New Haven Register (New Haven, CT)

Harold J. Proto


Harold J. Proto, affectiona­tely known as Hal, of Wallingfor­d passed away peacefully August 28, 2021 in the Masonic Healthcare Center. He was the husband of the late Lucille Parillo Proto. Born in New Haven on March 12, 1931, son of the late George and Anna Proto Sr., Hal was a proud US Army veteran serving from 19521954. Upon his honorable discharge, he began his career as a letter carrier for the United States Postal Service based at the Wallingfor­d Post Office from 1954-1987. Hal also worked as a waiter for several area restaurant­s for many years. Following his retirement, Hal completed several computer and business courses at Gateway Community College. He was a lover of music, especially Frank Sinatra and enjoyed many years as a member of the Wallingfor­d Senior Center. Beloved father of Raymond Joseph Proto and his wife Kristin, Donna Marie Stanley, Denise Mary McNamara and the late Darlene Ann Proto. Fatherin-law of the late Linda N. Proto. Brother of the late George Jr., Frank, Robert, Christophe­r, and William Proto. Devoted grandfathe­r of Bridgges Stanley, Nicholas Proto, Madison Stanley, Jason Proto, and the late Jessica L. Proto.

Visiting hours will be held Thursday morning from 8:30-9:30 in the Iovanne Funeral Home, Inc., 11 Wooster Place in New Haven. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Michael Church at 10:00. Burial will follow in St. Lawrence Cemetery. Per order of the City of New Haven, masks must be worn by all individual­s for all services. Memorial contributi­ons may be made to a charity of one’s choice. Share a memory and sign Hal’s guest book online at

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