Obituaries: Dr. Vittorio Mirabelli

Dr.  Vittorio Mirabelli, 88, left this world on July 7 and entered into the eternal peace he sought with his loving family by his side at his home just 21 days short of his 89th birthday.  Born on July 28, 1927, in the village of San Tomaso, Calabria, Italy, as was a son of the late Antonio Mirabelli and Rosina (Cardamone) Mirabelli, both deceased. Dr. Mirabelli came to the United States in 1955 and arrived in New York City aboard the Andrea Doria after earning his medical degree at the University of Padua. He began his career as an intern at Woonsocket Hospital in Rhode Island and continued with his internship work at St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester, Mass., St. Mary Hospital in Waterbury, Conn., and Cedar Crest Hospital in Newington, Conn. Dr. Mirabelli arrived at the Bristol Hospital in 1956 where he remained until he retired in 2006 and nurtured a private practice in internal medicine.  Throughout his career, he cared for his many patients with skill, kindness and compassion.  He was beloved by those patients and was respected and admired by colleagues for his humanity and dedication to the profession he loved and to which he dedicated his life.  He was also well known for his work as an assistant state medical examiner. Dr. Mirabelli was a member of the American Medical Association, the Hartford County Medical Association and the American Thoracic Society.  He enjoyed the yearly trips he took to Italy with his wife and especially the ones on which he took his grandchildren.  He loved growing a vegetable garden, making his own wine, relaxing by his pool, celebrations with his family and rum cake. Dr. Mirabelli is survived by his devoted wife of 62 years, Alba (Barberio) Mirabelli, who he met when he was 18 years old and she was 15; his three loving children, Marcello Mirabelli, and his fiancé, Tammy Willson, of Vineland, NJ;  a daughter, Manon Mirabelli, of Westfield, MA;  and another son, Manrico Mirabelli, and his wife, Barbara (McElroy) Mirabelli, of Arnold, MD.  Dr. Mirabelli leaves behind five grandchildren whom he adored;  Bianca Mirabelli, Melina Mirabelli, Daniel Driscoll, Julianna Driscoll, and Franceso Mirabelli;  two brothers, Antonio Mirabelli, of Wethersfield, CT, and Michael Mirabelli, of Hartford; two sisters, Flora (Mirabelli) Rovella, of West Hartford, CT, and Fernanda (Mirabelli) Caliguiri, of Toronto, Canada;  a Godson, Anthony Mirabelli, and his wife, Bonnie, of Higganum, CT, as well as many nieces and nephews who affectionately referred to him as “Uncle Doc. He was predeceased by a sister, Ida (Mirabelli) Dellarippa, of Hartford, CT. A mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Joseph’s Church, 33 Queen St., Bristol, CT on Wed., July 13 at 11 a.m. Calling hours will be held at DuPont Funeral Home, 25 Bellevue Ave., Bristol, CT, on Tues., July 12 from 4 until 7 p.m. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bristol Hospital Home Care and Hospice, 222 Main St., Bristol, Conn. 06010. Family and friends may leave a condolence message by visiting