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Remembering East Haven's Joe Buonome

The wake for the Democratic Registrar of Voters and longtime member of the East Haven Police Department will be held this Friday evening.

A few days ago East Haven lost one of its most beloved longtime public servants when Democratic Registrar of Voters Joe Buonome passed away Feb. 11 at the age of 73.

Buonome, an East Haven native, served as an officer and sergeant in the East Haven Police Department from 1972-2001, in addition to serving as a selectman in the 1990s and a member of the board of education from 2000-2004.

He was also involved in countless civic and town organizations throughout his adult life.

A wake will be held this Friday at The Porto Funeral Home in Foxon along Route 80 from 4 to 8 p.m., with a mass of Christian burial Saturday morning, beginning at 10 a.m., at Saint Vincent de Paul Church in East Haven.

Do you have a memory or moment of Joe that you'd like to pass along? Feel free to share it with the community in the comments below.

Julie Weisberg (Editor) February 15, 2013 at 01:19 AM
I will always be thankful to Joe for a number of laughs and smiles during the Election of 2011 and the Election of 2012 — adding up the voting tallies at Town Hall was never as much fun in other towns as it was in East Haven, and that was without a doubt because of Joe.
George Kenyon February 15, 2013 at 02:36 AM
Joe was an awesome man who will never be forgotten. Thank you for remembering him Julie.
Patrick Madley February 15, 2013 at 04:06 AM
I will miss Joe because he always made you laugh- no matter what. He was a great person to all and not a day went by where I saw him and he was not smiling.
Bob Fawkes February 15, 2013 at 12:58 PM
RIP Joe. One of the good guys.
Gene Ruocco February 15, 2013 at 01:39 PM
Joe Buonome was a great family man, he was involved in many organizations, he was the Democratic Registrar of Voters, he was a member of the Democratic Party, he was an asset to me as Democratic Town Chairman, he loved the music of the past and he was a special man. Always with a smile and a joke to tell, always with a trinket to give away, a pen or little flash light. But most of all Joe was a friend to all who knew him, political affiliation did not matter to Joe, he saw the good in every one and he knew that though our views might be different we as a person really are all the same, Joe tried to teach that to everyone he met and he will be so missed by so many. Rest In Peace my friend. Gene Ruocco
Robert D. Hoff - Working for a better East Haven February 15, 2013 at 01:59 PM
East Haven was truly blessed to have Joe as part of our community and it was my honor to count him among my friends. I spoke to Joe for the last time the other evening and let him know I was praying for him. I now pray for Joe during his time of transition and for his family. Joe was full of great stories of the past and always had a kind word for those around him. I cannot remember Joe ever saying one bad thing about anyone and I will greatly miss him as a friend. Rest in peace my friend you will be missed.
Rosie February 15, 2013 at 04:15 PM
Mr. Buonome was the epitome of class, a true gentleman in every sense of the word. If everyone had just a little of the good qualities that he had, the world would truly be a beautiful place. RIP, Mr. Buonome.
Sam Giglio February 15, 2013 at 04:27 PM
He was such a nice man to call a Friend, His Family will always be proud of the things he has done in East Haven. May he RIP
thomas russell February 16, 2013 at 05:28 AM
To my children he was known as Santa. To me was a mentor, friend and he made the short list of people with integerity,honesty,and genuine. I love you Joe and will miss you. Your guidance and insight has been invaluable. You are missed. Love youi
Lance Coughlin February 16, 2013 at 09:03 AM
Joe was a nice man, the town was lucky to have him as a public servant. Joe loved East Haven, and East Haven loved Joe. He's up in heaven right now enjoying some good food. RIP Sgt Buonome. It was a pleasure and a comfort to have you as a co-worker and supervisor.
Ted Musco February 16, 2013 at 09:06 AM
Loved going to lunch with Joe, he always made you laugh.
Dan McCann February 16, 2013 at 02:04 PM
Outside of my family I don't think I'll ever meet a man of Joe's character. We were all truly blessed to have known him, have him our lives and to have him as a friend. He certainly always had a great story to tell. My personal favorite was when he arrested all of Stevens Street and when he brought them to the old police station. The desk sgt at the time "unarrested" all of them and told Joe to go find a shady tree and sit under it for the rest of the day." The best part of Joe was he could find humor in himself and not care at all. RIP...Great memories of a truly great person.
Dan McCann February 16, 2013 at 02:38 PM
Part of Joe's legacy is his sense of humor. I think it would very touching to his family if we can remember one interaction with Joe and share it...So here goes mine. It was the day after I ran against Mike Lawlor in 2006 and lost the election. Everyone thought I had it won. My campaign manager Benny Mazzucco told me "Kid I think you're going to win." Then the world came crashing down and I lost. As I sat in Oasis wondering what happened in comes Joe Buonome and he said "How ya doing kid?" I said Joe, I don't get it I knocked on 5,000 doors, I pounded the pavement and I had good response. Joe's reply...."You were doing just fine until you knocked on those doors!" I looked at him and he had the stupid look on his face and I just started to laugh hysterically. Joe always had a way with words to make someone feel better!
Mary Athey February 17, 2013 at 09:58 PM
I met Joe last summer for the first time while working on a story about his family history. If you didn't get a chance to read it, http://easthaven.patch.com/articles/italian-immigrant-family-found-a-home-on-saltonstall-place, marks the spot. Joe was a wonderful man and he came from a wonderful family. We'll all miss him.

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