March 17, 1926 ~ November 11, 2020

Born in: New Haven, CT
Resided in: Hamden, CT

Nicholas J. Zacarelli, 94, of Hamden, passed away peacefully at the St. Raphael’s Campus of Yale-New Haven Hospital on November 11, 2020. He was the beloved husband of the late Eleanor Werme Zacarelli. Born in New Haven on March 17, 1926 to the late Celotto and Josephine Valentino Zacarelli.
Nicholas had been an active member of the Knights of Columbus and Local #777 Plumbers & Steam Fitters. Besides being a welder by trade, Nicholas had many other talents. He played the organ and enjoyed playing with his wife and the Falcetti Organ Group. His roller skating skills were hard to match, having skated professionally and even winning competitions. An avid bowler, he continued bowling regularly into his early 90s. Family and friends will greatly miss Nicholas’s sense of humor and the practical jokes he was known for.
Nicholas will be remembered by his sons, Derry Zacarelli & his wife Deborah, Glenn Zacarelli & his wife Mary Anne, Craig Zacarelli & his wife Christine, and Terry Zacarelli; his daughter, Robin Petrillo; grandchildren, Jesse & Christopher Petrillo, and Vincent, Jason, Ashlyn, Nicholas & Benjamin Zacarelli; great-granddaughter, Orlagh Zacarelli; and several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his siblings, Frank, Peter, John, Anthony, and Patrick Zacarelli, Mary Visjak, Josephine Baranowski, and Rose Marie Ferraro.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Nicholas’s family on Monday, November 16th from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden. A Funeral Service will continue at 11:00 a.m. in the funeral home, followed by his burial in Beaverdale Memorial Park. Memorial contributions in his name may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association, Connecticut Chapter, 200 Executive Blvd. Suite 4B, Southington, CT 06489 or online at


Visitation: November 16, 2020 9:00 - 11:00 am

Beecher & Bennett Funeral Service - Hamden
2300 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518


Funeral Service: November 16, 2020 11:00 am

Beecher & Bennett Funeral Service - Hamden
2300 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518


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  1. My deepest condolences to Craig, Terry, Derry, Glenn, Robyn and the entire family. He was such a great guy. I remember one of the first times Mr. Zacarelli spoke to me, I was in the driveway hanging with Terry and Craig. I bent down to pick something up, and Mr. Zacarelli said, “Yup, I heard it.” I asked, “What?” He said, “You made the old man sound.” I thought that was so funny. He was such an easygoing, great guy. I will miss him and Mrs. Zacarelli. I think if them often and will always think of them. God bless them.

  2. Rest In Peace pop, I can never repay you for all you’ve done for me and all that you’ve taught me throughout the years. You were the best!
    Rest easy now!
    I love you.

  3. My sincere condolences to Derry and the rest of the family. I am so sorry for the loss of your father.
    RIP Mr. Zacarelli.

  4. Tim and Olympia Pelletier

    With our deepest condolences to Robyn, Chris, Jesse, Christina and the whole Zacarelli family. May he rest in peace

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