Frank J. Affinito, a resident of Ridgefield for 48 years, died Saturday, June  2, in Danbury, CT after a long illness.

Mr. Affinito was born on April 13, 1932 in the Bronx, N.Y. Shortly after graduating high school, he enlisted and proudly served in the United States Navy from 1952 to 1956. He attended and graduated from Columbia University in New York and the University of Connecticut, where he received a master’s degree in electrical engineering.

Mr. Affinito was employed by the Dunlap Corporation from 1966 until 1968, and from 1968 until 1989 he worked at the I.B.M. Thomas J. Watson Research Center, in Yorktown Heights, N.Y. Amongst many professional achievements, Mr. Affinito was involved in critical patent work regarding the computer “mouse” in the mid- to late- Eighties, his family noted.

He is survived by his two sons, Frank Affinito of Ridgefield and Steven Affinito of Bethel. His wife of 32 years, Marion Maass, died in late 1991.

No funeral services are planned. Donations may be made in Frank’s honor at the Cancer Research Institute.