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Domenico Cavalieri, 85

Domenico Cavalieri, a well known tailor in Westport for more than two decades, died May 18 in his hometown in Italy. He was 85. Image
Domenico Cavalieri: former Westport tailor. Contributed photo

Born in Lamezia, Terme (Nicastro, Catanzaro) in Calabria, Italy, he was a son of the late Pasquale and Caterina Rondello Cavalieri.

He immigrated to the United States in 1957 and was a master tailor who owned his own business, Domenico the Tailor, in Westport from 1967 until his retirement in 1983 at age 50.

Shortly after his retirement, he moved back to his hometown in Italy.

He was a skilled craftsman with a real passion for the art of tailoring. Known as Il Mastro by those who knew him best, he made/altered clothing for many clients including Westporters Paul Newman, Bette Davis, and many others.

In April 1998, the Connecticut-Westchester Tailors Association awarded him the outstanding achievement award as a true professional and a great man. He was also a die-hard Juventus soccer fan, who never ever missed a game but also loved spending time with his family and his many friends.

Survivors in addition to his wife of 59 years, Maria Grazia Dattilo Cavalieri, include three children and their spouses; Pasquale Cavalieri (Donna) of Danbury; Caterina Cenatiempo (Steve Jr.) of Norwalk, and Anna Falbo (Michelangelo) of London, England, two brothers, predeceased by a brother Antonio Cavalieri of Torino, Italy and Pasquale Cavalieri of Nicastro, Catanzaro; six grandchildren, Stephen, Brandon, Domenico of Norwalk, Maria-Christina, Elizabeth, and Lilliana of London, England; and one great-grandson, Oliver Taft Cenatiempo of Norwalk.

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