Rudolph John Mantegari, 74, of PittsfieldMore Info
Rudolph John Mantegari, 74, of Velma Avenue, Pittsfield, died Friday, Nov. 2, at Berkshire Medical Center surrounded by his loving wife and family.
He was born Aug. 20, 1944, in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Pompeo and Amelia Delphine Bastianet Mantegari. He attended Lenox schools and was a 1962 graduate of Lenox High School. Rudy enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1963 and was honorably discharged with the rank of Airman First Class in November 1966. He and his wife, Patricia McGee Mantegari, were married May 13, 1967, at St. Ann’s Church.
He was the manager of Caligari Hardware in Lenox for 48 years, retiring in 2015. Prior to that, he had been employed at the former Gregory’s Market and McGee’s Sunoco, both in Lenox. Rudy was dedicated to the community and believed in helping others with an act of kindness each day. He was a member of UNICO for many years and the commissioner of the Pittsfield Municipal Airport Commission for 16 years, earning an achievement of excellence award in 2011. Rudy had a passion for vintage cars and aviation. He was an instrument-rated pilot who enjoyed flying a small aircraft throughout New England. He was also an avid woodworker who loved to spend time in his woodshop creating beautiful furniture and keepsakes for family and friends.
Besides his wife of 51 years, he is also survived by his daughter Laurie Mantegari and husband Mitchell Donahue of Hampton, New Hampshire; son Robert Mantegari and wife Sarah Mantegari of Brentwood, New Hampshire; son Michael Mantegari and wife Kirsten Mantegari of Londonderry, New Hampshire; and his six grandchildren: Quinn Mantegari, Brooke Mantegari, Tess Mantegari, Zachary Mantegari, Abigail Mantegari and Amelia Donahue.
A funeral service was held Nov. 9 at St. Ann’s Church in Lenox. A military burial in recognition of his service followed in St. Ann’s Cemetery. Donations in his memory may be made to Alzheimer’s Association in care of the Roche Funeral Home, 120 Main St., Lenox, MA 01240.