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Obituary: James Joseph Salerno Jr.

James Joseph Salerno Jr. of New Canaan, CT, formerly of Port Washington, died March 29, 2010 at Norwalk Hospital of complications related to pneumonia. He was 83 years of age.

He was born on Feb. 1, 1927 in Port Washington to James J. Salerno and Stella Lafratta Salerno. He graduated six months early from Schreiber High School in Port Washington to enlist in the United States Navy during WWII and served as a Pharmacist’s Mate. After his discharge, he attended Clarkson University before earning his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Adelphi University. He first worked at Brookhaven Laboratories on Long Island before moving to Louisville, KY, to work at National Carbide while earning his J.D. from the University of Louisville. He then returned to Port Washington and joined Kane, Dalsimer and Kane in New York City where he was eventually named a partner. He subsequently served as Senior Patent Counsel at American Standard Companies in New York City.

He moved from Port Washington to New Canaan, CT, in 1979 where he lived until 1991 when he retired to Lexington, VA. Jim was an avid gardener and golfer, enjoyed entertaining, and cooking for, a crowd and, most of all, loved all things related to his family. He was also an active volunteer in the Catholic church and was proud of his over 60 years of service to the Knights of Columbus where he earned fourth degree status. He moved back to New Canaan in 2009.

Jim met his wife, Gertrude, or “Geret,” at a church bazaar in Port Washington. They were married for almost 55 years. In addition to his wife, he leaves four children and their spouses, Mariclair and Frank Bailey of Ocean Springs, MS, Lisa and Daniel Carlin of New London, NH, Susan and James Salerno of Concord, CA, and Julie and Rowan Taylor of New Canaan; ten grandchildren, Robert, Michael and Matthew Zittleman, Alexa, Savannah, Rive and Tessa Carlin, Callie, Mary Lena and Felicity Taylor; and one great-granddaughter Angelena Zittleman. He is also survived by his two sisters, Antoinette Salerno and Bernice Joslyn, both of Port Washington. He was predeceased by his brother, Carl Salerno, also of Port Washington.

A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 10, 2010 at St. Aloysius Roman Catholic Church, 21 Cherry St., New Canaan, CT. Donations in memory of Jim may be made to Malta House of Good Counsel located, 5 Prowitt St., Norwalk, CT 06855. Hoyt Funeral Home of New Canaan is in charge of arrangements. For online condolences,