Steven Garbin Honors his Parents, Gives Back to His Hometown


Steven L. Garbin grew up in Torrington the only child of Mario and Helen (Balogh) Garbin. He translated a love of cars and driving into a business, owning Triumph Taxi in Boston for more than 20 years. But when he was ready to retire, he came home to the south end of Torrington. Steven owned several antique vehicles, and frequented antique shops and flea markets looking for unique items.

He played cards with longtime friends and visited with his mother at her final resting place in St. Francis Cemetery. When he felt he couldn’t take care of himself any longer, he moved into Wolcott Hall Retirement Center, still frequenting Scarpelli’s, one of his favorite restaurants. Steven passed away in early 2017 at the age of 84. Through estate planning, he left an enduring gift and a legacy of compassion and kindness. Steven established an endowed fund named in honor of his parents. The Helen and Mario Garbin Scholarship Fund provides scholarships to local students, and will continue to do so, forever.

“Steve was a kind and generous person,” said Egidio Recidivi, a longtime friend. “Steve’s generous gift is a testament to his love of Torrington."

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