Obituary: Barry J. Volante, 79, of Washington Depot, formerly of Trumbull

Barry J. Volante, 79, of Washington Depot, CT passed away suddenly on Monday, January 20th, 2014 at Danbury Hospital.

Barry was born August 2, 1934 in the Bronx, New York to Vincent Volante and Ruth Wendorf Volante. His family included his brother Harvey Volante, who died honorably as a United States Airforce Officer in 1952 and his sister, Carol LaTempa, of Hopewell Junction, NY, who predeceased him in 2010.

After graduating from Christopher Columbus High School in the Bronx, Barry then attended New York City Technical College of Applied Sciences and graduated with a degree in Electronic Technology. Upon graduating, he was employed by Teleregister as an Engineer, and then went on to work at GTE (General Telephone & Electronics) as Director of Customized Networks. In his later career, he founded the Telecom Finance Group at GE Capital in Stamford, CT where he served as Vice President – Telecommunications Finance. His role at GE Capital took him around the world as a lead negotiator for major infrastructure projects. He retired from GE Capital in June of 1998.

During his seasoned career, Barry received numerous management and CEO awards from the corporations in which he served, including GE and GE Capital. Additionally, he served in a variety of volunteer advisory roles within public and private sectors, including serving as Economic Development Advisor to Governor John Rowland in 1998 and to Governor Lowell Weicker in 1993.

Barry resided in Trumbull for nearly 40 years with his wife, Constance, who predeceased him in 1996 and with whom he had three loving children and grandchildren who survive him: His son, Stephen and his wife, Deborah, of Trumbull, and their children Tony, Amanda, Chris, Katie and Zack; his daughter, Suzanne Volante, residing in Austin, Texas; and daughter Valerie Nichol, residing in Austin, Texas, stepmother to James, and mother to Joseph, Timothy and Julia.

Barry later remarried and moved to Washington Depot, CT in 2005, where he had resided with Debra, his devoted wife of 14 years. In 2006, Barry was instrumental in helping to form what became the Washington Depot Council of the Knights of Columbus, where he served as Grand Knight during its initial two years and then later served as Trustee. Barry was an active member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Washington Depot where he was a member of the church choir and where he also served on the parish counsel for a number of years.

After retirement, Barry pursued his love of American history and, at the age of 77, attained his Master’s Degree in American History/Constitutional History from Western Connecticut State College in Danbury, CT.

He cherished his time with family and friends and in making people laugh. Among his many interests, some of which included listening to oldies and classical music, he enjoyed traveling with his wife Debra and touring grand gardens and estates. Barry was also an avid landscaper and took great pride and joy in creating scenic beauty at his home in Washington Depot.

The wake will be held at the Cyril F. Mullins Funeral Home, 399 White Plains Road in Trumbull, CT this Friday, Jan. 24th from the hours of 4-7 pm. A funeral mass will be held the following day on Saturday, Jan. 25th at 9:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish at 34 Greenhill Road (Route 47) in Washington Depot, CT. Burial to follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery Trumbull, CT 06611.

Donations to Barry’s memory may be made to the Washington, CT Knights of Columbus (Council #14318) or to the St. Jude Children’s Children’s Hospital PO Box 1000 Memphis, TN. 38148.

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