Joseph Anthony Bruno Sr., lifelong Darien resident, died Friday, Feb. 18, with his family by his side, at his home in Darien after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 83.

Born Feb. 16, 1928, he was the son of James and Rose Bruno. Mr. Bruno graduated from Darien High School class of 1946 with his high school sweetheart and future wife, Barbara Ann Punzelt. They married in 1949 at St. John's Church in Darien.

After graduating high school, Mr. Bruno served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Italy. In 1947, he started the successful family business now known as Bruno Construction Co.

Mr. Bruno was a talented athlete and avid golfer; positioned as the captain of the Darien High School football team and player on the school's baseball team, and was a member of the Shorehaven Golf Club for 38 years where he served on the board of directors.

Mr. Bruno was a member and regular attendee of St. Thomas More Church in Darien.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Barbara; three sisters Rose Papp, Mary Fraccola and Tessie Sniffen; four children, Joseph Jr. and his wife Gretchen, Deborah Goyette and her husband Henry, Jeffrey and his wife Susan, and David and his wife Donna; 11 grandchildren, Clinton Goyette and his wife Kathy, Melissa O'Brien, Jessica McGarvey and her husband Brian, Matthew, Emily, Stephanie, Michael, William, Christopher, Alexander and Nicholas; two great-grandchildren Julia and Tyler O'Brien; and his two loyal dogs Kadie and Georgia.

A funeral Mass will be held in his honor on Friday, Feb. 25, at 10 a.m. at St. John's Church, 1986 Post Road in Darien, with a private burial.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Darien EMS -- Post 53, P.O. Box 2066, Darien, CT 06820.

Edward Lawrence Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.