Thomas A. Mangano, of Lake Worth, FL, passed away suddenly on Nov. 26, 2003, of undetermined cause at this time, at the age of 77. His birthdate was Oct. 21, 1926.
Thomas leaves his cherished wife, Eileen, to whom he would have been married 52 years on Dec. 8. He is survived by two loved sons, Thomas (Barbara) Mangano and John Mangano, both of West Palm Beach; and granddaughter, Tam Mangano. He also leaves two devoted sisters, Margaret M. Schiano of Lynbrook and Frances J. Kiefer of Canton, OH. He will be deeply mourned and missed by his two nieces, Sherry Kuchinsky of Ohio and Lisa Wilson of Oyster Bay as well as his three nephews, Edward (Charlotte) Tabachini of Rhode Island, Richard (Barbara) Kuchinsky of Utah and Thomas James Kuchinsky of West Palm Beach.
Tom Mangano served proudly with the US Coast Guard during WWII on the USS Wiegel. He was a two term president of the Brave Hearts Club at St. Francis Hospital in Roslyn, having survived two heart attacks.
Mr. Mangano had been living in Florida for 15 years where he was a social director at the Camping Resort of the Palm Beaches, a function which he thoroughly enjoyed and which was characterized by an ever-present warming smile and boundless energy. Previously, he and his wife had traveled, twice around, all 48 states.
Before locating to Florida, the Mangano family lived in Port Washington and conducted the business started by his father, Nicholas J. Mangano of the Triangle Tree Service. The elder Mr. Mangano and his son Thomas were certified arborists.
The Mangano family had resided in Port Washington since the early '20s. Mrs. Mangano, as a young businesswoman, operated the Colonial Flower Shop on Port Washington Blvd. Tom, as a youngster, escorted his father to Canada in many early Decembers where they loaded bundled balsam trees to sell at Christmastime in Port Washington. Young Tom learned his father's trade at an early age and in his adult life, taught the same skills to his two sons who have now perpetuated the tradition as successful arborists in the Palm Beach area.
Services were held at the Memory Gardens Funeral Home in Lake Worth on Nov. 29.
Angiuli Ferdinando, 63, of Port Washington, died on Dec. 18, 2003. He is survived by his wife Mary Ann; his children, Victoria Fogarty (Paul) and Brian; his granddaugther, Olivia; and his siblings, Mary, Sam and Carmela. He was predeceased by his siblings, Ralph and Margaret. Arrangements were made by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at Our Lady of Fatima RC Church. Interment Nassau Knolls Cemetery.