STAMFORD, Conn. – Dominick Vavala, formerly of Stamford, died Oct. 9 at his home in South Salem, N.Y., with his wife by his side. He was 77.
He was born June 3, 1935, in Dasa, Italy to Antonio and Rose Bruni Vavala. In 1953, Vavala immigrated to Stamford. He worked as an operating engineering for Sam Grasso Co. in Darien.
Vavala then became a self-employed mason. An accomplished winemaker, Vavala's family said that he was known as "the winemaker of Vista." He was also known for his abundant fig crops and was an avid poker and Connecticut and New York Lottery player.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara Foster Vavala; a son, Anthony Vavala, of Thetford, Vt.; a stepdaughter, Heather Lea Foster, of Bridgeport; a stepson, Sean Colin Foster, of Stamford; a brother, Ralph Vavala, of Easton; a sister, Stella Walkowski, of Naugatuck; and two granddaughters
He was predeceased by his first wife, Deanna Correa-Vavala; a daughter, Lori Vavala Cogswell; a brother, Benvenuto Vavala; and two sisters, Catherine Scaturchio and Teresa Capomolla.
Visitation is from 4 to 7 p.m., Friday, at Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home and Crematory in Stamford. A prayer service will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to his wife, Barbara Vavala, at P.O. Box 596, New Canaan, CT 06840.