Angelo Tomasso, Jr. followed closely in his father’s footsteps. He served with distinction in the U.S. Navy during World War II, receiving a Purple Heart for wounds sustained in the Philippines. He earned a civil engineering degree from Auburn University and upon his father’s death in 1952, became president and chief executive officer of the Tomasso Company at age 27, managing the company along with brothers Victor, George and Bill. The company became famous for major construction projects including Interstates 91 and 84, Routes 9 and 2, and corporate headquarters including Emhart, Stanley Works, Aetna and Bristol Myers. As he was building the company, Tomasso, Jr. continued giving back to the community and over the years earned numerous civic service honors: In 1996, he received the Royal W. Thompson Lifetime Achievement Award from the Connecticut Association of Street and Highway Officials, and in 1990 received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from CCSU.