Stephen J. Bellagamba, 62, tile contractor, 1969 RHS graduate

Steven J. Bellagamba of Bradenton, Fla., who grew up in Ridgefield, died at Casa Mora Rehabilitation and Extended Care on Friday, June 21. He was 62 years old and the husband of Denise Churnugal Drillon  Bellagamba.

Mr. Bellagamba was born on Sept. 2, 1950, in Danbury to the late Silvio and Barbara Sterling Bellagamba. He was a 1969 graduate of Ridgefield High School and  served in the U.S. Air Force. He formerly lived in Watertown.

Also known as “Uncle Buck,” he was a self-employed  tile contractor and did home improvements.

“He was quick to help family and friends with anything they needed,” his family said.

Mr. Bellagamba was an avid golfer, bowler and softball player and loved the New York Yankees and Giants.

Besides his wife, he is survived by his children, Brian Bellagamba and his wife, Carey, of Watertown, Melissa Bellagamba of Clinton, and Cara Newton and her husband, Mike, of Bristol; four grandchildren, Julianna Bellagamba, Emma Newton, Olivia Grella and Isabella Newton-Castrogiovanni;  three brothers, Rick Bellagamba of Puerto Rico, Gary of Ridgefield, and David of North Carolina.

He was the former husband of Robyn Redwine of Thomaston.

A memorial service will be take place Friday, June 28,  at 1 p.m. at the O’Neill Funeral Home, 742 Main Street, Oakville.

Friends may call on Friday from 11 a.m. until the service at 1 p.m. Burial will be private and at the convenience of his family.

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