82 Fairview Ave.
Naugatuck, CT 06770
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Arnold Nori

Arnold E. "Babe" Nori

Monday, October 8th, 1923 - Friday, June 7th, 2019
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Arnold E. “Babe” Nori
Loving husband, father and World War II veteran

Naugatuck, CT Arnold E. “Babe” Nori, 95, husband of the late Catherine T. Nori for 72 years, died peacefully on June 7, 2019 at his home.

Babe was born on October 8, 1923 in Derby, CT a son of the late Arnoldo E. and Stella (Tombari) Nori and had lived in Naugatuck all of his life. With his sister Lee, he owned and operated Nori’s Market on South Main Street in Naugatuck for many years. He was a retired employee of Uniroyal, Inc. and Eclipse Glass. He was a proud World War II United States Navy Veteran, having spent over 30 years in the U.S. Naval Reserve, retiring with the rank of Chief Petty Officer. Babe loved to cook and was known for his delicious lasagna, pizza and homemade Italian sausage. He and Catherine enjoyed traveling extensively, both domestically and abroad. He enjoyed creating and teaching stained glass art and working as an amateur archeologist assisting on area digs. An avid reader, he had a special interest in Native American culture and history.

Babe is survived by his daughters, Anita Nori and Mary Lynn Shirshac and her husband, Steve; his sister, Lee Blanchard; his brother, Dr. John Nori and his wife, Nancy and many nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his wife and his parents, Arnold was predeceased by his daughter, Linda Ann Nori.

Babe’s family would like to thank their family, neighbors and friends, and especially Alcina, Deborah, Ede-Jo, Paul, Wendy and the staffs of VITAS Hospice and Acuity Homecare for all the support and comfort they provided.

Calling hours are Thursday, June 13,2019 from 4:00 to 7:00pm at Buckmiller Thurston Mengacci Funeral Home, 82 Fairview Avenue, Naugatuck. Members of the Naugatuck Veterans Council will assemble at the funeral home Thursday at 6:30pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, June 14, 2019 at 11:00am at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 318 Church Street, Naugatuck. Everyone attending is kindly asked to meet at the church. Burial with military honors will follow in St. James Cemetery. In lieu of flowers and to honor Babe’s memory, contributions can be made to St. Francis of Assisi Church, 318 Church Street, Naugatuck, CT 06770.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, June 13th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Thursday, June 13th, 2019 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Buckmiller Thurston Mengacci Funeral Home
    82 Fairview Avenue
    Naugatuck, Connecticut 06770
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  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Friday, June 14th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Friday, June 14th, 2019 11:00am
    St. Francis of Assisi Church
    318 Church Street
    Naugatuck, CT 06770
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    The Rev. John Kuzhikottayil
  • Interment

    St. James Cemetery
    Cross Street
    Naugatuck, Connecticut 06770
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sandra Santarsiero

Posted at 02:16pm
Dear Anita and Mary Lynn so sorry to learn of your Dad's passing sorry we could not be with you this week but something came up and we needed to take care of it. your Dad was always such a kind and loving person and he will be missed by all that knew him. Lenny and I have such wonderful memories of your Mom and Dad that will remain with us forever. know we will keep your Family in our hearts and prayers forever Fondly Lenny and Sandra Santarsiero

Mario Tombari

Posted at 11:39am
Heartfelt condolences to Anita , Mary Lynn , and all of the Nori Family .
The world was a better place because of Babe .
It was an honor to have met him .
Best Regards .


Posted at 06:12pm
Craig Blanchard

When I think of my Uncle Babe different images and feelings run through my mind: thoughts of him smoking his pipe and the aroma of Half and Half filling the kitchen in Bethany; His delft use of a sharpening steel on the families’ knives and my knowledge that it would be a quick trip to the emergency room if anyone else tried the same; Of trips to Sandy Beach in his Studebaker where he’d drop us off and we’d spend the day; and the night he took me to see Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea at the Salem Theater in 1954. What a great memory. I remember Babe covering me with his shearing coat to keep me warm as I slept in the back room of the store. I’ll miss his shock of white hair and his wonderful smile that shone of love whenever we met and how he’d always asked how others were. I was lucky to have known him and to have been born into such a great family.



Posted at 05:41pm
Saddened to here of Arnold's passing. We lived directly across from his S. Main St grocery store. We were in the big block on High St.
I remember going down the stone steps from the Pistarelli property, crossing S. Main, and going to the store for my mother. Arnold always had a smile for me.

My condolences...
Jim Pistarelli

Dennis Cormier

Posted at 04:22pm
Anita and family, So very sorry to hear of "The Chief's" passing !! He led a very long and successful life.We only talked a few times but it was good to share our Navy experiences with each other. Now he is 'at home' with his wife, God and the angels. May he rest in eternal peace !!
Dennis Cormier

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