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Henery Angelo "Casso" Buonocore

December 17, 1931 - February 12, 2017

U.S. Veteran

Burial Date February 17, 2017

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BUONOCORE: Henry Angelo “Casso” Buonocore, 85 of New London was called home on Feb. 12, 2017. He was born Dec.17, 1931 in New London the son of the late Michael and Frances (Bisconti) Buonocore. A life long resident of New London, a Bulkeley boy, he graduated from the former Bulkeley High School class of 1951. He served in the US Air Force, 301st Bombardmnt wing during the Korean War. After being honorably discharged, he attended Columbia College in Chicago IL where he met his future wife Katherine “Casey” Coin. They wed Feb, 2, 1957 and recently celebrating their 60th anniversary. He was a proud graduate of the American Theater Wing in NYC. His eyes would light up when he talked about acting, films, TV or his own acting. He appeared in numerous plays and TV shows such as “Naked City” and “The Verdict is Yours”. He received high accolades for his performance as Willie Lohman in “Death of a Salesman”. Locally he directed “Barefoot in the Park” at the Eugene O’Neill Theater and most recently; he was “Happy Cass” on his daughters radio show “Everyday People”. TCM was always on when you came to the house when you came to see him and Kay. He had a fantastic memory and could recite many lines from his favorite movies, which are too numerous to mention. He was a natural born economist, philosopher, and entrepreneur with a passion for family life, friends, and his beloved hometown New London. His creative brain led him to numerous career interests: stockbroker, property owner, gambling enthusiast, and salesman. He owned and operated the former A&W Rootbeer Stand in New London on Coleman St. in new London for ten years. His resume includes employment at Mitchell College and in his later years Foxwoods Casino. Casso loved Italian food-pecorino romano cheese, capicola and especially the bread. “Don’t forget the bread”. He made a mean spaghetti sauce and meatballs and enjoyed inviting people over for a Sunday sauce. He loved Ocean Beach Park and could be seen walking the boardwalk regularly. He loved looking at birds and squirrels in his backyard and observing their habits. He generously left them food on the picnic table in the backyard. He enjoyed good times with family at Al Drouin’s castlehome in Mystic. He loved to talk to everyone, everywhere he went. A deep compassion for mankind. He was extremely kindhearted and befriended many individuals and gave them a sense of hope through his laughter and jokes. He loved sitting around with cronies, holding court, bantering, and story telling. Everyone looked to “Happy Cass” to be entertained. He was the life of the party. Everyone looked to him for a “good time”. He loved to drive big cars. His repertoire included a 65 Cadillac, 67 Coupe Deville, and then he switched to a Crown Victoria. We took many a trip with friends and cousins to Misquamicut Beach and Rocky Point Part in RI in those cars. He was a great father and husband. Besides his beloved wife of 60 years, his two daughters survive him. Ann Buonocore of Mystic and Toula Buonocore of Groton. A brother James and wife Candace Buonocore of Mystic. Four nieces and nephews and many cousins. His family will receive relatives and friends on Thursday from 4 pm to 8 pm at the Impellitteri-Malia Funeral Home, 84 Montauk Ave. New London. The funeral will assemble on Friday at 10 am and proceed to a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 am in St. Joseph Church. Interment with military honors, in St. Mary Cemetery. He was the salt of the earth, a member of the greatest generation. A classic who maintained old world traditions and values amidst a new world. He might not have a star on Hollywood Blvd. but he is our star! He is the best of the best. He will be greatly missed by his family and friend’s.


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