Born in West Orange, New Jersey, he was the son of Joseph and Anna Terminiello.
He graduated from West Orange High School in New Jersey and attended the Newark School of Engineering. He had an extensive professional career, including: positions as Testing Supervisor for the Ediphone Division of the Thomas A. Edison Company; Assistant engineer at Kearfott, where he helped develop aircraft directional guidance systems; co-owner of the Miller and Van Winkle Spring Company; International Wire Corporation, where he worked as an industrial engineer; BASF, as a field service engineer in the manufacture of expanded polystyrene, for which he obtained patents; the Eaton Corporation in Bethel, Connecticut as a manufacturing engineer, for which he also received patents; and finally, Connecticut Microwave in Cheshire, Connecticut, where he was instrumental in helping the company achieve ISO 9000 certification.
He has served on the City of Cheshire Public Buildings Commission, the Registrars of Voters Association of Connecticut, the American Legion Post #72 in Southington, and countless other community services throughout his tenure. life. His lifelong passion was model railroading and was a tireless advocate of locomotives and the use of rail. endowed with a tirelessly curious and enthusiastic technical mind, he was a genius in mechanical and electrical engineering. He served with the United States Marines during the Korean War, playing an instrumental role in the First Marine Division’s psychological warfare program; he received several commendations and was honorably discharged with the rank of sergeant.
He is survived by his daughter, Cynthia Fritjofson and son-in-law, Erik Fritjofson of Hendersonville, Tennessee; his grandchildren, Kurt Fritjofson of Dryden, New York, Leslie Fritjofson of Winter Park, Florida, Lauren Fritjofson-Wells and her husband Joshua Wells of Hendersonville, Tennessee, Gregory Fritjofson of Oviedo, Florida and his sister Louise Baab of Summit, New Jersey. He was predeceased by his beloved wife Emma Terminiello.
Family and friends are invited to join the Christian Burial Mass, to be held at St. Aloysius Church, 254 Burritt St., Plantsville on March 19, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. Burial with military honors will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery, Southington. A reception will be held at American Legion Hall (Kiltonic Post #72), 64 Main St., Southington. For online condolences and directions, please visit www.dellavecchiasouthington.com. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a memorial donation to the American Legion Kiltonic Post #72.
Published by The Record-Journal from March 13 to March 14, 2022.