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Hugo Greco of Bethel has died at the age of 81.  He passed away Sunday March 30th at Danbury Hospital.


Greco, a native born Italian, created a family business and trained his sons in the multitude of metalworking and finishing skills.  They own and operate Greco Industries.  According to the company website, Hugo is regarded as a master of bronze patina work. He had to apply, or create, more than forty patina formulae for the prestigious Society of Medallists, a series of art medals created by the Medallic Art Co., in the time he headed up their finishing department.


Greco celebrated his fiftieth year in the field in 2005.  Their new plant is located in the Francis J. Clark Industrial Park.  It's the third move for Greco Industries since its founding in 1986.  The firm's client list is an impressive who's who of renowned organizations.


Greco Industries has worked with the National Collegiate Athletic Association for nearly 20 years, creating trophies and medals for the athletes of America's collegiate competitions. "The NCAA National Championship Trophy that has been held aloft by the winning teams has been proudly crafted by the firm."  A recent production is the Carnegie Hero Fund Medal, an award that the organization bestows to civilians across America and Canada for acts of lifesaving, heroism and bravery. "Greco Industries is proud to produce these medals for the Carnegie Foundation as it enters its second century of honoring ordinary people doing extra-ordinary acts in the preservation of human life."


Greco also served on the Bethel Police Commission.


In addition to his wife Martha, he is survived by two sons, two daughters, two sisters, 10 grandchildren as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.


Donations in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.


The family will receive friends at the Bethel Funeral Home, 215 Greenwood Avenue Wednesday afternoon from 1pm to 3pm and in the evening from 6pm to 8pm.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Mary’s Church, Bethel, Thursday at 10am. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery.

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