Attilio A. “Teet” Topazio, 90, of Bristol, died peacefully on Monday, April 29, 2013, at Cortland Place in Greenville, surrounded by his loving children. He was the former husband of the late Leonora (Saccoccia) Topazio and Linda Congdon-Marr of Brooklyn, Conn.
Born in Bristol and a resident for many years, he was a son of the late Enrico and Angelina (Pacelli) Topazio. He served as a technician 4th grade in the US Army during World War II. He was stationed in Oakridge, Tenn. and was part of the team that made the atomic bomb.
He received multiple Masters degrees from the University of Rhode Island and was a high school teacher of physics, chemistry and math for many years at South Kingstown High School, Evanston East High School and Warwick Veterans High School. He also taught on the staff of Louisiana State University and finally ended his career with the Vision Quest Program, teaching on a wagon train out west. In 1993, after more than 50 years as an educator, he retired.
Mr. Topazio coached football, baseball and basketball at high schools where he taught, and umpired, officiated and refereed baseball, basketball and football from pee-wee through college level. Teet was actively involved with sports his whole life and officiated until the age of 82. He also played for many years as a catcher for amateur baseball league teams. He was inducted into the Bristol Athletic Hall of Fame in 1984.
He was also well known for the beautiful music he made with his harmonica and spoons and his incredible artistic ability, especially with caricatures. Best known to his kids as the traveling man, he had a full life and wherever he may have rested his head and lived, Bristol was always his home.
Mr. Topazio leaves five children, Stephen Topazio and his wife Beth of Tiverton, Daniel Topazio and his girlfriend Nicole of Warren, Jessica DiCostanzo and her husband Don of Woodstock, Conn., Tanya Topazio of Stateville, N.C. and Taryn Novotny and her husband Andrew of Brooklyn, Conn.; two grandchildren, Melissa Jendzejec-Blanchard and her husband Gregory Blanchard, and Dezo Novotny; two great-grandsons, Zachary and Joshua Blanchard; and a brother, William “Gut” Topazio of Huntington, Long Island, N.Y.
He was a brother of the late Edmund, Angelo and Mary Calandra, Michael, Frank, Arturo “Tut” Topazio, Rachel Ouellette, Enes Kennelly and Gemma Murphy.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial Monday, May 6, 2013 at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 141 State St., Bristol. Burial with Military Honors will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Chestnut Street, Bristol. Visiting hours are respectfully omitted.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675 or online at www.woundedwarriorproject.org. For online condolences, shared memories, information and directions go to www.sansonefuneralhome.com.