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Thursday, February 01, 2007

Longtime Westporter William F. Cribari Dies at 88

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William F. (Crobar) Cribari: lifelong Saugauck resident. WN file photo
William F. (Crobar) Cribari, a longtime Westport resident known to many commuters as the man who directed traffic in Saugatuck for many years, died Tuesday at West Haven Veterans Hospital. He was 88.

A life member of the Saugatuck Volunteer Fire Department, Cribari was a special police officer for Westport for more than 30 years.

For many of those years he could be seen walking Main Street every Saturday and directing commuter traffic at the intersection of Riverside and Saugatuck Avenues.

When a traffic light was installed at that intersection, he moved to the intersection of Riverside Avenue and Bridge Street where he directed traffic until retiring a few years ago.

Born at home in Saugatuck on Aug. 16, 1918, he was the son of the late Francesco and Mary (Serena).

Cribari was was employed by Nash Engineering as a tool crib operator.

A member of the Knights of Columbus Council No. 46, Cribari was also active in the Westport Police Athletic League.

One of his passions was music and in the 1930s at the age of 12 he joined the Saugatuck Volunteer Fire Department band as a snare drummer.

During the late 1960s he served as the drum major for both the Nash Engineering band and the Port Chester American Legion band where he held the title of drum major emeritus.WestportNow.com Image
On the job: Bill Cribari directs traffic in Westport. Contributed photo

Cribari and his wife Olga were honored as the 2003 grand marshals of the Festival Italiano parade in Westport.

During World War II, Cribari served in the US Army 17th Engineering Battalion under Gen. George S. Patton taking part in three invasions—Normandy, Sicily and North Africa. He also served in the Battle of the Bulge. Cribari was awarded seven battle ribbons.

Survivors in addition to his wife of 56 years include one daughter, Sharon A. Saccary and her husband Pee Wee of Norwalk; two sons, William F. Cribari Jr, and his wife Susan of Bethel; Edward Cribari and his wife Toni of Westport, one son-in-law Thomas P. Kiernan of Danbury, and four grandchildren, Jesse and Justin Cribari, Stephanie Cribari and Stacey Saccary He was predeceased by one daughter, Sandra E. Cribari-Kiernan, one son, Thomas “Tucker” Cribari and two granddaughters, Tara and Chitra Buchman.

The family wiill receive friends in the Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road East, on Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The funeral will lake place Saturday at 10:30 a.m. from the funeral home and 11 a.m. in Assumption Cemetery, Kings Highway North, for a graveside service with full military honors.

Contributions may be made to West Haven Veterans Hospital, Voluntary Service, 950 Campbell Ave., West Haven, CT 06516.


Posted 02/01/07 at 12:21 PM


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Bill Cribari generated a positive, upbeat feeling, a sense of openness and kindness, and generosity of spirit, that was contagious.  My family and I always enjoyed seeing and greeting him at “his” corner across from the Bridge Street Bridge and from time to time on Main Street.  He gave everything he could to our community, and also to our country in an hour of need.

He will surely be remembered and missed by many people whose lives he touched.

Posted by Judy Starr on February 01, 2007 at 09:34 PM | #

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