AGE: 59 • Shrewsbury
Silvio Fabbri, 59, of Shrewsbury, died Wednesday, November 26, 2014. He was born in Monte di Procida Italy and immigrated to the US in 1976. Silvio served in the Italian Navy on the Amerigo Vespucci, an Italian training ship. From 1976 to 1984 he worked in various pizzerias along the Jersey Shore honing his pizza making skills. In January 1984 Silvio began working for Umberto's Restaurant in Fair Haven. He and his brother Michele purchased the business in 1991 and operated it along with his family until the time of his death.
Silvio married his beloved wife MaryRose nee Katzer in 1987. He was an avid soccer fan continually following his favorite team Internazionale from Milan. Silvio had a knack for creating his own poetry which always put a smile on people's faces. He also had a unique gift of remembering peoples last names and upon entering Umberto's, that's how many were welcomed. He was a kind generous man who gave to all who expressed the need. A special town event or a family or friend in need, Silvio was there and did so without wanting anything in return. He loved the many friends he had made over the years at Umberto's, and that love was reciprocated by all. One of his great joys was teaching children the art of pizza making. During Super Storm Sandy, Silvio and Michele remained open without electricity using only gas to ensure that the people of Fair Haven, and surrounding towns and all emergency personnel had a hot meal when it was needed. Silvio was known as the unofficial welcoming committee to the newcomers of Fair Haven, many have recognized him as the first person they met after moving to town.
He was a devoted husband, father, brother, and uncle to dozens of nieces and nephews. Silvio was predeceased by loving parents Antonio and Filomena Fabbri, He is survived by his wife MaryRose, His son Anthony, and future daughter in law Melanie DeFranco, his brother Michele and his wife Lucia, and his devoted nephew Tony.
Visitation will be Tuesday 2-4 & 7-9pm at The Thompson Memorial Home, 310 Broad St Red Bank, Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Wednesday 11am at The Church of The Nativity, 180 Ridge Rd, Fair Haven, Burial will be private. Donations to Friends of Silvio, PO Box 8097, Red Bank, NJ 07701 are preferred.
Published by Asbury Park Press from Nov. 30 to Dec. 1, 2014.