Peter Is the third generation of a multi-generational funeral home family. His, son Peter H. Torello IV, is also actively involved today in the Hamden location. Grandfather Peter H. Torello started the family tradition by founding his funeral home in New Haven, CT over 100 years ago.
Born in New Haven, and growing up in Hamden since childhood, Peter learned the from both his grandfather and father the value of creating a caring, family atmosphere when serving the families in the Greater New Haven community.
Peter is a graduate of the American Academy of Funeral Services and has served the community throughout his life in various civic activities.
John Iacobucci was born in New Haven, but grew up in Hamden and graduated from Hamden High School in 1978. He was raised in a traditional Italian household where learning to speak Italian was easy as it was spoken daily.
During these years, he also learned Portuguese and Spanish thru the assistance of his dear friend, the late Reverend Joseph T. Ryan, who served as pastor of Saint John the Evangelist Parish and St. Peter's Church of New Haven. During high school, John went to work at the Torello Funeral home and requested to be allowed to work and learn at the current Hamden location. After high school graduation, he attended the American Academy - McAllister Institute of Funeral Services in New York City.
In 1994 he embarked upon a journey of creating the current Washington Memorial Funeral Home with Peter H. Torello III and bring his vision of a beautiful funeral home to reality. During these years, he also added Portuguese to his repertoire of languages, improving his knowledge of the language with extended trips to Brazil. His grasp of these languages has helped may families plan the a thoughtful and comforting funeral service in spite of the fact that English is not their first language.