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Alphonse Thomas LACAVERA
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ALPHONSE THOMAS LACAVERAHis family and friends regret to announce that Al Lacavera passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on September 8, 2020, in his 80th year. Al was predeceased by his parents Anthony and Elizabeth, his brothers Anthony and Thomas Lacavera, his father and mother-in-law Mark and Katherine Ramella, his sister-in-law Loretta Ramella Lopez, his first cousins Diane Sauder and Robert Ivankovich and his aunts and uncles Lena and John Ivankovich and Theresa and Tony Morelatto. He is survived by his wife Donna, his children Anthony and Catherine, his grandson Anthony and his brother-in-law Anthony Lopez as well as numerous cousins. Al practised law in Welland from 1968 to 1998, in his own law firm, as well as in association with the firms of Kovacs, Forestell and Luciani, Rose and Banks, and Blackadder, Lacavera, Green, Marion, Leon and Halinda. He was appointed to the Ontario Court of Justice in 1998. He presided over both family and criminal matters in Welland, Fort Erie and St. Catharines from the time of his appointment until 2009. From 2010 until his retirement in 2015, he presided at College Park, in Toronto. Al was very involved in local civic affairs throughout his career. He was active in many local charities, served as President of the local Law Association, the local riding political associations, the local Chamber of Commerce, was a Regional Counsellor for the Niagara Region and was a candidate for provincial parliament. He was also an avid athlete, playing and coaching basketball in his younger years and progressing to tennis and golf in his later years. He especially loved golf and relished the golf trips he, his son and brother-in-law took together. Much to his chagrin, he will be remembered more for his sense of humour and wit than his golf scores. Everyone who knew him can cite their favourite quip from among the many famous Lacavera retorts that triggered instant, widespread and irrepressible laughter. Al was noted, as his father was before him, for being a true gentleman. Not only his fellow lawyers and judges, but clerks, reporters, police and even the accused appreciated the fundamental decency and humanity with which he conducted his practice and presided over court. If he was in charge, everyone could count on being treated with equality, dignity and respect. Above all, Al was a devoted and beloved husband, father and grandfather. Even though his time with little Anthony was short, they already shared a very special relationship. Donations in honour of Al's memory can be made to the Saint Vincent de Paul Society or any charity that assists the poor and vulnerable in our society. A private family funeral Mass in celebration of Al's life will be held at the Parish Community of St. Kevin followed by his interment at Holy Cross Cemetery in Welland. Online condolences available at www.cudneyfuneralhome.com

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Published in The Globe and Mail from Sep. 14 to Sep. 18, 2020.
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September 17, 2020
My deepest sympathies to you, Tony, & CC. Al was truly an exceptional man.
Some of my fondest childhood memories are of being with you all in that house on Merritt St.
Thinking of you all, and sending love.
Bobby Sharpe
Neighbor
September 16, 2020
Donna, we are so very sorry to hear of Al’s passing. Another good man gone too soon. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.
Bob&Gloria Sauder
Acquaintance
September 15, 2020
My first case ever was with Al as opposing counsel and I can honestly say he was a true gentleman in every sense of the word. The profession needs more people like him.
Clark Peddle
Acquaintance
September 15, 2020
I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to Donna and her family on the death of her husband, Al Lacavera. May the years of memories you created and your loving children and grandchildren bring you comfort in your sorrow.
MIcki Clemens
Coworker
September 15, 2020
Thinking of you, Anthony and Catherine at this sad time. And remembering the good times on Merritt Street years ago. Patty and I offer our sincere condolences on your loss.
Barry and Patty Sharpe
Neighbor
September 15, 2020
So very sorry for your loss, Donna. Please know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Sandy Hall
Coworker
September 14, 2020
Words escape me but the memories of Al and Tony sitting in my uncle's basement watching golf and joking will stay with me forever. My deepest condolences.
Mark Ramella
Family
September 14, 2020
Al was a great man he was my hero and pal growing up. I wanted to be just like him. Donna I always loved you all. Give Anthony,Katherine,and your grandson a kiss from all of us here God bless you and stay safe Love always Domenic Gina Vescio and family
Domenic vescio
Family
September 14, 2020
He was a great, kind and compassionate neighbour. Always had a smile and kind words. Great times at our annual street parties. Condolences to the family and Donna.
Mary and Tim Roman
Neighbor
September 14, 2020
Our deepest sympathy to you Donna. May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Jim and Linda Addario
Friend
September 14, 2020
So sorry to hear of Al's passing. May God Bless.
David Abraham
Friend
September 14, 2020
Al was a superb lawyer and friend. We are sorry to hear of his passing. Our deepest condolences Donna and family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you.
Barb and John Feletar
Friend
September 14, 2020
To Donna, Anthony , Catherine and Family - Please accept our sincere condolences for your loss. Al was a true gentleman.

Ange & Ann Moccia
Ange & Ann Moccia
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