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Ex-Fairfield Police Chief Mastronardi Dies at 89

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Anthony J. Mastronardi, a retired chief of the Fairfield Police Department, died Tuesday at St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport.

Mastronardi was 89 and lived in Monroe. Born in Bridgeport, he was a lifelong area resident. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during World War II.

Mastronardi became a Fairfield police officer in 1950 and worked his way up the ladder, becoming a sergeant in 1954, lieutenant in 1958 and captain in 1962. He was named chief in 1972 and retired in 1980.

A graduate of the FBI National Academy, Mastronardi was a member of the International Police Chiefs Association and the Knights of Columbus.

He is survived by two sons, Anthony J. Mastronardi and wife Kathy of Fairfield, and Gary Mastronardi and wife Tracy of Huntington; two sisters, Frances Gentile of Fairfield, and Rose Russo and husband Corrado of Trumbull; and six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild.

Calling hours are 1 to 3 and 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Larson Funeral Home in Bridgeport. A funeral service will begin at 9:15 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. A Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m at Holy Family Church in Fairfield. Burial with full military honors will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Trumbull.

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