Peace,Prayers and Blessings Angie & Grace Ceraso

  12. I would like to offer my condolences to the Parisi family. Dr. Parisi (and his wife) were long time neighbors of my grandparents. He was a good friend, neighbor and physician to them. I remember him coming over to visit with cigar in hand and always a big smile.

  13. Michael and Lisa and Laura and the Parisi family, deepest sympathies to you. You are in our thoughts today – Chris, Anton, Sam, Brynna, and Michaela Rao

  14. To the Parisi Family: With sincere condolences. I remember Tony as a kind and gentle man with a warm heart. He was a close family friend especially to my mom and dad! Danny and Anne Conte Tramontano (David Conte’s daughter)

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