To know him was to love him- Uncle Renzo, Zio Lorenzo, Daddy, Da, Cheech, Re, Renzo, Papa-
Lorenzo Albanese. A name so strong for the strongest man I’ll ever know.
I’ve always wanted to write your life-story Papa. It’s a life that’s inspired, laughed, struggled, earned, gave, taught and loved.
Everyone always enjoyed coming to the Bronx to hear your stories of how you grew up in Italy, the youngest of 13 children, sometimes with nothing on the table for dinner. The story of the young good looking man you grew into who courted Michelina Gatti on the streets of Gioia del Colle.
Your stories of your first few years in America-living in a tiny basement with Nana and getting your first job at a piano factory. Your stories of how you became a foreman for DeFoe construction, gave the occasional beating and actually made New York City what it is today.
Your stories of raising Marie, Susanne, Carlo and Michelle and then hearing their versions of it-including safety pins swallowed, breaking elevators in Italy and fighting squirrels off. The story of the house you purchased on 1942 Mayflower Avenue that you and Nana made into a home for your 4 children. A home that celebrated birthdays, weddings, holidays, backyard bbq’s and countless Sunday dinners. A home where we were all able to be with you until your last breath.
But your life-story didn’t end on Sunday on Papa. Your ability to light up a room lives on in me, your attention to detail in Nicole, your work ethic in Charles, your name and kind heart in Lorenzo, your witty banter in Alyssa, your smile in Joanna, your sense of leadership in James, and your clever ability to get away with everything because you’re the baby of the family in Michael. Your love for Nana in all of us.
We’ve always known how lucky we are to have you as our grandfather. We can see it in all of you this morning and from the outpouring of love and kindness we’ve received the last couple of days. Papa would always start his point of view with, ‘In my way of thinking’ and end his stories, ‘In all and everything’
Well Papa in our way of thinking you are everything to us and we will never stop trying to make you proud.
Mr. Lorenzo Albanese passed away on Sunday, December 13, 2020 surrounded by his loved ones. His care and arrangements are entrusted to Ralph Giordano Funeral Home. Mr. Albanese will be laid to rest at St. Raymond's Cemetery, Bronx, NY. Private Service.
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