Anthony Mario Gurliacci, 88, died Wednesday, May 13, with his wife Shirley (nee Brown), holding his hand. Born on May, 4, 1927 in Bridgeport to Luigi and Concetta (nee D'Urso) Gurliacci, he was raised on the West Side in Stamford and lived most of his life in Darien.

After graduating from Stamford High School in 1945, Mr. Gurliacci enlisted as a paratrooper in the U.S. Army 11th Airborne Division and served in Japan as part of the occupation.

After the war he worked at Perkin-Elmer Corp., for four decades, mostly servicing scientific instruments, at times traveling across the United States and the world. Mr. Gurliacci later supervised a manufacturing team for the company in Norwalk. In the 1990's he went to work for Buck Scientific in Norwalk, where he was a sales representative until retiring in 2012.

In 1958, he married Shirley (nee Brown). They moved from Stamford to Darien in 1963, then to Medfield, Mass. in 1967, and back to Darien from 1977 to 2013.

In addition to his wife of 57 years, he leaves his son, David Gurliacci; his daughter Lisa Gurliacci Rubinstein and her husband Yoav of Tel Aviv, Israel; his son Mark Gurliacci and his wife Ingrid of Wilton; and John P. Gurliacci, a cousin who lived with the family.

He is survived by a sister, Ida Taliercio of Groton; two grandchildren, Michael and Allison Gurliacci of Wilton; and many nieces and nephews.

He is predeceased by his twin brother, Frank, and a sister, Pauline, both of whom died in childhood; and by brothers Domenick and Armando; and by his sister, Olga Harris-Sage.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, May 18, at St. John Church, 1986 Post Road, Darien. Burial will follow at Spring Grove Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to: the National Parkinson Foundation, Gift Processing Center, P.O. Box 5081, Hagerstown, MD 21741 or to St. John Church.