Louis James Pappalardo died June 9, 2010, after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Born on Nov. 16, 1931, in Elmsford, N.Y., he was the tenth of eleven children born to Georgiana and Louis Pappalardo. He attended Elmsford schools, where he met and eventually married his high school sweetheart, Virginia Bianco. They were married for 54 years.

Pappalardo graduated from New York University and pursued a career in marketing research, first with Nowland, then Yankelovich. He later became a partner of Trendex in Westport, and founded and presided over several marketing research companies in the '80s and '90s.

He and Ginny lived in Westport for 40 years before retiring to Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. During his years in Westport, Pappalardo was active in the Westport Little League and Westport Kiwanis, for which he served as president. He enjoyed the game of golf and, during the early years in Westport, he could be found sleeping in his car in the wee hours of the morning waiting to get a tee time at Longshore Golf Club. He later joined Shorehaven Golf Club, where he served on the board of governors. His golfing cronies marveled at his short game.

Pappalardo's legacy is his sense of humor and his perseverance when the chips were down. He will also be remembered for his ability to engage himself with the guy who trimmed his shrubs or the starter at the golf course as well as the chairman of the board of a Fortune 500 company. He was proud of his Italian roots, loved a bowl of pasta and could be found at any point in time with a "CC Manhattan, easy on the vermouth and don't forget the cherry" in his hand.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two children, Lisa Pappalardo Foster and her husband, Michael of Weston, and Jeffrey Pappalardo and his wife, Jean of Orchard Park, N.Y.; and his grandchildren, Maryclare, Jack, Ben and Grace, who called him "Pops."

Donations in his honor may be made to Hospice of Palm Beach County, 3360 Burns Road, Palm Beach Garden, FL 33410; or The Whittingham Cancer Center at Norwalk Hospital, Maple Street, Norwalk, CT 06856.

The family will be receiving friends and family at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Ave., Norwalk, on Friday, June 18, from 4 to 8 p.m. A memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, June 19, at 11 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church on Norfield Road in Weston.