Barbara Eliza (Damato) Firisin passed away peacefully in her home in Stratford on Saturday, June 24 at the age of 83. Barbara was born in New Haven to William and Nancy Damato. She met her beloved husband, the late Paul Firisin, at a dance at the Inn at Longshore in 1968. Paul bought their home in Easton in the 1950s, and Barbara joined him there when they were married in 1970. They dearly loved raising their family in a small New England town. Barbara especially loved trips to the Easton Library, those she knew through Notre Dame Church and the schools, the historic landmarks, and the beauty of the farms and landscape. Her grandchildren, Drew and Piper Chieda, reside in Easton, and Barbara was a beloved presence at their school activities and celebrations.
Barbara attended Sacred Heart Academy and Albertus Magnus College. She earned her MSW from Smith College, and enjoyed many adventures traveling abroad and skiing in Europe and Vermont. Barbara is remembered for her many years of care for children and families as a social worker for Trumbull Schools. After retiring as the Director of the Trumbull Preschool, Barbara moved to Stratford. She followed her love of history and became an active volunteer serving on the Board of Directors of the Stratford Historic Society.
Barbara’s greatest happiness was found with family and friends. Barbara cherished every moment of being a grandma to her grandchildren, Piper and Drew. She is also survived by her daughter Jenny and her husband Drew Chieda of Easton, her daughter Dr. Katy Firisin of Stratford, her brothers and their wives, Ken and Kathy Damato and William and Ellen Damato, sister-in-law Lois Firisin, and many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends.
Those who knew and loved her are invited to attend mass on Thursday, June 29, at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Grace Parish in Stratford. Internment will follow at Aspetuck Cemetery in Easton. Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday, June 28 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Abriola Funeral Home, 419 White Plains Road, Trumbull, CT, 06611. All are invited to wear summer colors in celebration of Barbara’s beautiful life. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Stratford Historical Society, 967 Academy Hill, Stratford, CT, 06615. For online condolences visit abriola.com.