St. Vincent’s Swim founder passes away

Ronald J. Bianchi, age 78, of Trumbull, beloved husband of Lynette Carosella Bianchi, passed away on Saturday, July 24, 2021 with his loving family by his side. Born in Hartford on December 13, 1942, he was the son of the late Armando and Rose Santamaria Bianchi. He was a graduate of Suffield Academy and Fairfield University and held a Master’s degree in Guidance from Fairfield University and a Sixth Year degree in Educational Administration from the University of Bridgeport.

After 37 ½ dedicated years, Ron retired as Senior Vice President of St. Vincent’s Medical Center and the President of the St. Vincent’s Medical Center Foundation. He was instrumental in creating the Swim Across the Sound and growing it from a grassroots event into a major fund raising endeavor and was very proud of the support the Swim provided to so many people impacted by cancer. Ron raised over 350 million dollars in his career as Foundation President to support the medical center.

He was well respected in the field of philanthropy. He truly loved the hospital and his role there. Throughout his lifetime, he was a member of many organizations both community and professional. He was the recipient of multiple awards from many different groups. He served on the Board of the United Way and other community boards, and was a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus and a District Deputy. He was a kind, gentle, soft-spoken person who always had an encouraging word and a smile for anyone he met. Quietly and without fanfare, he helped countless people navigate through difficult times in their lives.

He was a true gentleman. Ron was a longtime member of the Brooklawn Country Club and recently of the Tashua Knolls Senior Men’s Club.

But above all things, he was a dedicated and loving husband, brother-in-law and uncle, who will be deeply missed by all.

In addition to his beloved wife, Lyn of 53 years, survivors include his sister-in-law, Pamela C. Madonia and her husband Peter, niece and nephew, Jennifer Madonia and her husband Dennis Colclough and Marc P. Madonia and his wife Amy, as well as many cousins, dear friends and co-workers. He also leaves behind his beloved Norwich Terriers, Corky, Lili and Stryker.

Relatives and friends may greet the family on Tuesday, August 3, 2021 from 4-7 p.m. at the Abriola Parkview Funeral Home, 419 White Plains Rd., Trumbull. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, August 4, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. directly in St. Theresa Church, 5301 Main Street, Trumbull. Interment will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Trumbull. Memorial Contributions may be made to Swim Across the Sound c/o St. Vincent’s Medical Center Foundation, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport, CT 06606. To leave an online condolence, please visit