John R. Tramontano, 78

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John R. Tramontano, 78

GILFORD — John R. Tramontano, 78, a resident of Gilford, died peacefully at his home, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, following a sudden illness.

John was born in New Haven, Conn., July 8, 1937, son of the late, Valentino and Anna (Langella) Tramontano.

After graduating from Hamden High School in 1956, John served with the Army Reserve and was discharged honorably from active duty in 1958 as specialist 4th class.

He went on to spend the next 34 years with the Hamden Fire Department. In that time, his accomplishments were astounding, as he he worked his way up the ranks as a lieutenant, a certified paramedic, a training officer, working with the mountain rescue team, and finally becoming chief, serving in this capacity for nine years prior to his retirement in 1993.

John's retirement didn't mean that he'd stop working. He and his late wife, Tracy Ann, were instrumental with the formation of the adaptive ski program at Gunstock Mountain for the disabled, and he became a pilot with the Hawk Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol of Gilford. John was also a skilled carpenter, and spent many years remodeling his Gilford home, making it the perfect place to entertain. That is exactly what John loved to do. He was always the life of the party, and enjoyed taking his boat out on Lake Winnipesaukee to meet up with friends.

In addition to his parents, John was predeceased by his wife of 14 years, Tracy Ann (Marrapese) Tramontano who died in June 2013.

He leaves his daughter, Tara Tramontano Dosado of Columbia, S.C.; sons, Valentino Tramontano of Brockton, Mass., and Michael Tramontano of Canton, Ga.; eight grandchildren, two step-grandchildren; his sister, Frances Castricone of Hamden, Conn., many nieces, nephews, cousins, and countless friends that knew John as "Chief" or "Papa Shred."

There will be a memorial service at the Hamden Town Hall, in Hamden, Conn., this Saturday, Sept. 19, at 10 a.m. Services in New Hampshire will follow at a later date.

John will be interred with his wife, Tracy, in the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the needs of the family at http://www.gofundme.com/sd4nfz9w