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Alfred Rafaniello

January 8, 1927 ~ July 9, 2018 (age 91)
Alfred Rafaniello, 91, of Bristol, widower of Doris (Doolittle) Rafaniello and Dorothy (Pietrofesa) Landry Rafaniello, went home to be with the Lord on Monday (July 9, 2018) at Ingraham Manor. Fred was born in Bristol on January 8, 1927 and was one of five children of the late Alfred Rafaniello, Sr. and Mary (Muscato) Rafaniello. A lifelong resident of Bristol, he attended Bristol schools before enlisting in the United States Navy. He served during World War II in Okinawa, Japan. He then joined the Bristol Police Department serving in various capacities from Patrolman to Detective establishing the narcotics investigation division. He retired as Lt. Rafaniello after 20 years. He then went to work as an Investigator with the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney. After his final retirement, he spent winters in Florida for over 25 years. He loved golf and was a member of Pequabuck Golf Club. He was a diehard Yankee fan and enjoyed playing cards. He also enjoyed puzzles, games and music, teaching himself how to play the piano. A man of strong faith, he was a parishioner of St. Francis de Sales Parish attending St. Anthony Church in Bristol. He most loved his family to whom he was a role model, leaving behind a son, Gary Rafaniello of Bristol; four daughters: Deborah Ogonowski and husband, Bill of Bristol, Mary Anne Lorusso of Thomaston, Theresa Miller and husband, Joel, of Inverness, FL, and Lisa Porter and husband, George Porter, Jr. of Terryville; the extended Landry family; 15 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his siblings: Joseph Rafaniello, Dr. Robert Rafaniello, Lilly Marinelli, and Angelina Fusciello, and a son-in-law: Bill Lorusso. Relatives and friends may call at Funk Funeral Home on Tuesday between 5 and 8 PM. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday (July 18, 2018) at 10 AM from Funk Funeral Home, 35 Bellevue Ave., Bristol, to St. Anthony Church, 111 School St., Bristol, for a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 AM with military honors to follow. Burial will be on Thursday (July 19, 2018) at 1 PM in St. Joseph Cemetery, Bristol. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105, or to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675-8517 . Please visit Fred’s memorial web-site at
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