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Louis Pellegrino, 95, Greenwich Nurseryman

Louis Joseph Pellegrino, a lifelong Greenwich resident, died Monday. He was just two months shy of celebrating his 96th birthday.

Pellegrino was born and raised in Cos Cob, the fourth of six children. He married Adel Chiesa in 1940 and the couple lived in Chickahominy until the early 1960s, when they moved to central Greenwich. For the past three decades, Pellegrino at Putnam Hill.

He was a nurseryman, horticulturist, businessman and investor. After graduating from Greenwich High School in 1934, he went to Storrs Agricultural School and returned to start a landscaping business. In 1952 he established Dearfield Drive Nursery, where he was known as “Uncle Louie.” Pellegrino had a gift for sustaining the vitality of plants and enjoyed growing his own stock of trees, shrubs and flowers.

He retired in his early 60s and began spending winters in Florida, where he found time to indulge his lifelong passion for golf.

Survivors include two children, Arleen Zaccagnino and her husband, Angelo, of Greenwich, and Joseph Louis Pellegrino and his wife, Margaret, of Greenwich; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

A Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary’s Church on Greenwich Avenue on Saturday, April 9, at 10 a.m. followed by a private burial. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Boys and Girls Club of Greenwich.

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