Anthony Truglia, Jr.

The Honorable Anthony D. Truglia, Jr., 65, a life-long resident of Stamford, Connecticut, passed away at Greenwich Hospital on June 5, with his cherished family by his side. He leaves behind his wife of 33 years, the Honorable Michelle D. Truglia, his son, Anthony D. Truglia III and, his daughter, Haley Shae Veronica Truglia.

Judge Truglia was born on May 31, 1959 in Stamford, CT to the late State Senator Anthony D. Truglia, Sr. and former State Representative Christel H. Truglia. He graduated from The King School in Stamford, from the University of Virginia with honors and, from U.C.L.A. Law School. Judge Truglia was a true gentleman and a scholar; he was well-read and had a keen intellect underneath his cool and quiet exterior. He began his legal career as an associate in the law firm of Winthrop, Stimson, Putnam & Roberts (now Pillsbury, Winthrop, Shaw Pittman) before forming the partnership of Truglia & Browne. Eventually, he pursued a solo practice where he remained until nominated by Governor Dannel Malloy in 2013 to be a Connecticut Superior Court judge. He was held in high esteem by his peers and earned a sterling reputation for his well-reasoned decisions and for his administrative skills in managing heavy dockets. He was Chief Judge at the Stamford Superior Court at the time of his death.

Judge Truglia was an eclectic individual. During his lifetime, he made many contributions to his community both on a professional and a personal level. He was a founding board member of the Patriot National Bank and, also served on the boards of ARI of Connecticut, Inc. and Neighborhood Housing Services of Stamford, Inc. He was born into a politically active family and, consequently, for most of his life, he worked on numerous campaigns for both of his parents as well as for other local and state politicians. True to his family legacy, he gave his time and his money to help so many others in emotional and psychological need and, to those less fortunate in financial need. He sought no publicity or accolades for his efforts. He was a long-distance cyclist and, an avid car and motorcycle enthusiast, owning several Harley Davidsons over his lifetime. He was a Green Bay Packers fan, traveling with his son to Green Bay, Wisconsin every year for a game; he bought stock in the Packers organization and actually owned a “cheesehead”. History, politics and the New York Times crossword puzzles were long-time interests of his. Judge Truglia and his wife were truly best friends with a deep relationship that absorbed and accommodated the complexities of life around them. It was their deep commitment to each other that weathered the test of time and circumstance. While they shared the ups and downs of life, Judge Truglia always felt his greatest legacy would not be left in politics or in law but, with his two children with whom he left his heart and soul, wisdom and spirit; he was very close to his children and was so proud of their intellect and of their individual accomplishments, as well as their humanity.

In addition to his immediate family, Judge Truglia is survived by his mother, Christel H. Truglia and his sister, Sallyanne Truglia, both of Stamford, as well as several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by one sister, Pia “Penny” Carbajal (Adam). Calling hours will be from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM on Sunday, June 23 at Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home, 104 Myrtle Avenue, Stamford, CT. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Lymphoma Research Foundation, Bennett Cancer Center at Stamford Hospital or Smilow Cancer Center at Yale University.