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Daniel J. Renzoni Sr., Longtime Borough Deputy Fire Chief, Dies at 82

He was also the owner of Renzoni Pizza in Naugatuck and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

Daniel J. Renzoni Sr. passed away on Jan. 11, 2014. Credit: Naugatuck Valley Memorial/Fitzgerald Zembruski Funeral Home
Daniel J. Renzoni Sr. passed away on Jan. 11, 2014. Credit: Naugatuck Valley Memorial/Fitzgerald Zembruski Funeral Home
Daniel J. Renzoni Sr., a respected public servant and businessman in the Naugatuck community, died Jan. 11, 2014, at Beacon Brook Health Care Center after a long illness. He was 82. 

He was the husband of the late Evelyn A. (Bea) Renzoni. Born in Waterbury on Feb. 2, 1931, he was a son of the late Valentino and Gina (Allesandrini) Renzoni. 

A lifelong resident of Naugatuck, he retired as Deputy Chief with the Naugatuck Fire Department after 27 years of service. He had also owned Renzoni Pizza in Naugatuck. 

Renzoni was a member of the Cristoforo Columbo Society, the Naugatuck Valley Motorcycle Club, and New Haven County Chiefs, and the Waterbury Area Fire Chiefs Association. He proudly served his country in the United States Air Force during the Korean conflict. 

A communicant of St. Francis of Assisi Church, Renzoni truly loved life, his family and his friends. 

He is survived by his son, Daniel J. Renzoni Jr. of Naugatuck; his daughters, Deborah A. Diver of Naugatuck, Danielle R. Lieder and her husband, Richard of Seymour, and Denise Wilkins and her husband, David of Naugatuck; his sister, Diana Miner of Sebastian, Fla.; his seven grandchildren, Chris, Jeff and Adam Lieder, Danielle Diver, Jonathon and Daniel Wilkins, and Daniel Renzoni III; his two great-grandchildren, Ariel Diver-Pierre and Olivia Lieder; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.  

He was predeceased by his brother, Nello Renzoni; his sister, Valentina Ober; and his grandson, Dustin Diver. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 15, at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 318 Church St., Naugatuck. Please meet directly at the church at 9:45 a.m. Burial, with military honors, will follow in St. James Cemetery on Cross Street in Naugatuck.  

Calling hours will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 14, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Naugatuck Valley Memorial/Fitzgerald Zembruski Funeral Home, 240 North Main St., Naugatuck. Members of the Naugatuck Veterans Council will meet at the funeral home on Tuesday at 7:15 p.m.  

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Naugatuck Fire Department, 41 Maple St., Naugatuck, CT 06770; or Beacon Brook Health Center, 89 Weid Drive, Naugatuck, CT 06770; or the Smilow Cancer Center at Yale New Haven, 20 York St., New Haven, CT 06510.

To send an online condolence, visit www.naugatuckvalleymemorial.com.
Ken Hanks January 13, 2014 at 10:06 PM
I had the privilege of working for Dan Renzoni when I started with the fire department in 1985. If we treated each other the way he dealt with people the world would be a much better place. Kind, respectful, humorous, and caring-a true class act.

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