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Amedeo J. Reali, 83
FALMOUTH -- Amedeo J. Reali, 83, owner of the former Village Cafe died Thursday, July 22,2010 at Mercy hospital with his family by his side.
He was born in Portland, a son of Vincenzo and Maria Aceto Reali. He attended Portland schools, and in 1944 he joined the US Navy to serve as a Navy Seabee during WW-II and was honorably discharged as a Coxswain.
In 1946, Amedeo began working with his father Vincenzo at their family restaurant, The Village Cafe in downtown Portland. The restaurant flourished under his management, and became a local icon for family style Italian American cuisine. He was known as a successful business owner, a responsible employer and a generous member of the community; volunteering and helping others in any way he could. The Village Cafe continued to have lines out the door up and until it finally closed in 2008.
He met his wife Anita (Higgins) at his brother's restaurant, the former Valle's Steakhouse where she was a waitress. They were married in 1948 and had eight children. Amedeo was a family man through and through. In between the long hours he worked at The Village he taught his children to hunt and fish including taking them on memorable family vacations. His wife and children remember him for his honesty, humor, and dedication.
He was a devoted communicant of St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church where he served in many capacities and volunteered frequently. In 2004, he was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Maine Restaurant Association. He was a member of the Italian Heritage Center.
He is predeceased by five brothers, Don, Louie, Peter, Hubert, Al, and two sisters, Justine Knapp and Betty DiMillo.
Besides his wife of 62 years, Anita Higgins Reali of Falmouth, he leaves 6 sons, John and his wife Marlene of North Yarmouth, Michael and his wife Terry Sutton of Cumberland, Joseph and his wife Andrea of Portland, Steven and his wife Debbie of Gorham, David and his wife Patsy of Saco, Paul and his wife Fe of Exeter, N.H., two daughters, Anne Marie Atherton and her husband Bill of Windham, and Maria Reali of Yarmouth. Also he is survived by 18 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Visiting hours will be held Sunday, July 25, 2010 from 3 to 7 p.m. at Jones, Rich & Hutchins Funeral Home, 199 Woodford Street. Prayers will be recited Monday July 26, 2010 at 12:15 p.m. at the funeral home to be followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 1p.m. at St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church, Federal St. Interment with Military Honors will follow at New Calvary Cemetery, South Portland. Please visit for additional information and to sign Amedeo's guestbook.
If so desired, contributions may be made in his memory to:
St. Peter's Roman
Catholic Church, 72 Federal St.
Portland, ME 04101
Amedeo J. Reali
Jones, Rich & Hutchins
Funeral Home & Cremation Service

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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Jul. 24, 2010.
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54 entries
September 9, 2010
All my love. It was a privilege to know both father and son (John.)
Scott Enos
Scott Enos
September 6, 2010
Dad not a day or minute goes by when i am not thinking of you!! love your son Joseph
August 26, 2010
August 20, 2010
Happy Birthday Dad, the family misses you!
Paul Reali
August 6, 2010
We miss you dad

Paul Reali
August 5, 2010
To John & Family,
My sincere condolences go out to you & your family. I worked for you for 9 GREAT years.
Even though I did not have the chance to work with Amedeo that much, but when I did though, I saw a warm kindhearted man. Who enjoyed doing what he was doing, He always had a smile on when he came into the restaurant.
Curtis Abbe
July 29, 2010
I only just found out about your dear father, and know he will be missed. Please accept my condolences and my thoughts and prayers. Karen (Brown) Nadworny former employee of the Village Cafe
July 28, 2010
Anita is his love of his life.
Man with integrity, dedication, intelligence, generosity and gentle soul.
Eight kids he raised and he made Village Cafe flourished.
Devotion to Church and to his country never cease.
Each day he makes it fun and bright, he smiles and laugh.
One amazing human being, forever he will be remembered!

How I wish that I have more opportunity to create more memories with Dad Amedeo but just in short years of knowing him I'm amazed of his great character. I had a chance to witness the hundreds of people who paid respect to him during the wake and funeral, this reflects how he lived and how he touched so many lives in different ways including me. He welcomed me in the family with open arms. I will always remember him with a gentle soul, generous heart and full of life. I love hearing his stories of his family, the Village Cafe, his travel including when he was on military duty. One interesting thing that I found out is he went to the Philippines ahead of my husband Paul. He helped in defending our country. He is a man of intelligence and not shy of sharing his point of view. His love to Mom up to the end is very inspirational! I could not forget of how he looked at mom and how he hold her hands. He always smiles, he has a happy heart. Dad is such a great father that he raised beautiful 8 people. I thanked him for raising a very good man - my husband Paul. It's my pleasure to be part of the Reali family. You'll be missed. Mahal na Mahal Kita Dad (I love you so much) and you'll be forever in my heart. Love, Fe Reali
Fe Reali
July 27, 2010
Johnny,Joey and Family, One meets many people in their lives,and some people you never forget. Your father is a man I will never forget. The kindness and respect he showed to me and my family,through the years was so very nice.He was a gentleman. It was an honor to have known him. My sympathies,Scott Moran
Scott Moran
July 27, 2010
To the Reali family,
Our sincere sympathy to you all upon learning of your loss. Dan & I have many fond memories of some of our happiest times spent with family members and friends at the Village Cafe. Amedeo was indeed a Gentleman and would always come over to our table to say hello & welcome us in. Please know that your family is in our thoughts & prayers at this most sad time. God Bless.
Dan & Mary Sylvester
July 27, 2010
my cousin jimmy reali saw all 6 of amedeos sons standing in the funeral parlor and he said to us "you guys got some big shoes to fill here!! that to me sums up what people thought of my father!!he is in heaven with all his brothers and sisters and parents.god bless you dad!! joseph reali
July 27, 2010
Kari Yeager
July 26, 2010
With our Deepest Sympathy for the loss of your Father. We know the hurt and saddnes from the loss of a Dearly Loved Parent and our Hearts go out to You Mike and Your Family....Since My Mother Rosa first worked at the Village to the days I worked there and the friendship we hold dear...please know we are thinking of you at this time....
Domenic & Kelly Floridino
July 26, 2010
May the peace which comes from the memories of love shared, comfort you now and in the days ahead. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Amy (Piesik)Bouamout
July 26, 2010
Dear Michael and Joseph,
We were very sorry to hear about your father. Our thoughts are with you during this time. Take care.
Jason, Evan, Amy & Michael Kaplan
Michael Kaplan
July 25, 2010
To all the Reali family,Amedeo was a great husband and father. We are sure he will be missed greatly. All our thoughts and prayers for you all God bless you and may he always watch over all of you.

Steve and Beth
steven voce
July 25, 2010
July 25, 2010
Aunt Anita, my thoughts are prayers are with you and the family during this difficult time - may you find joy in all the memories. Take care and love you,
Merlene Hisler McIntire
July 25, 2010
So sorry to hear this very sad news. My thought are with your family during this time of sadness.
April May-Pajer
July 25, 2010
Dear Ann and family,
I am very sorry to hear of the loss of your father. My sincere sympathy goes to you and all of your loved ones during this difficult time. Take care.
Dave Bresnahan
July 25, 2010
Anita and your wonderful family. We are so sorry to learn of Amedeo's passing. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. Fred and I have enjoyed your company for years, especially, at our PHS CLASS REUNIONS. Fred met Amedeo at the NORTH GRAMMAR SCHOOL and have been friends many years. May your many loving memories, over these some 62 years, give you the love and support you will need.

July 25, 2010
Dear Anita and Family

May the God of Hope give you the fullness of peace and may the Lord of Life always be with you!

My deepest sympathy to you and the entire Reali family. Amedeo was indeed a faith-filled and devout man of God and truly left a deep and lasting impression upon the entire community. He will be dearly misssed!

I will always remember him for his kindness, his smile and his faithfulness to his family and community!

May his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God, rest in peace. AMEN.

With my prayers and sympathy,

Fr. Kevin
Fr. Kevin Martin
July 25, 2010
Patrick and I feel deep regret for the loss of your Dad. He was an icon in the Portland business community and his wonderful personality will always be remembered. While those he leaves behind will miss him, Heaven has gotten a heck of a great cook! Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Ann & Patrick Peoples
Ann & Patrick Peoples
July 25, 2010
I have many fond memories of the original Village--3 booths & bar stools. i would be sitting with my father in a booth on Saturday mornings while he drank Ballantine Ale and I had knee high orange soda!! Amadei, my Dad, Sam DiMatteo and a few others would go hunting for a week up country--so many old memories. We send our heartfelt condolences to your family.
John & Anne Colucci
John Colucci
July 25, 2010
I have many memories of the original Village--3 booths & bar stools. I would be sitting in a booth with my father on Saturday mornings; he drank Ballentine Ale on draft and I would have knee high orange soda! Amadei, my Dad, Sam DiMatteo and aa few others would also go hunting for a week once a year up country--so many memories. We send our heartfelt condolences to your family.
July 25, 2010
My sincere thoughts and prayers to the family....i worked for the Village Cafe for 12 years and loved working there. Amedeo was so funny and generous and careing and he will be missed. Everyone loved The Village and i still serve people today that used to frequent the Village and miss the food and family atmosphere. Please accept my deepest sympathy during this time of loss.
Christine Gendron
July 25, 2010
Dear Mike,
Our sincerest condolences to you and your family. We're thinking of you.
All our best,
John and Martha Price
July 25, 2010
I remember Mr.Reali as a child,wonderful man,sorry for your loss.May Mr.Reali R.I.P.
Mary Ruseell-Jeffrey(Botto)
July 25, 2010
you left such great memories and richness to so many of your friends and families lives!
Paul Reali
July 25, 2010
To the Reali family. Iam so sorry for you loss,Mr. Reali was a kind,gracious, and a very gentle man.I enjoyed working for him for many years, he will always have a special place in my heart. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Donna Pio-Buchanan
July 25, 2010
Dad you told me once if for not bad luck I woundn't have any at all.Well that is not true I had you for a father, That I have too say,I'm one of the LUCKEST sons in the world. I LOVE YOU DAD STEVEN
July 25, 2010
To my old friends, I am so sad for your loss. The restaurant and your family was an integral part of my youth.
Steve Neff
July 25, 2010
My deepest sympathy to you Steve and to your mother and family, at your dad's passing. You spoke of him with such love and respect always. He was blessed with a loving son and family. There is no greater gift on earth than that blessing.
Ann Smith
July 25, 2010
Annie, Bill & family,
Annie I am so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May you find comfort in all of the wonderful memories.
Love Becki & Lee
July 25, 2010
My thoughts and my prayers goes out to the Reali family,it was an honor and a pleasure to have known and worked with Amedeo he was a funny and generous man,again my thoughts are with you all.
Lisa Brochu
July 24, 2010
Mr. Reali was a gentleman of the old school. My own beloved mother is gone now, but whenever we had a special occasion, it was always 'The Village'. May your dear father rest in peace, although I'm sure the cooking is now better in heaven!
Anne-Marie Watson
July 24, 2010
To the Reali Family.
YOu are in my thoughts and prayers at this time of loss in your life. I remember going to the Village Cafe. I had my baby shower there 7 years ago. You all were great. RIP Ameedeo.
Lisa Nickerson
July 24, 2010
my prayers are with your family
terrance dinsmore
July 24, 2010
Anita and all the family:
I am very sorry for your loss. I know the feelings you are going through. I am very sorry that I can't be there with you, but Frankie will be. I am in Japan for 15 students. My throughts and prayers are with you all. I love you all. I am glad to be part of your family.
Cammy and Frankie Reali
Frank & Cammy Reali
July 24, 2010
he was a great man who gave me a chance when no one else would he was a man of integrity and compassion my prayers are with the boys
harry dinsmore
July 24, 2010
Mr. Reali:
Working for you was a pleasure...knowing you was an honor. May the Lord bring peace to the entire Reali family.
Bill Harris
July 24, 2010
To the Reali family my thoughts and prayers are with you all. I have many fond memories of your father and my time growing up at the village your father and the boys were like my second family we all loved your father john dubail
John Dubail
July 24, 2010
My dad was the kindest most gentle man I have ever known. I am so thankful we had as much time with him as we did. He was always there for us and for others he did not even know. Dad you are going to be missed and will always be in our hearts! Love you Dad! Maria
Maria Reali
July 24, 2010
my dear brother paul and to your family, condolence from all of us here in the Phil.we wish we we're there to be with you in this kind of situation.dont worry my sister fe will take good care of you always.God bless you.
July 24, 2010
Paul & Fe,
My heart and thoughts are with both of you and your family. If you need anything I'm here for you.
July 24, 2010
All of you have been on my mind for the past couple weeks. So I was shocked to see that your Dad was gone. I have so many memories of your family from my time spent in Maine. And although he was busy at the Village he is so much a part of those memories. I will always hold dear in my heart the times in your home and at the camp. He and Aunt Elena are watching over all of you.
Deb (Harris) Shilling
July 24, 2010
Annie,my heart is with you and Bill.
Love, Bert
July 24, 2010
You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Your husband and father was such a wonderful man who will be missed. My deepest sympathy to you all.
Kelly Dyer Pemberton
July 24, 2010
Our sincere sympathy:

Albert (Sonny) & Alta (Minervino) Aceto
Albert & Alta Aceto
July 24, 2010
You dont measure a man by his height but aby his smile,wisdom and wit. Amedeo had it all.I realy enjoyed his company at Camp Wapiti and will never forget the man. God Bless you Amedeo and family.Frank Ramelli
July 24, 2010

I am so sorry to read of your Dad's passing. What a wonderful tribute.

I am so thankful for the years we
worked together. You were such a joy.

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Candi Bertran
July 23, 2010
wish i couldve gotten to say goodbye, wish i knew you were sick. all my love with you grampy.
Alana Reali
July 23, 2010
I'm so sorry for the loss of you Dad, he was such a wonderful gentle man!!! I have so many fond memories of him that I will forever hold close to my heart. With heartfelt sorrow, Dorothy
Dorothy DiSanto Morrell
July 23, 2010
"The only thing you take with you when you're gone is what you leave behind."

Dad what you left behind is something your family and friends will cherish forever! You was a gentle and caring man, always giving to others and NEVER expecting anything in return. You loved and adored mom till the very end! I wish I could be the QUARTER of a man you was! I love you and you'll always will be my hero and a legend to your family and friend.

Your son Paul and Fe Reali
Paul Reali
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