Angelo Avena - RIP

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Angelo Avena

November 08, 1927 - November 03, 2021

Angelo Avena, 93, son of immigrant parents, Paolo and Antonina Avena from Sicily, was born on November 8, 1927, in New York City, and passed away peacefully after a long battle with cancer on November 3, 2021.

Angelo is survived by wife/life partner Maria Avena (nee Jarosz) of 45 years; four children living in the Ft. Worth, TX area; Paul Avena (wife Candy), Michele Avena, Suzanne Avena, and Gavin Reece; grandson, Jeffrey Avena of Dallas, TX; brother, Gus Avena of Woodbury, NY; brother-in-laws; William Jarosz and (wife Phyllis) of Kernersville, NC and Dennis Jarosz of Wilmington, NC; nephews; Paul Avena, Michael Avena and Christopher Avena; cousin; Gus Pisano and family of Queens, NY; many nieces and nephews.

After graduation from Richmond Hill HS, Queens, NY, at age17 he was a Cadet at the United States Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, NY. As a midshipman, he sailed around the world on a troop transport ship, SS Marine Devil.

After his naval tour, he attended St. John's University and graduated from Brooklyn Law School.

During the Korean War campaign, he was drafted into the US Army and assigned to the Judge Advocate General and the 43rd Criminal Investigation Division (CID) of the Military Police, Ft, Hood, TX. He proudly served his country. In 1951, after military service, he married his first wife and raised four children on Long Island, Bayville, NY.

He ultimately chose to go into his own private law practice after having been associated with Allstate and other leading insurance agencies and law partnerships. He worked diligently in his legal profession. He also served as Acting Police Justice of the Village of Bayville, Nassau County, New York, and was a member of the New York State Magistrates Association. He was honored for his 50 years membership with the Nassau County Bar Association and for his dedicated service to the legal profession.

In 1980, he retired after 30 years from his private law practice and moved to West Palm Beach, FL, where he became associated with the Folding Shutter Corp. and was embraced by the Hemstreet family, the owners of the company--who loved his enthusiasm and work ethic.

Angelo had many interests, but his passion was the AMERICAN SONG BOOK and music performed by the bands and artists of the Swing era. Playing his piano gave him joy to no end. He often found himself perusing his library of music and jazz books. At one time, he also had a great interest in guitar and had had a prized-original D'Aquisto New Yorker guitar. Along with music, he loved sports and was an avid tennis player, winning many club doubles championships in Wellington, West Palm Beach, FL. When he had lived in Ormond Beach, FL, he was a member of the Trails Tennis Club.

In the twilight of his life and not able to participate in sports, he was big on spectator sports and a boxing enthusiast. He often watched Turner Classic Movies to pass the time and would enjoy sharing Hollywood trivia from the Golden Age.

He genuinely cared about people and was concerned about world events. People were drawn to him because of his charismatic nature.

Both Angelo and his parents were aware of the Red Cross's presence involved in humanitarian work where needed in time of crises here and abroad. As a tribute to his parents Paolo and Antonina (Sutera) Avena, he donated to the American Red Cross in their honor and memory and was presented the Gold Seal Certificate of Appreciation.

Simply said, Angelo was special to his children and those closest to him.

Angelo loved the Lord and passed peacefully at the Stuart F. Meyer Hospice House, Palm Coast, FL.

A Mass of Christian burial celebrating Angelo's life, will be held at a later date at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church.

In lieu of flowers, a donation to the charity of your choice made in his name, the American Red Cross or to the Stuart F. Meyer Hospice House, Palm Coast, FL.

The family of Mr. Avena entrusted the arrangements to Clymer Funeral Home & Cremations.

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