NORWALK, Conn. – Louis Cundari Sr. of Norwalk died Feb. 17 at Greenwich Woods Health Care Center, after a prolonged battle with Alzheimer's disease. He was 70.
He was born May 28, 1942, in Norwalk to Rocco Cundari Sr. and Teresa Violi Cundari. He attended Norwalk schools.
Cundari had a passion for sports and was honored by the Norwalk Old Timers Athletic Association in 2005 for his leadership as a coach, manager, Cap League coordinator and league president.
He was married for 50 years to Susan Murphy Cundari. He was one of the organizers of the "Kinlock Tournament." He also coached a girls softball team in Westport.
In his earlier years, he played Little League baseball and was with an Elks team that won three straight Little League championships. As he grew older, he became known on the mound as "Louie the Riser" for the way his ball moved, his family said.
Cundari then pitched for various fast-pitch softball teams. He also bowled for many years and enjoyed golf, and could often be found at Oak Hills Park Golf Club.
He was a past member of the South Norwalk Boat Club, until his illness. He was also a lifetime member of the Ferris Hill Club. He worked as a truck driver, limo driver and, most recently, for the Norwalk Board of Education.
Cundari is survived by his wife; a son, Louis (Suzanna) Cundari Jr., of Norwalk; three brothers, Dominic A. Cundari and James V. Cundari, both of Norwalk, and Charles N. Cundari, of Bethel; two sisters, Theresa Cundari Burnham and Virginia Cundari Falcone, both of Norwalk; two grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by a brother, Rocco Cundari Jr.; and four sisters, Frances Cundari Piro, Anna Cundari Gamberdella, Mary Cundari Martin and Margaret Cundari Howald.
Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Collins Funeral Home in Norwalk. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Friday at St. Mary’s Church in Norwalk. Burial will follow immediately at St. John Cemetery in Norwalk.
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