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Apartments & Townhouse
Rentals In Manchester, CT
240 New State Road
Manchester, CT 06042


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to see our complexes:

(860) 646-1021
Hours: Monday-Friday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday:11 a.m.-2 p.m. *
* Appointment only on Saturday during July and August


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Our rental office can be reached at the number and hours at left or email: rentaloffice@damatoapartments.com​

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Raymond Damato, who died April 25, 2014,
at the age of 86, left a lasting legacy

Raymond "Sonny" Damato, a major landlord in Manchester, was described by friends as an enterprising and generous man. He has been described as “one of the guys who built Manchester,” and was a generous supporter of many charities and causes.

Damato, who ran Damato Enterprises and was once one of the town's top 10 taxpayers, owned 397 apartments in Manchester, including large complexes on Homestead Street and New State Road, according to the town's director of assessment and collection. His family continues to operate the apartment complexes.

He was born May 8, 1927, at the family homestead in Manchester and has been a lifelong resident.

Sonny, as he was called by family and friends, had many sources of enjoyment and took great pride in his family, his business, political affiliations, antique cars, and involvement in numerous community organizations.

His career began at the age of 12 operating a bulldozer working construction along with his father and brother. His first independent venture at age 20 was a successful hot dog stand, Frankie's Drive-In, which also sponsored a semi-professional basketball team.

During his mid-twenties, he leased the restaurant and devoted his efforts to the business that made him locally famous, building apartments. His first building included 6 units. That initial effort transitioned into nearly 400 units today, now known as Damato Enterprises.

He learned to ski at the age of 42 and enjoyed many weekends with family and friends at his vacation home in West Dover, VT throughout his life. Sonny was a staunch democrat and heavily supported local, state and national politics for many years. Many politicians were amongst his closest friends.

One of Sonny's first loves was his horses. Years later, that love shifted to antique cars. He took great pride in the care and condition of his collection. For many years, he served on the board of directors for many local organizations including the Savings Bank of Manchester, ECHN and the Eighth Utilities District of Manchester. Fondly referred to as the "Mayor of Homestead Park",

Sonny was devoted to the growth and development of the town of Manchester. By far, his greatest pride was his family. His unsurpassed love and generosity will never be forgotten.

"He's the type of person who always gave to everybody. He was very benevolent with just anybody who asked him, whether it was the church or whoever," a longtime friend said.

In the 1990s, Damato served as chairman of the building committee that oversaw construction of the Eighth Utilities District fire headquarters on Main Street.

"Manchester was very important to Sonny," another friend said. "He was just a wonderful man with rock-solid beliefs in his community. He was always there to help and guide this community as we grew."

Damato visited Italy several times, returning to the tiny village of Guardia Peticara in southern Italy, the ancestral home of many Italian-Americans in Manchester.

"The best part of the trip was the people —- as opposed to looking at ruins and things —- to meet people you've heard about all your life, and to break bread with them,'' Damato said at the time.