Bridgewater-Henry J. Paparazzo, 93, of Tappen Road died peacefully on Tuesday, October 19 in his home, surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Jeanne (Renzulli) Paparazzo. Henry was born June 14, 1928 in New Haven, CT , a son of the late Louis and Maria (Alff) Paparazzo.
He grew up in Waterbury, raised by his parents who immigrated to the United States after World War I from Italy and Germany respectively. Henry served in the United States Army as a paratrooper, stationed in Japan. He attended Indiana University, where he earned a degree in Geology.
He worked in construction in Connecticut and then moved his family to California where he worked for Hughes Aircraft for five years. After returning in 1962 to join his brothers in starting a business in building homes and apartments, an opportunity arose to purchase a large parcel of land in Southbury and Heritage Village was born. The brothers worked with architects from California designing the first condominiums on the East Coast. Henry worked with the State of Connecticut to establish regulations for this new innovative lifestyle.
His goal was to preserve the landscape while providing a community with privacy, building a village that would blend in with the land and enhance the look of the natural environment. The Heritage Development Group was founded under Henry’s leadership. It received many prestigious awards for it’s excellence. Henry served as a trustee to the Urban Land Institute. Of all his awards, he was most proud of being elected and receiving their highest honor as a life trustee; acknowledging his innovation in “ planning, developing and use of land”.
With the success of Heritage Village, Henry moved to Somers, NY where he developed Heritage Hills and several other projects.
A dedicated family man, Henry loved passing down his family recipes, his favorite being his famous meatballs. He was an avid gardener and skier, but his true passion was adventure travel and photography with his wife, which took them to all seven continents. Some excursions included whitewater rafting in places like the Grand Canyon, Chile, Siberia and more. Many of these trips included his daughters and their families.
Besides his wife of 47 years, he is survived by his two daughters, Laura Henne and her husband Bill of Woodbury, Candee Kilian and husband Mike of Bridgewater, grandchildren Eric Jones and wife Emily of Bethlehem, Tucker Henne and wife Katie of Williston ,VT, Rachael Henne and fiance Drew Switz of South Royalton, VT, Elysia Haas and husband Greg of Newtown, Chelsea Church and husband Daniel of Mill Valley, CA, Taylor Kilian and wife Rebeccah of San Francisco, CA , six great grandchildren, Keller Jones, Isla Jones, Kayden Haas, Tobin Haas, Lillian Church, Henry Church and his beloved dog Kiwi. He was predeceased by his siblings, Eleanor Beard, Louis, Joseph, Otto, and Frank Paparazzo.
A private burial will be held in the South Cemetery, Bridgewater, CT. A memorial service and reception will be held Saturday October 23, 2021 at 11 am at the Heritage Hotel, 522 Heritage Road in Southbury. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Juvenile Diabetes Fund, 200 Vesey Street, 28th Floor New York, NY 10281. To send an online condolence, please visit www.munsonloveterefuneralhome.com
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