STAMFORD, Conn. - Louis A. DeCarlo of Stamford, a retired chief of the Stamford Police Department, died Thursday, June 12. He was 71.
DeCarlo was born May 29, 1943, in Stamford, to Daniel and Carmela Calabrese DeCarlo. He grew up in Elmsford and Purchase, N.Y., where he worked for his family's business, DeCarlo's Greenhouses. He joined the Air National Guard, and moved back to Stamford after his marriage.
He became an officer with the Stamford Police Department in 1972. He served for 32 years on the force, where he worked his way up through the ranks from patrolman to sergeant to lieutenant followed by deputy chief and ultimately retiring as chief in 2004. He was a 30-year member and one of the originators of The Good Times Golf League.
DeCarlo is survived by his wife, Fran Sinaguglia DeCarlo; daughters, Laura Neilson (David) of Stratford, and Nicole Mahady (Steve) of New Milford; three grandchildren; brother, Franklin DeCarlo of Boca Raton, Fla.; sister, Lucy Scaturchio (Joe) of Stamford; aunt, Marie Scimi; in-laws, Joe and Gloria Sinaguglia and Frank and Ruth Sinaguglia; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; brother-in-law, Michael Conetta; and sister-in-law, Barbara DeCarlo.
Calling hours are Tuesday, June 17, from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Myrtle Ave., Stamford. A procession will leave the funeral home Wednesday, June 18, at 10:15 a.m. for Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, 37 Schuyler Ave., Stamford, for a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at St. John’s Roman Catholic Cemetery, Darien.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in DeCarlo’s name to the Katie Fontneau Scholarship Fund, c/o Stamford Police Association, 805 Bedford St., Stamford, CT 06901.