Rudolph Testa of Stratford died March 31, 2010, in Bridgeport Hospital, after a brief illness.

He was born in Fitchburg, Mass., on March 4, 1926, to Nunzio and Adeline (Giacomozzi) Testa.

In his very early years, he was an avid speed skater and won the New England Outdoor Speed Skating Championship from 1940 to1942. Before graduating high school, he served in the U.S> Navy during World War II, from 1943 to 1946, on the USS Flint. After the war, he returned to Fitchburg High and graduated in 1947.

He met his wife, Anita (Lemay) Testa, in 1949 and they married in 1953, and had three children. Testa was a very accomplished businessman within the tool and die industry, starting in 1948 at Great American Plastics in Fitchburg, Mass. He then progressed into industrial engineering and sales and worked at several companies, including True Trace, Bridgeport Machines and Sajo. He then took on an international sales district manager role for Swedish Machine Group, and later retired in 1992.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Anita; his children, Bonnie Molloy and husband, Edward of Fairfield, Lisa Testa of Milford, Michelle Riley and husband, John of Fairfield; and his grandchildren, Sean Molloy, Steven and Leanne Kotton, Quinn Riley; and many other close relatives and friends.

Friends are invited to attend the funeral on Saturday, April 3, at 10 a.m. in St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 1719 Post Road, Fairfield. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family. Friends may call today, April 2, from 3 to 7 p.m. in the Parente-Lauro Funeral Home, 559 Washington Ave., Bridgeport.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations may be made to Hospice Care at Bridgeport Hospital, 267 Grand St., Bridgeport CT 06610.

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