Shelton aldermen remember former colleague with moment of silence

The Shelton Board of Aldermen had a moment of silence at the start of its Sept. 11 meeting to remember and honor former aldermanic President Joseph Lanzi.

Lanzi died on Aug. 29 at age 85. He served as an alderman during most times from the late 1980s until 2007, being elected from the Second Ward that includes downtown Shelton.

He also was well known for operating Lanzi’s Market — a small meat market and grocery store in central Shelton — and for his involvement at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church on Coram Avenue.

'He wasn't political'

Jack Finn, the city’s longest serving alderman, said he had known Lanzi since being a teenager. Later, as an adult, Finn recalled how kindly Lanzi would treat his disabled daughter during visits to his store.

He said Lanzi always put people and the city ahead of politics. “He wasn’t political,” said Finn, who served with Lanzi for many years.

Also at the meeting, another moment of silence took place “on behalf of those who lost their lives and those who were forever scarred by the traffic events of Sept. 11, 2001,” according to the agenda.