Vidas Melninkaitis, 72, of Wolcott, beloved husband of Jolanta Melninkaitis, passed away peacefully on June 17, 2022.
Vidas was born on December 15, 1949, in Waterbury, CT to the late Bronius and Eugenija Melninkaitis. Vidas proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps from 1967 to 1973. While on duty, Vidas received three purple hearts. He was a longtime employee of the Borough of Naugatuck, working in the maintenance division of the Police Department. He became a dispatcher for Naugatuck Fire Department, and retired in 2013. Vidas was an active member of the Naugatuck Fire Fighters Local 1219.
In addition to his loving wife, Jolanta, Vidas leaves behind his sister Jeanne Melninkaitis-Mueller; and his brothers; Al (Sandy) Melninkaitis, Tom (Nerija) Melninkaitis, and Bruno (Doneshia) Melninkaitis. He will also be missed by his many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Vidas was predeceased by his brother Raymond (Eve) Melninkaitis.
Vidas was loved by anyone who met him. His charm and humor made the world better place.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, June 24, 2022 at 10 a.m. at St. Bridget of Sweden Parish/St. Bridget Church, 175 Main St., Cheshire, CT. Friends are asked to meet directly at church. Burial will be held at the convenience of his family. The Alderson-Ford Funeral Home of Cheshire is assisting with arrangements. Memorial contributions can be made to the Naugatuck Fire Fighters Local 1219.