Silvio J. Bellagamba, 89, Ridgefield native, World War II veteran, printing foreman

Silvio J. “Si” Bellagamba, 89, of Ridgefield, husband of the late Barbara (Sterling) Bellagamba, died on Sunday, February 10, 2013 at Bethel Helath Care.

Born on January 21, 1924 in Ridgefield to Joseph and Ida (Bottachari) Bellagamba, Silvio, known simply as “Si” to his friends, has lived most of his life in the town he loved.

Always active in the community, “Si” served as chief of the Junior Fire Department at the age of fifteen. In 1944, “Si” was drafted into the United States Army alongside his brother, James Bellagamba.  “Si” was appointed to the Motor Pool, which taxied soldiers and officers from the base in town and vice-versa. He was ultimately promoted to the Red Ball Express, the highest level of the Motor Pool.  While stationed in England, “Si” had the distinction of transporting General and future U.S. President Dwight W. Eisenhower and his officers.

“Si” returned to his hometown of Ridgefield and began working as a foreman for the Ridgefield Press.  A position he held for thirty-five years. In the summer of 1948, “Si” attended a square dance at the Italian American Club in town, and it was there where he met his future bride, Barbara Sterling. They lived in Ridgefield for a few years before moving to Mount Kisco, NY.  The couple started a family in Mount Kisco before moving back to Ridgefield ten years later where he founded RoBell Printing.

“Si” is survived by his four sons; Steven and his wife, Denise of Bradenton, FL, Rick of Puerto Rico, Gary and his wife, Janet of Ridgefield and David and his wife, Cheryl of North Carolina.  He is also survived by fifteen grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday at 10:15 am in St. Mary Church, Ridgefield.

Interment will take place in St. Mary Cemetery, Ridgefield.

The family will receive friends in the Kane Funeral Home, 25 Catoonah St., Ridgefield on Thursday from 4PM to 8 PM.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Dorothy Day Hospitality House, P.O. Box 922, Danbury, CT  06813-0922.