Sebastiano Crisafulli

>Sebastiano (Buddy) Crisafulli, 93, of Milford – passed away peacefully on Friday, Au­gust 26, 2016, at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Mr. Crisafulli, born in Milford on April 13, 1923, was the son of the late Antonio and Jo­sephine (Pagano) Crisafulli. He was a life-long resident of Milford and spent his child­hood years on Cot­tage Street amongst fam­ily and friends.

He left school early to help support his family, and at age 19 enlisted in the US Army. He served during WWII with the 483rd Anti-Aircraft Artil­lery in the South Pacific, where he took part in the action at Iwo Jima. In 2012, he was honored and awarded his high school diploma.

After the war, Mr. Cri­safulli returned to Mil­ford to work in Wilton at the Abbot Machine shop, and later established the Boston Shoe Store in Greenville, NH.

He married Eunice (Vercontaire) in 1950, en­joying 65 years of mar­riage. He was a dedicated husband and family man, and together they raised four children.

He was also well known as the shoe cobbler in Mil­ford where many custom­ers enjoyed visiting, while watching the repair of their shoes.

He enjoyed playing cribbage; gardening, both vegetables and flowers; and spending time with his family. Others may also remember Buddy from calling Bingo for many years at the VFW. In years past, Buddy was an active member of the Knights of Co­lumbus and a com­municant of St. Patrick’s Church in Milford.

He was pre-deceased by his wife, Eunice, and is survived by his four children, Glo­ria Hansen of Sterling, Virginia, Janet Kelly of Peabody, Massachusetts, Brenda Crisafulli of Mil­ford, and Michael Cri­safulli of Brooklyn NY; ten grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and neph­ews.

Calling hours were on Tuesday, August 30th, from 4:00-7:00 p.m. in the Smith & Heald Funeral Home, 63 Elm Street, Mil­ford. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. in St. Patrick’s Church, 34 Amherst Street, Milford, NH. Burial with military honors followed in River­side Cemetery, Milford.

In lieu of flowers, do­nations may be made to: Honor Flight NE: www. honorflightnewengland. org or Home Health & Hospice Care: www.hhhc. org.

To share a memory or leave a condolence, please go to www.smith-heald.com.