Some of you may know our Dad as Angelo, but I guess most of you called him Charlie, Uncle Charlie, sometimes Big Ang or Grampy. He was a wonderful man and the best dad anyone could ask for. He was compassionate, caring and giving and if someone in passing said they needed or liked something -- he thought of them, got it for them, and gave it to them the next day. He was so kind to everyone. If an elderly person was getting out of their car, he would go over, hold the door open and help them out of the car. He didn’t have to know them, he just did it from the goodness of his heart.
Sometimes when I would visit him when he lived in his apartment, he was watching mass on TV. He would be kneeling holding my mother’s picture against his heart so they could be at mass together. One day he was very concerned about a man with a cane who always sat in the first pew. He said, “Linda, I haven’t seen that man in two weeks. I pray that he is okay.” Remember, this is a man he had seen on TV and didn’t even know, but he was concerned about him nevertheless.
Dad and our mom, Yolanda, were married for 56 years after being childhood sweethearts. He loved her so much and missed her everyday.
Dad, of course, loved his grandchildren. He always made them laugh and always had time to play with them. He and our mom always were present at all the little league games, soccer games, school plays and activities, band performances, and dance recitals. He was also proud to be a great-grandfather to Mason who always brought a smile to his face when he saw him.
Dad had a wonderful sense of humor. He loved to play tricks on people or just do or say something silly to make them laugh. It might have meant wearing a wig, a stocking over his face, using a drippy cup, or putting a rubber tarantula on your shoulder -- you just never knew what was next.
The next time it thunders, don’t be too alarmed – it will probably be the people in heaven that Dad has reunited with roaring with laughter because he made them laugh.
Dad is finally with Mom and he is finally happy again.
We all will miss him so much.
Posted by ellen costa and linda bo
Thursday December 23, 2010 at 8:54 am