1925 - June 16, 2011
Fred DeFinis, longtime Norwalk resident passed away the morning of June 16, 2011 at Saint Vincent’s Medical Center. Mr. DeFinis was born in Brooklyn NY in 1925 and came to Norwalk as a youngster when his family moved here to work in the then thriving hat industry in East Norwalk. He attended the Marvin and Roger Ludlow schools in East Norwalk and later Norwalk High School.
Upon graduation from high school in 1943, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps where he served until war’s end. After his service, he enrolled at the University of Bridgeport where he majored in early American history. After college, he began raising a family and also building houses which was to be his profession for the next forty years. Over the years, he built or remodeled many architecturally significant contemporary homes which were his specialty.
In addition to being a voracious reader, he had many and varied interests from oil painting and photography to a variety of outdoor sports such as skiing, tennis, biking and especially boating. Growing up just steps from the East Norwalk waterfront, he was always intrigued by the waters surrounding Norwalk and beyond. As a boy, he explored these in makeshift craft built from scrap and later in all manner of boats. He loved poking around the shallow waters of creeks and inlets, often in kayaks or rowboats he built in his home shop.
He is survived by his wife of sixty years, Dorothy Burns DeFinis a lifelong Norwalk resident. He also leaves three children, Fred DeFinis of Wellesley, MA, Cathy Knies of Norwalk, CT and Jane DeFinis of Benicia, CA, in addition to four grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Mrs. Vilma and her husband Louis Caruso of Norwalk, CT, and his sister-in-law Terry Burns of Fairfield, CT.
Services for Frederick DeFinis are private. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made in his name to the Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301 Attn: Gift Processing, and the Norwalk Senior Center, 11 Allen Road, Norwalk, CT 06851.