Friday, January 3, 2014

My Grandpa Tony

My maternal grandfather was born in Busso, Campobasso, Italy in December of 1905.  He was baptised in 1906 in the same town.   When he was 14 years old, he arrived at Ellis Island with his family. He departed Italy from Naples and arrived in America on October 19, 1920. According to the New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957, he was traveling with his mother, Filomena and two brothers Mario and Angelo.  They were in route to Cleveland, OH to see their Aunt. His parents had another son named Richard after they were in Ohio.  Therefore, my grandpa was the oldest of the four boys. In November 1929, he married my grandmother - Helen.  They were married at Saint Marian Catholic Church in Cleveland, Ohio. My grandfather was a bricklayer and eventually owned his own business called "Pinto Chimneys and Incinerators." He and Helen raised three children - my mother being the youngest.  I spent lots of time with my grandfather. My best memories were when we were sharing a meal that my grandma had prepared and we would sit at the kitchen table together and talk. He would always make me and my sister laugh! In his older years, after retirement, he would walk to the Racetrack and when he would win - he would give us both money!!  He also loved to sit in his white leather lounge chair in the living room and watch Golf! He was a very good looking guy and always dressed sharp.  He was very sociable and had many friends.