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New Stone Commemorates A Forefather

New Stone Commemorates A Forefather

Todd Sasso, East Side Cemetery superintendent, has been repairing and replacing historic headstones in the cemetery.  He is shown with a stone for Lent Sperry, who died November 23, 1823, and whose stone had been damaged and lost over time.

The location for the replacement stone was determined by using the Hale and Baldwin records for the East Side cemetery.  Sasso sourced the bluestone for the replacement from a construction site on Hancock Avenue in Bridgeport.  It was to be removed and discarded during the reconstruction of the old Columbia Phonograph Co. into Cherry Street Loft Apartments.

John Nolan of Nolan Monuments in Hamden did the engraving.  The whole project was funded and donated by Stephanie Ciarleglio and Todd Sasso.  The new stone was installed in the cemetery on March 12.  Sasso also re-installed a few other stones in need of repair.

Todd Sasso and Stephanie Ciarleglio visit the gravesite of Lent Sperry, one of the earliest Woodbridge residents, at East Side Cemetery

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