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Louis Schiavone Jr. Obituary
Dear Dad,You died on December 21. But what you did during the 93 years you were here . . . lives. You taught me so much. You taught me to pee standing up.You taught me the need for compassion.You taught me that a person's true measure isn't found in the size of their salary but in the expansiveness of their heart.You taught me that season after season, game after game, loyalty to the New York Yankees and the New York Giants is not negotiable.You taught me that love is most beautiful when the circumstances aren't. Like the way you loved your wife of 68 years, Louise Palmieri Schiavone, when illness touched her, when there was diminishment, when it was hard. Watching the two of you together was like attending a master class in love. You taught me that one should never discuss how much they make, how they vote, or their religious beliefs. I succeeded at two out of three.You taught me that escarole and beans and a hunk of Italian bread is an undeniable feast.You taught me about valor through your service in the United States Navy during World War II, as a member of VPB104, stationed on the island of Morotai in the South Pacific, flying missions over the South China Sea, and later, playing a role in the famed Battle of Leyte Gulf and winning two Presidential citations. You taught me that family is the greatest gift, whether it's family you're born into or family that you create. You taught me that my arrogance was not necessarily the most attractive of traits.You taught me that the greatest praise one human can offer another is to call them "teacher".You taught me that even when a life ends, life goes on. And, if one is lucky, one leaves an imprint on life that's indelible.You left that imprint on generations. On individuals. On me.Go, now, to Mom. Join your sisters, Carolyn and Theresa and your brother, Al. Join your mother and father, Anna and Louis. Join your baby daughter and your infant sons.You leave behind many who love you. Your sister-in-law, Rosemary Schiavone. Your nieces. Your nephews. Your friends. Your students. I have many reasons to be thankful that you were my Dad. But the greatest reason is this: you were my teacher. You will be my teacher always.With gratitude from your loving son, LouisHis funeral will be held on Saturday, December 29, 2018 at 9:00am from Maiorano Funeral Home, 95 Willow St., Waterbury, to Our Lady of Lourdes Church for a Mass at 10:00am. Burial with full military honors will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Family and friends may visit with the family on Friday evening from 4:00-7:00pm. Memorial contributions in Louis' name may be made to: Pastoral Care Program, c/o Sr. Maureen Reardon, The McAuley, 275 Steele Rd., West Hartford, CT 06117. For more information and online condolences visit www.maioranofuneralhome.com.
Published in The Hartford Courant on Dec. 23, 2018
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