Funeral services at St. Anthony of Padua Church and burial at St. Bernard Cemetery in Fitchburg were held privately on January 25.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial contribution in Bruno’s name to St. Anthony of Padua Church, 84 Salem St., Fitchburg MA 01420.
We mourn yet celebrate the well-lived life of Bruno Bizzotto, 95, who passed away peacefully at home on January 21, 2021 with his son and daughter-in-law by his side. He was born on the family farm in Belvedere di Tezze sul Brenta (Vicenza) Italy on May 8, 1925 to the late Alberto Bizzotto and Ida Simeoni.
He is survived by his second wife of 23 years Evelyn (Pandiscio) (Delorme) Bizzotto of Leominster; his son Robert “Bob” Bizzotto and wife Julia Tristan of Leominster, their children and his grandchildren Sarah Bizzotto and Robert “Rob” Bizzotto; his daughter Bruna Bizzotto and husband Rick LePage of East Helena, Montana; his stepdaughter Karen Gallant and husband Emery of Belchertown; his brother Adriano Bizzotto and wife Pierina of Belvedere, Italy; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, most of whom reside in the vicinity of Bassano del Grappa and Cittadella in Italy. Bruno was predeceased by his first wife of 40 years Rosina “Rosie” Parolin in 1991 and by siblings Vittoria in 1960, Giovanni in 2014, Francesco in 2018, and Lucia in 2020.
After Bruno married his first wife Rosie in Belvedere in May 1950, Rosie returned ahead of her new husband to her birthplace of Fitchburg. Bruno reunited with her when he immigrated to the United States in April 1951 to escape the poor post-war economic conditions in Italy and pursuethe American dream. The primary asset he brought with him was his strong work ethic, which contributed greatly to his fulfillment of that dream. Under the tutelage of Margaret Kielty in night school, he learned English and proudly became a naturalized American citizen in 1958. Bruno remained in Fitchburg until moving to his son’s home in Leominster in 2019.
Bruno’s first job was at the Fitchburg Foundry. He moved on to become a plasterer and then spent 10 years as a union laborer (under Massachusetts Laborers Local 42) on various construction jobs. Tired of tending to the union bricklayers on those jobs, he decided to become onehimself, and taught himself the craft. He was accepted into the Bricklayers union (under Massachusetts Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Local 39) as a fully-qualified mason without having to undergo an apprenticeship. He retired as a union bricklayer in 1987.
His proficiency extended beyond brick work and masonry to include tile work, building stone walls and chimneys, finishing concrete floors (“Keep ‘um pour”), and plastering walls and ceilings. Examples of his handiwork can be seen at The Mall at Whitney Field in Leominster, Wallace Tower in Fitchburg, several area schools and banks, and his son’s house. He was a jack-of-all-trades who could creatively solve almost any problem, with his skills also extending to electrical, plumbing, carpentry, roofing, painting, and landscaping. Even in retirement his skills remained in high demand.
Bruno enjoyed staying active and could often be seen walking around Coolidge Park or riding his bicycle around the neighborhood. He was a talented gardener who grew the tastiest tomatoes. He also became an excellent cook; his Italian culinary creations of lasagna, risotto, sauce, soup, and crostoli, and his grilled meats and vegetables were delicious and reminiscent of the old country. In the early 1960’s, he even made his own wine. But nothing was more important to Bruno than his family; he especially treasured his grandchildren. He rarely missed attending their sports and school activities, and relished spending time with them. Their nonno was a beloved and inspirational presence in their lives.
Bruno was a friend to many, frequently encountering someone he knew wherever he went. He was easygoing, dependable, trustworthy, and always inclined to lend a helping hand. He was a 60-year parishioner at St.Anthony of Padua Church in Fitchburg where he served as an usher, and was a member and officer of the Carlo Alberto Society. He particularly enjoyed his many trips to visit family in Italy, and would return with new cooking ideas. He was also a fan of all the Boston pro sports teams.
Bruno’s family thanks the dedicated nurses and staff from HealthAlliance Home Health and Hospice for their exceptional care over the past year, especially Vanessa.
He will be remembered with love and greatly missed…Ciao, Nonno.