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Louis Benjamin Calantoni

January 23, 1937 –
 December 29, 2022


Louis B. Calantoni passed from this life on December 29, 2022 in Richardson, Texas.  He was 85 years old.

Born January 23, 1937 in Raritan Township, New Jersey to Victor J. Calantoni and his wife Olga (Szabo) Calantoni, Louis was the fourth of eight children.  His siblings included Caroline “Dolly” (Kelly), James, Frank, Victor, Richard, Ronald, and Joanne (Mingus).  The family lived in Hopelawn, NJ.  Louis graduated from Woodbridge High School in 1955.  He proudly served for several years in the United States Army beginning in 1956.

Louis married Marie (Pagluica) in 1960.  They had two daughters, living first in Irvington, NJ and later in Brick Township, NJ.    The couple moved to Florida after retirement, and divorced in 1999.

Louis joined the Irvington Fire Department in 1966.  He served bravely as a firefighter for 25 years, attaining the rank of Lieutenant.  During this time he was usually working one “side job” or another with his firemen buddies, to support his boat.  He enjoyed fishing and crabbing in the Barnegat Bay.  Lou was a huge fan of the music of Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald.  He rooted for the New York Giants.   Nearly everyday he would complete a crossword puzzle from the newspaper in pen.  In his later years, he took an interest in cooking.

Lou loved his life in Port St Lucie, Florida.  After so many years of fighting fires in freezing temperatures in New Jersey, he loved the warm weather.  He enjoyed playing golf several days a week until his health prevented him from playing.

He was a member of the American Legion Post #318, and the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge#315, Port St Lucie.  Together with his companion Joy Ferreira, he participated in many fraternal and charitable activities over the years.  His family is so grateful for Joy, her daughter Dee, and all of the friends and neighbors that offered a helping hand as Lou experienced health issues these last few years.

Lou is survived by his daughters and their husbands, Terry Ann and Adam Ginther (Allenwood, NJ), and Maria and Michael Harris (Richardson, TX); six grandchildren, Nicholas Ginther, Katy (Ginther) Sarlo, Bryan Harris, Joshua Harris, Luke Harris, and Mark Harris; and two great-grandchildren, Evan Sarlo and Chelsea Sarlo.  He is also survived by his younger brother Ron Calantoni, his wife Carmella and their family.

Arrangements under the direction of:
Aria Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252
(214) 306-6700

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