Edmund David Gerosa, 88, of Hamden, passed away on March 29, 2012. Born on February 4, 1924 at 3025 Dixwell Ave., Hamden to the late Angelo August and Maria Ronchetti Gerosa. He and his mother went to the families' villa in Italy when he was 6 years old. Not long after their return, his mother passed away and he was raised by his father and three older brothers. He attended Hamden High School and was the first freshman to ever play hockey and the team won the State Championship that year in 1939. He went on to become Captain of the Hamden Hockey Team. Edmund received a hockey scholarship to the University of Illinois in 1942 before entering the Army Air Corp. He served his country as a pilot from 1942-1945. He was Honorably Discharged as a Second Lieutenant. For the next seventeen years he was in the reserves reaching the status of Major. He also received many honors and awards for his dedication and accomplishments to the Air Force, especially during the years as an Air Force Academy Liaison. He was a school teacher in Hamden for 11 years before becoming a guidance counselor at Hamden High School until his retirement in 1982. Edmund was a great businessman, having built the European Health Spa where his residence and birth place once stood. Family enjoyed summers with Edmund spent at their cottage in Branford. He enjoyed his years as a chinchilla breeder, was a member of the American Legion Post #88, and loved to dance. Edmund leaves his wife, Joan Young-Gerosa; daughter Lisa Beth Gerosa and son, Richard David Gerosa both of Branford; two grandchildren, Nicole Marie Gerosa and George Edmund Gerosa of Branford and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his first wife, Elizabeth Gargaly Gerosa;a son, Steven Edmund Gerosa, brothers, Raymond, William, and Edward Gerosa. Edmund will be remembered by most for his generosity, compassion and most of all, his guidance. BEECHER & BENNETT FUNERAL HOME, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden in care of PRIVATE arrangements. Memorial contributions in Edmund's memory may be sent to the CT Hospice 100 Double Beach Rd., Branford, CT 06405.

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  1. To Our Dear Lisa and Family, Please accept our deepest sympathy at this difficult time. May all wonderful memories be a blessing to you all. Lisa- my best friend forever-your love and commitment to your dad especially during the difficult times enriched both of your lives.I will always admire you and hold you close to my heart. Love Susan

  2. Dear Lisa and family, I wish to express my deepest condolences for the loss of your father. Your dad was a very special person and will be missed by those who’s life he touched. Sharon

  3. Ed sure had a full life and he helped so many others including students in high school and of course his service to this country. I will miss his marvelous stories but they will not be forgotten. Ray

  4. Joan We were sadden to hear about Ed. He was a very kind and thoughtful. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Mr Ed will always be in our hearts. Bobby and Jeanne Castiglione sr.

  5. lisa a richard i am sorry to hear about your dad. i will always rember the storys he would tell us kids at the beach. he will be deeply missed

  6. Mr Gerosa was a great man. He enriched everyone’s life who had the privilege of meeting him. My sincerest condolences. Tom Ney HHS ’76

  7. Mr. Gerosa was one of the kindest, most understanding people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. He was one of my best .friends. at Hamden High School. You couldn’t have asked for a better guidance counselor and I was so lucky to have had him for mine. My condolences to the family.

  8. Mr.Gerosa you always knew the right things to say to me and you made sure i made it down the right path. You were not just the Guidance Teacher you were my friend. Anytime i had a problem you would always stop whatever you were doing to take the time and just listen to me..My prayers go out to your family and friends.. You will be greatly missed by all… Karen Pascarella Paris

  9. My condolences to the entire Gerosa family. What a wonderful man he was, he gave so much wisdom and guidance to all of us at Hamden High. I will always remember him with the utmost respect and fondness. I hope knowing his was a life well lived brings you some comfort as you grieve his loss.

  10. A most friendly guy! He always greeted me if I was anywhere in view in or out of Hamden High School.He was a fine guidance counselor for my children.He was always up-beat and enthusiastic.He’s missed already.

  11. Dear Lisa and Rich , I was so sorry to hear about your Dad passing . I was fortunate to have your Dad around as I grew up ,even though it was only in the summer . He was a person you could always count on for good advise or a word of encouragment . I am sure he is in a good place . My best to you both . Jim

  12. Lisa, I am so sorry to hear the news about Ed.He was such a Gentleman and had a good soul.He will always be remembered…endu-eb-eb-ably. May God Bless Kent

  13. My condolences to the Gerosa family, he will be sadly missed by all who knew him. I was truly blessed to have him as my guidance counselor. I will never forget him. Valerie Kasle Dooley Hamden High School ’75

  14. Peace and love to all of you as you gather to remember such an incredible man…he was my guidance counselor at .MOM. high school from ’78 to ’82 and helped me figure out a lot of things, he had such a gift for helping high school students thru all the trials and tribulations and many joys of high school! He holds a special place in my heart!

  15. To the Gerosa Family, Hamden has lost a bright and enthusiastic spirit. He will be missed. May the Holy Spirit comfort your family. Sincerely, Leonora Henderson

  16. Dear Lisa and Richard.. In behalf of myself and the entire membership of the Cocheco Avenue Association, we want to offer you our deepest condolences and sympathy with the loss of you father. He was instrumental in providing guidance and advice to many of the children who still remain as Cocheco Avenue property owners today. Those children grew into adults and are now parents to their own children who enjoy all that Cocheco Avenue has to offer. May God bless you and family at this difficult time. Pace e Amore, Fred Russo Friend, Neighbor, President, Cocheco Avenue Association

  17. lisa a richard i am sorry to hear about your dad. i will always rember the storys he would tell us kids at the beach. he will be deeply missed

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