Eugene Fortunato “Gene” Ridolfi of Niantic, a Ridgefield native and avid fisherman, died June 2,  after a sudden illness. He was 76.

Mr. Ridolfi was born in Branchville on July 2, 1936 to Americo Vespucci Ridolfi and Augusta Esposti Ridolfi.  He attended Ridgefield Schools and Bryant College in Rhode Island.   Initially employed at Burndy in Norwalk, he later became a longtime employee of General Sheet Metal Works in Stratford, from which he retired.

“Gene will be missed by all who knew and loved him, especially those who shared his love of fishing,” his family said.

Mr. Ridolfi is survived by his brother Louis Ridolfi (and wife Margaret) of Thomasville, GA; three daughters (by his first wife, Carolyn Guertin Ridolfi), namely, Pamela Ridolfi, Linda (Ridolfi) Wright (husband Dan), and Sally (Ridolfi) Gorman (husband Kevin) - all of Port Charlotte, FL; two sons (by his second wife, Lynette Theriault Ridolfi), namely, Jonathan Ridolfi, of Boston, MA; and Michael Ridolfi (wife Sarah) of Breckenridge, CO; a grandson, Adam Barrett, and a granddaughter, Madison Wright, both of Port Charlotte, FL; as well as special nieces and nephews:  Sandra (Ridolfi) Hennessey, Larry Ridolfi and Susan (Ridolfi) Wilson, all of Thomasville, GA; and Nancy (Mecozzi) Cyphers, VT; Jean (Mecozzi) Munro, MA; Dan Mecozzi and Jim Mecozzi, CT, and Nick Mecozzi, VA.

Besides his parents, Mr. Ridolfi was predeceased by his sister Louise (Ridolfi) Mecozzi (and husband, Dom).