Philip A. Curto, 85, veteran, builder

Philip A. Curto, 85, of Wilton, CT, died peacefully in Norwalk Hospital on October 4th.

He was born in the Bronx, NY July 6th, 1929 and was a loving and devoted son of the late George and Loretta (Ippolito) Curto.

Phil’s passion for construction began when he worked with his father replacing and repairing roofs in his father’s roofing business. In 1948, he felt the need to serve his country and enlisted with the U.S. Marines. He served from 1948 until 1952, during the Korean War conflict, studied Mechanical Engineering, and was honorably discharged as Master Sergeant. When Phil returned home, he attended City College in Manhattan taking Civil Engineering classes. He continued to help his father in the roofing business while expanding into home repair and reconstruction projects. He also tried several other business ventures, but his love of architecture and building was his main motivation. In 1967, he moved to Stamford and began a partnership, building condominiums, the ‘new housing’ in the 70’s. He helped to construct and general contract quite a number of condo complexes in Stamford, imparting his vast knowledge, skills, and strong work ethic wherever he worked.

Phil’s family was very important to him and his love and loyalty were great examples of his dedication to them. He received much joy from his grandchildren and loved the times he spent with them. He is survived by his brother, Daniel Curto and wife Ann, and his sister, Frances Curto Lordi and husband Anthony, his three children - Dolores Curto of NY, Debra Curto Black and husband Stephen of CT, Peter Curto and his wife Cyndi of CT, and five grandchildren, Zachary and Rachel Black, and Lindsay, Gabriela, and Drew Curto.

Funeral services will take place on Wednesday, October 8. 2014 at 10:30 a.m. in the Jesse Lee Memorial United Methodist Church, 207 Main St., Ridgefield with the Rev. Dr. William B. Pfohl, Senior Pastor, officiating.

Entombment will take place in Ferncliff Mausoleum, Hartsdale, NY with military honors.

The family will receive friends in the Kane Funeral Home, 25 Catoonah St., Ridgefield, CT on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Contributions may be made to the Wounded War Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS  66675 or to the U.S. Marine Corps. League, Toys for Tots, Ridgefield Detachment, 25 Halpin Lane, Ridgefield, CT  06877.