James Gabianelli

James Gabianelli

James Gabianelli

Jim Gabianelli (1911-1996) attended Providence College and New York University where he got his degree from the College of Engineering in 1931. During the hard years of the Depression, Jim worked for Mariani Construction the company that built the first roads and bridges on the Merritt Parkway.

In 1942, he served our country during World War II. Because of his engineering background, he was assigned as a member of the group charged with ensuring the accuracy and safety of our troops’ transport and fighter planes.

Subsequent to the war, he was reassigned to Sikorsky in Stratford where his responsibilities included overseeing the quality of helicopters. He retired in 1974.

Jim married his high school sweetheart, Agnes Frattari in 1936. They had two children – a boy who was destined to become a much-honored doctor, and a girl who was editor-in-chief of a major educational publishing company.

Jim was a member of the Knights of Columbus since the late 1930’s and received the State Deputy Award for Outstanding Performance in 1984-85.  Besides the Italian American Society, he was a charter member of the Sons of Italy.