Obituary: Michael T. Biondo
Michael T. Biondo, died peacefully on March 23, 2014 in Naples, Florida surrounded by his family. He was a long time Darien CT resident, community leader, retired Corporate Senior Vice President, founding Governor of The Club Pelican Bay, and U.S. Army veteran. He was born in 1928 to the late Thomas and Susan (Battaglia) Biondo and was 85 years old. “Mickey” was known for his passion for life and love of music and the arts. He was a loyal friend to many and gave his time and energy to numerous causes and communities.
Born and raised in New York, NY, Mr. Biondo attended Colgate University and received a B.S., Science from Adelphi University in 1950. He volunteered to serve in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. After his discharge as a First Lieutenant in 1953 he joined the St. Regis Paper Company in New York City where he worked for 31 years and rose to oversee sales and marketing for all of the St. Regis global operations. Mr. Biondo worked to design and promote the development of pioneering uses of plastic and paper plastic laminations. His achievements led to recognition throughout the industry, including his appointment to the Marketing Advisory Board of the Graduate School of Business, Columbia University and a CLIO award for his advertising campaigns. Since his retirement Mr. Biondo served on a number of corporate boards in the U. S. and in other countries.
Active in community affairs, Mr. Biondo was a past President of the Darien Connecticut Historical Society and was Co-Chairman of Darien's Bicentennial Celebration in 1976. He was a member of Woodway Country Club and Ox Ridge Hunt Club and loved all things Connecticut. Since 1985 he spent his summers in New Canaan and resided in Pelican Bay, Naples. There he served on the Executive Committee of the Board of The Bay Colony Community Association and as the President of The Biltmore Association. Mr. Biondo was a Founding Governor and Vice Chairman of The Club Pelican Bay Board and he authored The First Twenty Years, a history of the early years of Pelican Bay and the founding of The Club Pelican Bay, published in June 2000.
One of his most cherished roles was on the Board of AVOW Hospice of Naples where he served in a number of capacities, including Vice Chairman of the Board, and as Chairman of the Bay Colony Hospice Drive. He retired in 2012 and was elected Chairman Emeritus. As a result of his charitable activities, he was honored as Recipient of The Community Foundation's Award of Philanthropist of the Year -Collier County 2011.
Michael was the beloved husband of Harriett Young Biondo, who pre-deceased him, and to whom he was married for 58 years. He is survived by his four children, Sally B. Hammer of Dallas, TX, Susan B. Long of New Canaan, CT, Amy L. Fulmer of Los Angeles, CA, Michael T. Biondo, Jr. of Wilton, CT; seven grandchildren and seven nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life memorial service will be held at the United Church of Christ, 5200 Crayton Rd., Naples, FL 34103, (239) 261-5469 on Thursday May 8th 2014 at 3 pm. In Lieu of flowers the family has requested that donations be made to AVOW Hospice Inc. of Naples, FL.