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Daniel Joseph Letizia, Sr.


November 25, 1937 – May 3, 2020

Dan “Sabu” Letizia, age 82, of Trumbull (formerly of Norwalk), CT left this world on May 3, 2020 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Bridgeport. We thank the dedicated and courageous hospital staff for all they did for Dan and for so many others during this time.

Born and raised in Norwalk, CT, Dan was the son of Joseph “Uncle Joe” Letizia and Jennie Pinto Letizia. Dan was a proud U.S. Air Force veteran. He went on to serve in the U.S. State Department and saw much of the world in his time of honorable service to the country that he loved. Upon returning from his service abroad, Dan established himself as a successful owner of Uncle Joe’s restaurant and later Phoenix Limousine. Dan loved to tell stories of his youth and travels. During his time in New York City in the early 60’s, Dan often appeared at open mic poetry readings at Café Wha? in Greenwich Village where he delivered his original verse with uniqueflair and gusto! A diehard and lifelong fan of the Brooklyn (L.A.) Dodgers; he played, coached and umpired the sport of baseball for much of his life. He coached both of his sons’ baseball teams and took great pride in their achievements both on and off the field. He was also a mentor for the players he coached over the years and was adored by them all. In his later years, Dan took special delight in his grandchildren’s sports, interests and activities. He never missed a single game or event. He was their biggest supporter in whatever they tried. Dan was an avid fan of horseracing and was often quite lucky at three card poker and roulette! He loved to enjoy a nice glass of red wine with a good meal at the Mohegan Sun Casino. Dan was married for 43 years to the love of his life, Gertrude “Gertie” Potenziani Letizia, and now rests in eternal peace with her. In addition to his beloved parents and wife, Dan was predeceased by his brother Louis Letizia and sister Victoria Letizia Cook. He is survived by his sister, Mary Letizia Massaro, who, in his own words, ‘was like a mother’ to him. Dan is also survived by his sons, Daniel Joseph Letizia, Jr., Dennis Louis Letizia and his wife, Michele Segers Letizia, two granddaughters, Madison Shae Letizia and Morgan Rhae Letizia as well as two grandsons, Brendan Gerard Letizia and Nicholas John Letizia, Erin Kelly, and many beloved nieces and nephews. In his time on earth, Dan touched so many lives and cherished his family and lifelong friendships, most especially his best friend of 72 years, Joe Mastrianna. He will be profoundly missed by all who knew and loved him.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Dan’s memory can be made to Norwalk Education Foundation at www.norwalkeducation.org or mailed to 125 East Avenue, 3rd Floor, Norwalk CT 06851.

Due to social/health concerns at this time surrounding public gatherings, funeral services and interment will be held privately for the immediate family. Arrangements have been entrusted to Collins Funeral Home, Norwalk where online condolences may be left by visiting us at collins-funeral.com

  1. Mr. Letizia…..so many good things to say about him. Known him for 40+ years. Was always impressed with how nicely he spoke of his wife. Said to me more than once, “anyone willing to put up with me must be a saint”. Great father, grandfather, friend. People who worked for him at Uncle Joe’s / Phoenix Limo loved him, for good reason. Great baseball mind. When I was a young coach he offered much advice; always the right advice. Seeing him through the years at Glen’s Variety was always fun. Talk about stories, true stories. Very honest, knowledgeable guy in many ways. Was honored to have him attend my wedding last year – about 10 people told me in months to follow that they spoke to a “little short guy- great guy”. Defined the phrase “straight shooter”. The baseball community has lost a part of its history, and to family and friends, a huge part of their lives.

    May 5, 2020
    Tim Hefferan -
  • Thank you that Uncle Joe’s endures, still a place of great food, and great service, even though not in the family. Your legacy still feeds so many, and every dish from the Little Joe Pizza, to the memory of Glidin’ Ed the bartender, to what is served today, was and is top of the line. Thank you for a place where families and friends relax and have great memories.

    May 5, 2020
    Larry Porricelli -
  • Uncle Danny,
    You were my favorite Uncle. You helped me learn how to ride a bike on the path in back of Uncle Joe’s in the 60’s when I was just a boy. I could confide in you with a problem and you would never judge me. Then you would tell me ” Go Getum Boy!” I will never forget that. Words can not express how saddened I am to here this news. I can only hope you are in a better place. I will always celebrate your life. To my cousins Danny Jr. and Dennis, words can not express how you must feel. But do find comfort in knowing your Family and Friends are here for you. You were a truly great man Uncle Danny! I am going to miss you, and I love you.

    May 6, 2020
    Paul A Potenziani Jr. -
  • Danny, rest in peace. We go back a long time. A lot of great memories.

    May 6, 2020
    Ron Milko -
  • Dan Letizia was a man who was always ‘larger than life’. A warm, loving, humorous and knowledgeable gentleman. I was fortunate to play baseball under his tutelage. He was a brilliant baseball mind and his enthusiasm for the game was undeniably infectious. I regarded him as ‘family’ and always enjoyed speaking with Dan through the years. It’s a sad reality that he is gone and that so many of his friends cannot pay proper final respects. Rest in peace Dan. Thank you for being such a caring person to so many. To his immediate family, my sincere condolences.

    May 7, 2020
    RUDY GISOLFI -
  • Dan was a classmate at Norwalk High School. Always a smile on his face. We reconnected when he owned Phoenix Limo and serviced the company I worked for. Saw him regularly at Glenn’s in Broad River. So proud of his grandkids and a devoted husband. Rest in peace, Dan.

    May 7, 2020
    Rita Faucher -
  • Dan,
    Our deepest sympathy on the passing of your dad. He sounds like he was a wonderful man. We are thinking of you.
    Sincerely,
    Tom and Dodie Whelan

    May 7, 2020
    Tom and Dodie -
  • To the Letizia Family, I am saddened to hear of Danny’s passing. He was a family and personal friend for over 60 years. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

    May 8, 2020
    Kevin Fitzgerald -
  • Danny and Dennis, my condolences to you on the passing of your dad. Wonderful man,good friend,he will be missed .

    May 8, 2020
    John DiCostanzo -
  • Danny, Dennis and family. Very sorry to hear this. Your father was a Norwalk icon. As he grew older he bragged more and more about his grandchildren. We will all miss him. I will miss the times talking about old baseball stories with him at Letizia’s, Lous’s Pizza, The Old Timers Dinner, Melissa Mastrianni Cybart’s parties and my brother Tim’s wedding. I first met your father when I was ten years old and he was the umpire behind the plate that always coached and helped the players. Then when I was fourteen and fifteen he was my coach in Babe Ruth League. He was the umpire when I got my first hit Varsity in NC. In the game of baseball all he did was build confidence and help his players improve. He will never be forgotten. I loved that guy.

    May 9, 2020
    Matthew Hefferan -
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