Wednesday, 23 October 2013 14:36
February 1, 1910 - October 15, 2013
Notre Dame, IN, Formerly of Manhasset
One of the gifts of being an only child is that I have the privilege of introducing you briefly to the man my Dad, Tony, was. There are few who met him that weren’t touched by his humor, kindness, optimism and fortitude, especially those left to tell his story and carry his spirit: daughter Nancy (Hank) Mascotte; grandchildren Carl Schoeneman of Rancho Mirage, CA and Sara (Gerry) Clark of Maui, HI; great-grandchild Chiarra Clark; sister-in-law Sophie (Walter)Hogan; four nephews: Phillip (Pat) Lorey, Sam (MaryLouise) Lorey, Jim(Paula) Gibb and Walter (Sunny) Hogan; and two nieces: Rose Lorey and Judy (Richie) Hennes.
Dad’s life is a true American story. He was born to Salvatore Loria and Chiara Gerard in San Giovanni Enfiori, Italy, on February 1, 1910. He had one brother, Leonard, and two half-brothers, Joe and Patsy. After his parents immigrated to the U.S. in 1911, his father, a landscaper by trade, died at a young age. Chiara remarried, Domonic Piganelli, and Dad’s family expanded to include six step- and three half-siblings.
At age fifteen, Dad left his home in West Virginia to dance and play drums in vaudeville. This eventually led him to New York with $10 in his pocket. After working many odd jobs, he met and married his beloved, Josephine Ross, on June 22, 1935. He served in the Army Air Corps, completed high school, studied accounting at City College in N. Y. and began a long career with Crockett and Buss, a leading carpet distributor in Manhattan. Dad eventually became President of C & B and was selected as “Man of the Year” in the carpet industry.
In 1994, Dad and Mom sold their home of forty years in Flower Hill, Manhasset, and joined Hank and me in South Bend. After caring for my mother, who died in 1999, Dad eventually made his home at Andre Place at Holy Cross Village. He made many friends among this wonderful community. He developed a special connection with Evelyn Groman and cherished their friendship until her death last year. I was blessed to have had him as my Dad for so many years and I’m so grateful for his quality of life till the very end.
I’m confident the gates of heaven opened wide for Dad on Tuesday, as I know your heart would have if you had had the opportunity to know him.
A Mass celebrating Dad’s life will be held on Tuesday, October 22, 2013, in Our Lady of Holy Cross Chapel in Notre Dame, Indiana, at 11 a.m. with visitation one hour prior. The Rev. William Neidhart, C.S.C. will be officiating. A lunch, to which all are invited, will follow at Andre Placeouse wi. A private burial will take place later at Cedar Grove, Notre Dame.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Dad’s honor to Our Lady of the Road café and drop-in Center of the Catholic Worker House, P.O. Box 4375, South Bend, IN 46624 or the GLBT Resource Center, 1522 Mishawaka Ave., South Bend, IN 46615.
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