Dominic “Cris” Criscuolo, 84, of North Haven, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at St. Raphael’s campus of Yale-New Haven Hospital. He was the husband of Mary J. Wojcik Criscuolo. Cris was born in New Haven on April 27, 1929; son of the late Paul and Carmel Piscitelli Criscuolo; was a 1948 Commercial High School graduate where he participated in many of the schools sports activities and served his country faithfully in the 3rd Army during the Korean War. Cris had worked briefly for the former New Haven Railroad and later successfully owned and operated the Criscuolo’s parking for nearly 30 years, which encompassed several locations throughout downtown New Haven. He also owned and operated the Cork Shop in Branford. Cris served as the chief administrator for the town of East Haven for several years; became the director of operations for the New Haven Parking Authority from 1988-1997 and after his retirement became a consultant for the Fusco Corporation until 2003. Cris was an avid sports enthusiast having coached Little League Baseball for the Foxon Recreation League; held many positions in East Haven as a Justice of the Peace, Deputy Registrar of Voters, chairman of the Redevelopment Committee, chairman of the School Building Committee, a member of the Town Charter Committee and active in the Carmine and John Criscuolo Scholarship dinners. Cris was elected into the Hall of Fame of the New Haven Gridiron Club in 2000, was awarded the Key to East Haven, received the Outstanding Citizen Award of the San Catello Society in 2005 and was inducted to the Wilbur L. Cross High School Athletic Hall of fame in 2012. Father of Denise C. Consiglio of North Haven, Paul Thomas Criscuolo and his wife Rhonda of Raleigh, NC. Grandfather of Christopher James Consiglio and his wife Aimee, Rachel Elizabeth Riccardella and her husband Paul, and Stephen Paul Consiglio. Great-Grandfather of Mary Lillian Riccardella and Christopher Dominic Consiglio. Brother of Michael Criscuolo of Guilford, Ernest (Marie) Criscuolo of Westbrook and the late Mark Criscuolo, Pasqualina Scilipote and John Criscuolo. Brother-in-law of Margaret Criscuolo of East Haven. The family would like to extend a special “Thank You” to Dr. David Riccio for the excellent care and comfort given to Cris.
His funeral procession will leave the North Haven Funeral Home, 36 Washington Avenue, Saturday morning at 9:30. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated in St. Frances Cabrini Church at 10:00. Interment with full military honors will follow in All Saints Cemetery. The visiting hours will be Friday from 5 to 8 pm. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 2911 Dixwell Avenue, Suite 205, Hamden, CT 06518 or the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.