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Memorials of Connecticut Judges and Attorneys
As Printed in the Connecticut Reports
volume 205, page(s) 815


The Hon. Anthony J. Armentano, of Hartford, a former state senator, lieutenant governor and justice of the Supreme Court, died December 25, 1987.

Justice Armentano was born in Hartford, son of the late Joseph and Rosina (Donato) Armentano. After graduation from Hartford Public High School, he received his B.A. degree in business administration from Boston University in 1939. He enrolled in the Boston University School of Law where he received his J.D. degree in 1941. He was admitted to the Connecticut bar that same year.

Justice Armentano served in the United States Army during World War II, and was discharged with the rank of Captain. He entered the private practice of law in 1946 and that same year became a part-time instructor in Business Law at Hillyer College, which is now the University of Hartford. He held that latter position until 1959.

Justice Armentano was elected to the State Senate in 1957 and was president pro tempore from 1959 to 1961. In 1961, he became lieutenant governor when John N. Dempsey succeeded Governor Abraham A. Ribicoff.

In 1953, Justice Armentano was nominated and confirmed to be a judge of the Court of Common Pleas. He joined the Superior Court in 1965. During his sixteen years as a judge of that court, he served on the Executive Committee (1969-81), the State Bar Examining Committee (1972-80), the Sentence Review Division (1973-81), the Judicial Review Council (1980-81) and the Appellate Session of the Superior Court. He was a member of the Hartford County and Connecticut Bar Associations.

Justice Armentano became a justice of the Supreme Court on March 2, 1981. In January, 1983, he elected to become a Senior Associate Justice.

Justice Armentano was survived by his wife, Mary, and two sons.