Long-time Evanston community activist Vito Brugliera died Saturday, a few days after suffering a stroke.

Brugliera, who was born in 1933, had lived in Evanston for 48 years.

In the years after he and his wife Mary moved to a home in the 1300 block of Wesley Avenue, he was active in the Dewey Community Conference, which worked to improve the neighborhoods served by Dewey Elementary School.

Brugliera, who was trained as an engineer at Northwestern University, was a retired executive of the Zenith Electronics Corporation and a consultant to the cable and consumer electronics industries.

He was a member of the board of the IEEE Foundation.

A self-described “curmudgeon” and “recovering liberal,” he was in recent years an occasional speaker before City Council and more frequent observer at council meetings on development and finance issues and a frequent commenter on the 8th Ward message board.

He was also among the first readers to start commenting on the Evanston Now website after it launched in 2006.

Update 7:30 a.m. 1/29/13: A wake will be held from 3 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8, at the Donellan Funeral Home, 10045 Skokie Blvd in Skokie. Funeral mass will be at the Sheil Catholic Center, 2110 Sheridan Road in Evanston, at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Vito

    Not every community has the benefit of an individual like Vito Brugliera! His astute observations on city issues and his dry sense of humor will be greatly missed. Will someone with Vito's vigor and tenacity please step forward?

  2. goodbye to Vito
    Vito was a warm-hearted guy and a long-time debate partner of mine. His carpentry work was a wonder to behold in the beautiful home that I admired inside and out. He had recently told me that he would be moving into a retirement place, where I hoped to visit him once he was settled in. Though news of his death comes as a surprise, he was fortunate in that it came quickly and (I presume) painlessly after a full life. Goodbye Vito, it was a pleasure to know you.

  3. Thank you Vito

    Whether you knew Vito or not, you will miss him because his caring voice was always present.  Despite his claim to be a "curmudgeon" and a "recovering liberal", he was the most good hearted and thoughtful curmudgeon one could hope to meet.  Vito, thank you for all you brought to Evanston, and thank you for all of the thoughts and ideas you were good enough to take the time to share with me.

    Don W. 

  4. Thank you, sir

    Vito was my mentor started last year, he's the most kind and easygoing man. I was impressed by his wiseness and learned a lot from him. I feel sooo bad since the week before last week he emailed me that one of his friends passed away and said it's time for us to meet again, but I didn't have time back then. …now I can't be more regretful… I should have met him no matter what. He told me he moved out from his house to another small house and wanted me to meet his wife Mary, god I don't know how I could express my sorriness.  Learned to treasure the one you love when they are around.  May he rest in peace. Thank you sir. You are more than a mentor to me. 


    MS EE Northwestern 

  5. Renaissance man

    Vito was as close to a true renaissance man as I have encountered.  He was knowledgeable and interested in so many areas, it was hard (for me, at least) to keep track. His great intellect and wonderful sense of humor (e.g. the self-admitted Evanston curmudgeon) will be greatly missed at our monthly credit union board and advisory committee meetings, (where I often had the good fortune to sit next to Vito and talk). For these (& 100 other) reasons, I count him as one of my favorite colleagues and friends and I consider the time spent in our discussions among the most valued I've known. Thanks Vito, for the enlightenment, great wit and laughs you brought to us all.

  6. Fellow Luddite

    Except for working at Zenith in the '70's, my only contact with Vito was through occasional e-mail exchanges on the FOW (Friends of Walt Cicora) "blog".  I do recall agreeing with Vito about the merits of not adopting new technology too early or just for the sake of newness.  He joked about being a confirmed Luddite.   He had a razor sharp wit that will be missed.

    Bob Podowski

    IEEE  LS

  7. Vito fondly remembered

    I've known Vito since the early 80's. i had the pleasure, fascination and fun his company inspired at many dinners over the years at NCTA Engineering Committee mtgs, where he was a highly valued contributor. A brilliant engineer who could always translate to lay terminology and had sincere respect for the value of marketing in the technology business.   I considered him both friend and mentor, and will always remember him fondly. My deepest  condolences  to Vito's family

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