The Izzo Family Says “Thank You”

Joe Izzo asked “06880” to pass this message on to the Westport community his father — former selectman, RTM member and all-around great guy, John Izzo — loved so well:

To the people of Westport, and Fairfield County:

On Tuesday, March 17, we had a wake for my father, Johnny Izzo. My mother said to me on the way to there, “I hope a lot of people come.” I said I believe they will.

Little did we know how many people would be there. When I found out the line was 20 minutes long, then 35 minutes, then 40, 50 minutes and over an hour — that people were willing to endure that for my father and our family — I was stunned. I also know there were a lot pf people who could not get in.

John Izzo

John Izzo

There were people from all areas: friends, relatives, political acquaintances, friends of friends, family of friends, and on and on. I tried to thank as many people as I could.

Whenever I felt like sitting, I thought of all of you standing for an hour. It gave me strength to stand with you.

All the stories from the different people who came were amazing.

My nephew Nolan’s friends from his team said, we have to be there for Nolan and his Poopa. These guys are 12 years old. They got dressed up and acted like gentlemen. I was very impressed.

There was a couple who that morning had a funeral for her mother. They came to the wake with her father. I was floored. I don’t know if I could have done that.

My immediate family of cousins, aunts and uncles were with my mother, brother and I every night of the week. Friends brought all kinds of food.

In a world where we are all rushed, and sometimes angry with all kinds of differences, it was wonderful to see such an outpouring of support from the community. My family and I appreciate it all. Thank you from the Izzo Family.

7 responses to “The Izzo Family Says “Thank You”

  1. pambarkentin

    We would have liked to have been there, but instead send our most heartfelt sympathies to the whole Izzo family. We are in Washington state where Jackson is recovering from knee surgery.
    Pam Barkentin Blackburn, Jackson Blackburn, and Katy Blackburn.

  2. Barbara Sherburne '67

    I do not know the Izzo family, but I have to say Joe Izzo’s letter brought tears to my eyes. Extremely well written and from the heart. John sounds like he was a great man indeed. Farewell.

  3. A beautiful Family, the Izzo’s. Blessings to you all during this difficult time. You’ve always been there for us; we wish to do the same.
    Fondly, The Feliciano Family

  4. Sharon Paulsen

    I knew the Izzo’s from my days working downtown at Quick Copy, and later Quality Printing over on Richmondville (conveniently located right near Crossroads, where we frequently shopped for all kinds of “must have” items for the biz)!
    This was a wonderful post. So glad to hear about the love and support by all who went to the wake. I couldn’t attend, but I am moved nonetheless!
    Wishing nothing but the best for Johnny Izzo’s survivors.

  5. My sympathies to Joan and all of the Izzo family. My prayers to all during this difficult time. Lynn Cleary Dixon. ( Terry’ s wife).

  6. I know some of the Izzo family from here in Norwalk Just talked to the sister in law and gave my condolences. I wish the rest of the Izzo family my sympathies.
    Wendy Cusick

  7. sheila reardon

    I was so sad to hear about John’ passing. He will b sorely missed at our next Staples reunion, Johnny Izzo was one hell of a guy! xo Sheila Reardon