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Kelly Romaniello, 52; Star Baseball Player, Coach; Operated Family Business Ada's Variety Shop

Calling hours are scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 16, with the funeral to be held on Friday, Jan. 17.


Kelly Paul Romaniello, who operated Ada's Variety in Riverside, passed away peacefully on Monday, Jan. 13, 2014. He was 52.

He was born in Greenwich, on Nov. 9, 1961, a son of the late Lillian Cantavero and Canio Romaniello.

Mr. Romaniello was a graduate of Greenwich High School where he was a star baseball player. He continued his stellar baseball career at Housatonic Community College as the designated hitter and first baseman. After graduating, he continued to play baseball and shared his passion for the game through coaching for the youth in this area.

A strong, quiet man, Kelly was a devoted brother and friend; he dedicated his life to the service of others and always put others before himself. Mr. Romaniello enjoyed spending his spare time with his family and his many friends, who he considered his family. He carried on the local family tradition at Ada’s Variety Shop in Riverside where many generations stopped for their daily papers and candy fix.

He is survived by his sisters, Rosemary and Sandra, his brothers Don and Ron, and their wives Patti, and Debby. He is also survived by seven nieces and nephews: Donald, Amanda, Caitlin, Alison, Victoria, Mac, and Samantha.

Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 16 at Castiglione Funeral Home, 134 Hamilton Ave., Greenwich. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 17, at St. Catherine of Siena Church in Riverside. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Greenwich.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. 

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