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Anthony J. Alvaro 1945 - 2011

Anthony J. Alvaro

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January 03, 2012
Dad,
I miss you so incredibly much. Everyday I find myself accidently dialing your number to tell you about the day's events. It is still foreign to me that we will never converse again on this earth; yet, I find myself speaking to you everyday dad. I look down and I see grandpa's ring. The ring you gave me when I was 19 and said that "we will always we right next to eachother. I have had it for almost 8 years now and I never knew what you meant but, I do now. I didn't know grandpa well, I only knew that I was named after him, that he was a sweet man who would do anything for his family, and that he had the resolve of a superhero. Dad always told me that he waited to pass to see his grandson, an Alvaro. This made me feel good when I was younger. Someone waited for me. My father passed merely a week after his 66th birthday, not even 9 months after his gransdon has born. My father waited for him, I hope. Aerin Joseph Alvaro, my first child; initials AJA, after my father. I wanted to name him Anthony Joseph Alvaro however, my wife had the foresight to talk me out of it. She told me, over two years ago (Tracy Alvaro, my wife, absolutely adores my father, she loved him so much and he thought the world of her), Tracy said that our son, an Alvaro, needs to be connected, yet independent. I didn't understand at first but she went on to explain that "Anthony J. Alvaro is not just a name, Anthony is a kind man who never had a bad thing to say aout a soul, he was gentle, funny, caring, giving, wise, smart, charming, and most of all, he knew that family the little to do with blood and more to do with shared experiences. Tracy went on to explain that she didn't want to put those kind of expectations on our son. At that point I realized that, I wasn't the only person who cherished my father, and that he can be honored not after a name, but after how his loved ones chose to live their lives. Today, and every other day to follow, my son Aerin will know how special his grandfather was. Aerin Alvaro will know my father better then anyone, I will tell him everything and highlight the infinite times that he changed my life, saved my life, and taught me that family is the most important thing in the world. Thanks for bringning us together again, dad. For however brief it was, it was special. I learned that the mark of a person on this earth is not about what was left, but by how you left it. You left it better then how it was given to you, and you made it better. I am proud to be your son, proud to be an Alvaro, and proud of your legacy. I hope I don't let you down. I love you. Aerin loves you, Tracy loves you, Debbie, Fran, and Tricia love you.

-Joseph Alvaro
December 30, 2011
I was deeply saddened to learn of Anthonys passing. I was his banker and helped him with his home purchase. He was a very special customer that I will always think fondly of.
December 23, 2011
May the God of all comfort grant your family peace at this time. (2 Cor. 1:3,4)
December 20, 2011
My condolences to the Alvaro family. Anthony will surely be missed, he was a really nice guy, and certainly loved his family.
December 18, 2011
Cousin Anthony,
You were always one of my favorite cousins. So many of my childhood memories are filled of you and your family. I will treasure those happy times always. Your love of life and laughter was contagious and you always made me smile. How can I start my work day now without reading the numerous jokes you would email to all of us lucky enough to be on your list! I am glad I saved some. I know earth is a sadder place without you, but you are already entertaining all the relatives in heaven with your humor. Say hi to everyone up there as you join our team of Angels in Heaven. Please watch over your family who I know will miss you dearly. I love you Cuz.
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