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The honorable Joseph F. Morelli, of New Britain, died on May 30, 1996, at the age of eighty. Judge Morelli was appointed to the Circuit Court in 1969 and was elevated to the Superior Court in 1978. He retired in 1986 at the age of seventy.
Judge Morelli received his B.A. from Ohio State University in 1938, earned his L.L.B. from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1941 and was admitted to the Connecticut bar in 1946. He served in the United States Army from 1941 to 1945. Prior to his 1969 appointment to the bench, Judge Morelli was an attorney in private practice and a public defender for the Fifteenth Circuit Court.
During Judge Morelli's distinguished public service career, he held numerous municipal and state government posts, including state senator during the 1949 General Assembly Session and mayor of the city of New Britain from 1956 to 1960. In addition, Judge Morelli was the chairman of the New Britain water commission in 1946 and served two terms in that capacity. He was chairman of the city planning commission of New Britain in 1965.
Judge Morelli married the former Virginia Pola and was the father of three children.