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.

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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