(Editor's Note: Below is a copy of the obituary for Socrates D. Semproni, which was provided to Patch)
Socrates D. Semproni, eighty six, of Sandy Hook, CT., passed away at Danbury Hospital on Friday, December 21, 2012.
Socrates was better known as “Blondie” to everyone who knew him. He was born on August 14, 1926 in Mt Kisco, NY, where he resided for over seventy years before locating closer to his family in Sandy Hook, CT. He is survived by Yolanda, his loving wife of fifty-seven years, three children, their spouses, five grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
Blondie was an operating engineer of Union Local 137 in Westchester, NY for over forty years. He was proud to be a part of the construction crew of many well-known and heavily travelled roads, tunnels, bridges, and parking garages in the tri-state area. He was known as “one of the best crane operators in the industry” as stated by many of his peers and protégés who often sought him out for his knowledge and expertise in the operation of heavy equipment. A World War II Veteran, he served four years in the Navy upon the USS Bridge. He was an active member of The American Legion and served sixty-five years as a volunteer firefighter in the Hook and Ladder Fire Company of Mt. Kisco, NY.
Blondie will always be remembered as a loving husband and father, the friendly neighborhood handyman, and a great golfer. He will be missed for his gentle kindness, patience, love of food, holiday traditions and good friendship to many. Visitation will be held at, Cassidy Flynn funeral home, Wednesday 4-8PM.DECEMBER 26thServices will be held Thursday 11AM at the funeral home, followed by burial with full military honors, at St. Francis Cemetery, Lexington Ave., Mt. Kisco, NY. Many thanks to the EMTs of Newtown and Sandy Hook, CT and the Medical Team at Danbury Hospital, Danbury, CT.