Enzo Rudolph Montesi, age 85, of Hamden, passed away on February 26, 2013 at his home surrounded by his family. Enzo was born in New Haven on May 2, 1927 to the late Olympio and Bruna Antonetti Montesi. Enzo is survived by his wife of 61 years, Irene Wynne Montesi; his son Gary E. Montesi and his wife Lisa of Guilford; his daughters Claudia M. Cruz of Wallingford and Gail M. Siclari and her husband John of Madison. He is further survived by his grandchildren, Michael M. Cruz and his wife Laura of Orange, Mark S. Cruz of North Haven, Christopher L. and Olivia L. Montesi of Guilford and his great grandson Evan W. Cruz of Orange and his former son in-law, Arthur M. Cruz. He is also survived by his sister Norma Bernacchia of North Haven, his brother Edward Montesi and his wife Rosemarie of Wallingford and his brother Ricardo Montesi of Hamden. He was predeceased by his sister in-law Marlene Montesi & his brother in-law Nullo Bernacchia. Enzo was a member of the United States Marine Corp. and a World War II Veteran. He was a graduate of the first class of Fairfield University. He was the owner and president of Montesi Volkswagen of North Haven, founding the company in 1964. He was a member of the Greater New Haven Automobile Dealers Association, the Amity Club, past president of the Marchigiana Society and a member of the Board of Directors of the former American National Bank. Enzo was a philanthropic person in particular with generous donations to the former Newington Children's Hospital, the Amity Charitable Trust Scholarship Fund and a major benefactor to St. Raphael's Hospital. His funeral will leave from BEECHER & BENNETT FUNERAL HOME, 2300 Whitney Ave, Hamden on Saturday at 9:00 a.m. followed by his Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. in St Rita Church, 1620 Whitney Ave, Hamden. Friends may also visit with his family on Friday from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment with Military Honors will take place in Beaverdale Memorial Park Mausoleum in New Haven. Contributions in Enzo's memory may be sent to CT Hospice Inc, 100 Double Beach Road, Branford, CT 06405. To send a condolence in his memory please see: www.beecherandbennett.com

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  1. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy for the loss of Enzo.As you know, I am not too distant from the loss of my Mom. I know your pain and I am praying for all of you. Fondly Dan Lynch

  2. Enzo I will miss you dearly one of my most loyal and lonstanding FRIENDS. MAY YOU REST IN PEACE. Bart & Dahlia Manaker

  3. Enzo was the man I had the most pleasure to work for he cared about you more as a person than an employee, a true Gentelman. My sympathy to you all. He will be missed greatly.

  4. Gail and family, I am very sorry for your loss. Hopefully you will find peace in the fact that your father has gone from life into .LIFE with His Creator.. With deepest sympathy, Mary Jepsen

  5. My deepest condolences to the entire family over your consummate loss. Enzo was a magnificent person, and I cherish the memories of growing up on Washington Ave and having him as the .class. of the neighborhood. Special thoughts go out to Ed, Rosemarie, and Gail.

  6. My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this very difficult time. Mr. Montesi was a wonderful man I am honored to have the privilege of knowing for so many years. He will be greatly missed.

  7. My thoughts and sympathies are with you all. I remember Mr. M.’s kind words when I lost my father. Mr. M. was an exceptional man and I am glad to have known him.

  8. My thoughts are with you all during this difficult time. Mr. Montesi was a good man and I am happy to have known him. He will be deeply missed.

  9. Words cannot describe the sorrow that we feel. My deepest sympathy to Mr.M’s family and friends. Mr. M was a legend , a legend that I am proud to say I loved. Rest in peace Mr M ..Will miss seeing you and talking to you..

  10. Your father was a remarkable, kind and charitable man. He will be missed by many but he is leaving behind a beautiful legacy in his family. Please accept my sincerest sympathies and know that I am praying for all of you. Sincerely, Barbara Lipman

  11. Dear Gary and family, We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God bless,

  12. Gary, Lisa and family, I am so sorry for your loss. May he rest in peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family during your time of sorrow. Love, Fred, Tracy, Derek and Tyler Nelson

  13. I worked for Me. Montesi @ 1971-1973 after high school. I loved working for the company He made people feel like part of the family. I Have had several jobs since, but none with so nice a leader. Dealerships had big turnover. He still has lots of the same employees. I was friends with Claudia- I send you my best. Of course, my deepest sympathies to everyone. He was a wondrful man.

  14. My deepest sympathy to the entire Montesi family.Enzo took a chance on me as a young man As I grew , our friendship grew.I will always remember our long talks behind closed doors,not business,just friends talking. I miss you…

  15. My heartfelt condolences go out to the entire family. Mr. Montesi was a great man indeed. He will be greatly missed. Sincerely, Christopher McNeil .Former Neighbor.

  16. Remembering fond memories of me as a little girl holding my mothers hand & walking down Washington Ave to your grandparents grocery store…visits to Enzo & Irene’s home in West Haven & always loving being in their company. Truly a loss in my heart! I share your sorrow. much love to all. Rita

  17. We were so sorry to hear that Enzo had passed away. We are away in Florida. We have been next door neighbors at Canterbury since the beginning. Our sympathy to your entire family. Rich & Julie Mercugliano

  18. Aunt Lena and I want to let you know how sorry we are to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you.

  19. Claudia, Mrs.M. & The Montesi Family, Our Thoughts & Prayers Are With You. We Are So Sorry To Hear of His Passing. God Bless

  20. We were so sorry to hear of Enzo’s passing. We just learned of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  21. Dearest Gail, John & Family, That which brings you sadness once brought joy. With deepest and heartfelt sympathy upon the passing of your beloved Father. Thinking of you, With Love, John

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