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East Haven's Arthur DeSorbo Passes Away, Leaves Huge Void, Friends Say

DeSorbo served under two mayoral regimes in East Haven.

Arthur DeSorbo
Arthur DeSorbo

East Haven’s Director of Administration and Management Services Arthur DeSorbo, 61, died early Sunday, according to Frank Gentilesco Jr., who is assistant director of administration and management for East Haven. 

DeSorbo was also the town’s economic development director and a trusted advisor of Mayor Joseph Maturo Jr. 

“It is a tremendous loss,” Gentilesco said. “I’ve known Arthur for 45 years.”

DeSorbo worked for Mayor Bob Norman and and Maturo. Maturo and DeSorbo were also close friends, Gentilesco said, and the mayor is shaken up by his friend’s death. 

Here is DeSorbo’s obituary. 

DESORBO, ARTHUR LOUIS In YNHH July 13, 2014, Arthur Louis DeSorbo 61, of East Haven. Beloved husband of Ann-Louise Gaetano DeSorbo. Loving brother of Louis DeSorbo (Sandy) of East Haven. Born in New Haven, October 2, 1952, son of the late Louis and Olga Petronello DeSorbo. Art was the Director of Administration & Management and Director of Economic Development for the Town of East Haven. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated Wednesday at 10 a.m. in St. Mary’s Church, 731 Main St. Branford. Friends are asked to go directly to church. Burial will follow in St. Agnes Cemetery, Branford. Calling hours are Tuesday from 4 - 8 p.m. in Sisk Brothers Funeral Home 3105 Whitney Ave. Hamden. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.siskbrothers.com.

Aldo Popolizio July 14, 2014 at 02:25 PM
This is so sad. Art was the greatest guy Personally and professionally My heart and prayers go out to his family, friends and coworkers. He will be missed by all who knew him for sure.....
Barbara Natarajan July 14, 2014 at 07:40 PM
East Haven lost a faithful servant today. Art was a very kind and sincere fellow. I served with him on several commissions and he had the best interest of the Town folks at all times. He left us too soon. God Bless.
Paul Carbo July 15, 2014 at 07:51 AM
Arthur was one of the most dedicated guys I've ever had the pleasure to work with, he was very passionate about everything he did. My prayers go out to Ann and Art's family in their time of sorrow. I'm going to miss the time spent with Art talking about his many years of service in our town and state. He was a good man and will be sadly missed. Rest In Peace, my friend.
Johna Pompano July 15, 2014 at 08:09 AM
I had the pleasure of meeting Art through the town Rotary Club when they would meet at the Beachhead Restaurant where I worked. He was a very kind hearted individual, who was very passionate about his involvement in EH. My condolences to Ann and his family, May he rest in peace. Heaven gained a pretty good angel, watch over us.
Magdalen Sparaco July 19, 2014 at 09:42 AM
Art was the mainstay of this Town and this Town will miss his knowledge on economic improvement. As a Republican, many years ago, Art and I worked together very closely during the Norman Administration. I was there when he met Ann. Bob hired Art shortly after Art moved into East Haven. It was my job to show him the ropes and we became good friends. We worked for Bob for six years. Although many years later I chose to change political affiliation, Art and I were still old friends and we felt it everytime we would met. He was always there to lend a helping hand. My last visit to see Art was a sad, sad visit. I feel his loss and so will the Town of East Haven. My words to Ann, are "stay strong."

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