Vincent James Onalfo

Vincent James Onalfo

Thursday, March 23rd, 1939 - Saturday, November 2nd, 2019
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TORRANCE CA – Vincent James “ Jim” Onalfo, age 80, beloved husband, father and grandfather, formerly of Waterbury and Ridgefield CT, passed away peacefully in his sleep on November 2, 2019 with his loving wife of 57 years, Linda Robertson by his side in Torrance CA. Jim was blessed with a long and full life.

Jim was born on March 23, 1939 in Waterbury, the son of the late Charles and Carmella Onalfo. Jim met his wife while at the University of CT. They married and Jim entered the U.S. Army where he proudly served his country as a Captain in Korea. Jim later went on to become an extraordinarily successful business executive. He spent more than 29 years with General Foods and Kraft, ultimately serving as CIO of Kraft Foods, and eventually CIO of Stanley Works. But Jim was most proud of his accomplishments modernizing police technology systems for the post 911 digital age, and served more than 10 years as Deputy Commissioner of Technology and Systems Development at the NYPD; serving for the people of New York City and the request of his Honor, Michael Bloomberg, Mayor Ciyt of NY and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. Over his exemplary career, no less than Bill Gates of Microsoft, recognized Jim’s excellence and called him “a legend in the industry”. For more than 30 years, Jim was a tireless youth activist for US Soccer in CT. His efforts earned him a field dedication and named in his honor “Onalfo Field” in his hometown of Ridgefield. Jim was named one of the “Top 5 CIO’s” by “Computerworld” magazine, and “Top 25 CIO Doers” in 2012 by “Government Technology Magazine”. In November 2012, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Port Police for his contributions to law enforcement technologies. He then went on to advise city and government agencies world-wide on cyber security, data protection, facial recognition technology and voice data-mining. He will be greatly missed by all who were blessed to know and love him.

Left to cherish his memory and honor his rich legacy, besides his wife of 57 years are his sons, Clif and Curt and his sister, Annette Quagliano. He was blessed with four grandchildren; Christian, Gabriela, Florentina and Christina. He was predeceased by his sister, Gloria Jackson.

Funeral services for Mr. Onalfo with full police departmental honors will be held on Saturday, November 9, 2019 when a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, 74 West Main St on the green in Waterbury CT at 10:00 a.m..Burial with full military honors will follow in Calvary Cemetery. Relatives and friends may visit with Jim’s family on Friday evening from 5:00 till 7:00 p.m. at Casey’s Eastside Memorial Funeral Home 1987 East Main St @ Southmayd Rd Waterbury CT 06705.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, November 8th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Friday, November 8th, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Casey's Eastside Memorial Funeral Home
    1987 East Main St @ Southmayd Rd
    WATERBURY, CT 06705
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Saturday, November 9th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Saturday, November 9th, 2019 10:00am
    Basilica of the Immaculate Conception
    74 West Main St
    WATERBURY, CT 06702
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rev. James Sullivan


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Betty Fries

Posted at 06:17pm
To the Family of Vincent J. Onalfo, Lt. Shea VFW Auxiliary to VFW Post 201 of Waterbury, Ct. want you to know that your loved one is in our thoughts and prayers. We thank him for his service. Betty Fries, President

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Posted at 07:46pm
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. We will miss him too. Love Cousins, David & Jane Cloney, Ron & Pam Sarasin & children & Diane Matulis
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Ann Marie Apple, Tom, Jim and Rick Onalfo

Posted at 01:43pm
Dear Linda, Curt, Cliff, Annette and your families: Our heartfelt condolences. Jim will be sorely missed. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
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