CIUFECU,AURELIU (RELI) D. Aureliu (Reli ) D. Ciufecu, age 88, of Fairfield, passed away on Monday, May 23, 2011. Born in Pleasa, Albania, Reli was raised in Romania and educated in Italy before coming to the United States in 1953 where he was a Bridgeport and Fairfield Town resident. He was Professor of Languages and also taught History for the Gateway Community College of New Haven and over the years also taught at Yale New Haven University, the University of Bridgeport, Fairfield University and Sacred Heart University. Mr. Ciufecu was a longtime member of the St. Dimitrie Romanian Orthodox Church, a past president of both the St. Dimitrie Church Council and the Society Farsarotul. He was an Honorary Consul for the Romanian Consulate and was the organizer for the bi-annual Macedonian-Romanian Cultural Congress. In his youth, Reli was an avid tennis player and later enjoyed the times that he spent coaching soccer for the former South Central Community College. He was also a fan of the theater and music. Survivors include his children, his son, Mita Ciufecu and his wife Lisa of North Franklin, Ct, daughters Catrina Ciufecu and her partner Richard Sutcliffe of Stratford and Valeria Ciufecu Broadley of Milford, grandchildren Raymond and Amanda Ciufecu and Michele Broadley. He leaves behind his sisters Stella Berlovan-Ciufecu of Italy and Liza Puiu of Romania as well as several nieces, nephews, his former wife Haroula Dobyns and former son in law Adrian Broadley. He was predeceased by his brothers Leti and Todi Ciufecu. Funeral services will be held on Friday at 11:30am in St. Dimitrie Romanian Orthodox Church, 504 Sport Hill Rd., Easton with burial to follow in Lakeview Cemetery. Calling hours will be held on Thursday from 4-8pm in the Lesko & Polke Funeral Home, 1209 Post Rd., Fairfield Center. The Trisagion service will be at 6pm. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Dimitrie Church.