Gary F. Mongillo, 59, of North Haven, formerly of Hamden, passed away on Saturday, May 17, 2014 at the St. Raphael's campus of Yale New Haven Hospital after a brief illness. He was born in New Haven on March 7, 1955, the son of Gloria Davis Mongillo, of Hamden, and the late Ferdinand Mongillo. He was the beloved husband of 32 years to Eileen Wade Mongillo. In addition to his mother and his wife, Gary is survived by two loving daughters, Siobhan Marie Day and Maureen Catherine (Joseph J., III) Cruz, both of North Haven, a sister, Nadine Avellani-Mongillo, and a niece and goddaughter, Nicole Perrelli, both of East Haven, and 3 grandchildren, Ethan Alek Day, Audrey Lily Cruz, and McKenzie Elise Cruz. Gary had been employed at Stop & Shop in Hamden since 1987, working as a member of the store's night crew. He was an avid bowler, participating in the Stop & Shop league, a talented woodworker, and a diehard sports fan, especially of horseracing, the New York Yankees, and the Miami Dolphins. He was part owner of the Hamden Kennel Shop for over 30 years. He loved trips to the casinos and to the beaches at Misquamicut and Montauk, singing, and enjoying cigars and scotch, and he was also a local baseball coach. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Blessed Sacrament Church, 321 Circular Ave., Hamden, CT at 10 AM on Thursday, May 22. Friends may visit with his family at BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden on Wednesday from 5-8 PM. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Gary's memory may be made to the ARDS Foundation, 3330 Dundee Rd. Suite C4, Northbrook, IL, 60062 or given online at www.ardsusa.org.

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  1. A big part of very many friends and family has been ripped apart to soon. You were a devoted husband to Eileen, a very dear father to Siobhan and Maureen,a wonderful brother, an awesome grandfather!, and one of the most loyal friends anyone could have. You will be terribly missed Gary. I so wish it was possible for me to be there, but I am in heart , soul, and spirit. And my deepest gratitude for being such a great friend ! You will be terribly missed by many Gary, may you rest in peace. <3

  2. I will miss his gentle warmth and kindness. He was always a reassuring presence. With tears I say goodbye and wish he could have been with us a whole lot longer.

  3. I will miss my good friend very much. We had many fun times together over the past 25 years. My heart goes out to all of you at this difficult time. From the St.Patricks day parades, Yankee games, Rhode Island & Sunday dinners out & about, we had many laughs and wonderful memories. I will miss you .Big G.. love, Carolyn

  4. I worked with Gary for 10 years at Milford Jai Alai. He was alway a fun guy and willing to help out. My condolences to your family. Jayne Schroeder

  5. My sincere condolencies to you & the girls on Gary’s passing. I have thoughts of the after dinner service (our cocktail hour) we had at NHCC & Gary smoking his STOGIE, & the bus trip to Yankee Stadium, remember the good times- stay strong stay well, he will be missed Sincerely, chef Bill & Dot Savastano

  6. NADINE AND FAMILY, SO HEARTBROKEN FOR ALL OF YOU TO HEAR OF YOUR LOSS. I KNEW GARY FOR QUITE SOME TIME AND KNOW THE WORLD WILL BE A LITTLE LESS COMPLETE WITHOUT HIM. HE LIVES ON IN HEAVEN, WATCHING DOWN ON YOU AND WAITING FOR YOUR REUNION. LOVE AND PRAYERS TO ALL OF YOU . KIM GRACE D’ANGELO MAIDEN NAME KIM GRACE DEMATTEIS HAMDEN CLASS OF 1975

  7. So sorry for your lose I sit here thinking about all the Yankee games he and I and Tony Ucci would watch and travel to the games.Thoughts and prayers are with you thru these tough times

  8. So sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. I can remember so many times at the Hamden house growing up right across the street. Gary hiding in the bushes on doorbell night – scaring us before we could get to the doorbell. Then as an adult… all the times seeing everyone in Montauk. He was a great guy! My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  9. So sorry to hear of your loss. Gary was a kind and wonderful son, husband and father. I will remember him in my prayers. My sincere sympathy to his family and may our Lord comfort them. Jeanne Fritz

  10. To my brother who I will miss very much. Wish we could have spent more time together but I know your spirit will come around me from time to time. Won’t ever forget all the fun times spent at Montauk and Saint Patrick’s Day parades. You were a fun and gentle guy. See you when I get there. Your sister Nadine.

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