Vito F. Biancardi

Vito F. Biancardi

On August 24, 2017 at approximately 1:45pm Rosalia (wife), Teresa & Gina (daughters), Bianca, Cristina, Giulia & Sofia (granddaughters) lost our life-long hero, Vito Biancardi, to an eight-month battle with Pancreatic Cancer. A disease that visibly ate up the strongest man we’ve ever known to the point of no return.

Every day our Dear Papie/Nonno Vito became weaker, frailer, full of pain and overall very sick.  His rapid decline in health was devastating for him, and equally devastating for all of us to witness. But he gave it a stellar fight up until his last breath.  He is now resting in eternal peace in the Kingdom of the Lord and already deeply missed.

You started working at a very young age in the mountains of Campagna, self –taught, and a wealth of knowledge on every manual skill and topic from home renovation to soldering, plumbing, electric work, gardening, politics, religion, business, opera, stained glass, and so much more.

You spent your weekdays on many New York City streets, splicing cables in and out of manholes and in and out of dangerous train tracks. And you spent your evenings and weekends in the smoldering kitchen of Maestros Caterers Prepping food for thousands of parties. You’d easily clock in 80 hours a week of hard physical labor, and this went on non-stop for 30 years….. How did you do it?

Our Dear Papie & Nonno, we know that you are watching over us and protecting us from above. And until we reunite again someday, we want you to hear us recall all the life lessons you taught us for which we are infinitely grateful:

You taught us to be warm, loving, welcoming and hospitable, but also to fend for ourselves and to be tough and strong when appropriate.

You taught us to treat everyone with the utmost respect……for as long as they reciprocate the same respect.

You taught us to speak up and state our opinions, but also to respect others’ opinions.

You taught us to love and care for animals, especially Dear Eskie who lies with you in peace

You taught us to love nature, and Campagna and Ocha Beach, which we later realized was actually Orchard beach.

You taught us how to grow a grapevine, and how to mow the hedges, and how to fix a hole in our bicycle’s tire.

You taught us how to make wine and jar tomatoes and smoke salami.

You taught us about organic fruits and vegetables long before today’s organic craze ever began with your bountiful garden full of tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini, parsley, figs, peaches, persimmons and more.

You taught us that if something brakes, fix it… need to go out and get a new one.

You taught us the value of a dollar and not to spend that hard earned dollar so freely.

You taught us the value of education, something that no one can ever take away from you.

You taught us to work really hard and never give up, only then will all your dreams come true. There’s no quick fix to accomplishment, it only comes through blood, sweat and tears.

You taught us to be honest and humble, and always do the right thing by others.

You taught us that it’s not about what you have, but about who you are.

You taught us to give to those less fortunate then us and also help out when you can, without ever expecting anything in return.

You taught us that the world is full of good and bad people no matter what his/her color, race, creed or religion.

You taught us about two kinds of people in this world: the givers and the takers. Which one do you want to be remembered as?

You taught us to celebrate life when you can, no such thing as too many parties to share a special occasion with family and friends.

You taught us never to think you know it all, and never stop learning.

You taught us to stay informed on what’s going on in the world, to keep up with politics and to have your voice be heard.

You taught us about unwavering commitment and unconditional love to your spouse, as you and mommy were married for 55 years.

You taught us to be able to pay our bills before they come in the mail, not after.

You taught us the importance of family values and traditions, they keep you grounded.

You taught us that no matter what the circumstances, family comes first and to be there for Sunday dinner, every holiday, birthday, anniversary, graduation, and other family get-togethers.

You taught us about the blood of our blood, simply by taking us to Italy many times to be with our grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. That gave us a sense of who we are and where we come from, which helped shape who we are today.

You taught us that if you want something done right, do it yourself.

You taught us to slap the back of the refrigerator three times and it finally stops making that awful noise.

You taught us how to eat spaghetti with a fork and a spoon.

You taught us how to hold the knife properly so no one gets hurt.

You taught us to take care of Mommy, and we promise you that we will.

Thank you Papie and Nonno Vito! We love you now and forever……

From your daughters and granddaughters!

Visiting will be Monday 2-4 & 7-9pm at Joseph A. Lucchese Funeral Home, 726 Morris Park Avenue, Bronx. Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday 10am at Holy Rosary Church, 1510 Adee Avenue, Bronx. Entombment will follow at Ferncliff Cemetery, 280 Secor Road, Hartsdale.


  • Joanne Ciccone Posted August 27, 2017 2:16 pm

    Dear Biancardi Girls: The above obituary is extremely touching. You girls are so loving and smart. My heart is breaking for all of you especially for my niece, Cristina, and Mrs. Rosalia Biancardi. Mr. Biancardi adored his wife, children and grandchildren and he was and is adored by them in return. Even the dog adored him a great deal. Mr. Biancardi was a man with a great soul, heart and intelligence. He is a tremendous loss to his wife, daughters and granddaughters besides the rest of his family and anyone else who knew him.

    Rosalia, I wish I could take your pain away and I’m so sorry that I can’t see you in person. May God bless you with courage at this time. You were all so lucky to have him in your lives; and I’m so sorry for your loss, but now it is God’s turn to have him. You are all in my prayers and may Mr. Biancardi rest in peace.

    Joanne Ciccone, Sal’s sister and Cristina’s aunt

  • Joanne Ciccone Posted August 27, 2017 4:09 pm

    Dear sister-in-law Teresa:

    I know how hard you and your sister, Gina, worked to find a cure for your father’s disease; and how attentive you were to his needs besides taking care of your mother at the same time. I know that you, Teresa, were with your parents 24/7 taking care of them. Your sacrifices were not in vain. God wanted him now. There’s a special place in your father’s soul for both of you; and he is with you now and always.

    Your sister-in-law, Joanne Ciccone

  • Mary Fardella Posted August 28, 2017 8:40 am

    Beautiful tribute to a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, uncle, cousin etc. Angelo, Vinnie, my husband and myself will see you and your family tonight. Al Junior meeting us there. Love you guys. Stay strong as these are emotional times but you as we do have many wonderful and beautiful memories to help you all through these rough times❤

  • Michelle falciano-candela Posted August 28, 2017 8:43 am

    To our Dear Rosalia, Teresa, Gina and family, Le nostre sentite condoglianze. Vi vogliamo tanto bene. Caro Vito resta in pace e dormi sull le ali degli angeli. Le nostre preghiere sono con tutti voi.🙏

  • Jamie colasacco Posted August 28, 2017 9:00 am

    One of the proudest hard working man I have ever known. I will miss your smile. God bless your soul

  • Roselle Farina Hecht Posted August 28, 2017 10:38 am

    Vito was a good husband and father. His imprint on the world is reflected in his children and grandchildren. He started with so little and leaves us with a wonderful footprint of his journey. I know how much he will be missed by his family. I hope the family finds comfort in the wonderful memories you have of him

  • teresa biancardi – papa Posted August 28, 2017 10:49 am

    La morte non e’ niente,e’ il passaggio dall’altra parte :
    e’ come fossi nella stanza accanto.
    Ci guardi,ci ascolti,ci rimproveri e sorridi come sai fare tu,e vuoi che la pace regni siìu tutti noi.
    Un abbraccio ed un ultimo bacio tua Teresa…………

  • teresa biancardi – papa Posted August 28, 2017 11:06 am

    Ci guardi, ci ascolti, ci rimproveri e sorridi come sai fare tu, e vuoi che la pace regni su tutti noi.
    Un abbraccio e un ultimo bacio tua Teresa …………

  • Gina Tarantino DiGirolamo Posted August 28, 2017 11:46 am

    It is so evident reading this obituary that all of the wisdom that comes from your Father/Grandfather is to be cherished always! The life lessons from our Grandparents are priceless & no amount of paid for education can measure up to these beautiful sentiments that are left behind. I personally have been lucky enough to experience the wisdom, strength, & the most valuable lessons my grandparents left behind. Growing up, I always felt privileged to have been born Italian & it is because I was taught that above all else…family is first. Our Grandparents, Parents, understood what it meant to build a life from scratch & to work hard! This is a beautiful tribute to your Father/Grandfather & it speaks volumes of the man that he was even if we’ve never met him! May he rest in eternal peace! Our condolences to the entire family!
    Gina Tarantino DiGirolamo & Family

  • Arlene DiMarco Posted August 28, 2017 12:17 pm

    Unfortunately I never had the pleasure of meeting your dad/Nono. I was, however, able to view the love!, kindness and family values that all of you shared through Christina and my grandson Stephen on Facebook. I was usually treated to grand pictures of Nonno gathered with his family on many different occasions. What joy he exuded in those pictures with his family. He stood as a presence to his beautiful family. May God bless all of you and take solace in the fact that “He has not left you, he is just away”. Many blessings! 🙏🙏

  • Antonio Biancardi Posted August 28, 2017 1:53 pm


  • Esterita Biancardi Posted August 28, 2017 7:52 pm

    Zio Vito mi ha sempre ricordato mio padre con lui avevo ritrovato quell’affetto che solo un padre sa dare piu’ che uno zio…perdere anche lui e’ stato per me come perdere due volte mio padre sono quei dolori che non ti togli mai dalla pelle…sono stata felice e fiera di averlo rivisto ed ero felice di sentirlo al telefono poteva parlarmi per ore aveva sempre tanto da raccontare..adesso non solo mi mancheranno le lunghe conversazioni al telefono mi manchera’ ancora di piu’ mio padre con lui se ne va’ un grande pezzo della mia vita…ti portero’ sempre nel mio cuore zio Vito …ti voglio un mondo di bene..

  • Andrea Biancardi Posted August 29, 2017 3:06 pm

    Caro zio Vito,dopo una vita interamente dedicata alla famiglia e al lavoro,marito e padre esemplare,hai lasciato ai figli un’eredità di fede e di amore proprio come mio padre. Mi mancheranno le nostre lunghe telefonate,pronunciare il tuo nome e sentire te dall’altra parte del telefono…Vorrei in questo momento avvicinarmi a te e dirti che comunque ti voglio bene,ti ho sempre voluto bene… So che le parole non servono ad alleviare il dolore in momenti come questo,ma il mio cuore è con voi. Ti voglio bene zio,Riposa in pace. Tuo nipote Andrea Biancardi e famiglia

  • Ryan Finnerty Posted August 29, 2017 8:40 pm

    It was such a wonderful pleasure having met Zio Vito and the rest of the Biancardi family. Zio Vito was a wonderful man and has such a beatiful family to be proud of. I will always remember the time we spent together and am thankful for the truely authentic Italian wisdom that he shared with me and my family.
    Ti volgio bene,

  • cristina montuori Posted August 30, 2017 3:09 am

    Ciao zio vito!!

    • cristina montuori Posted August 30, 2017 3:19 am

      Caro zio Vito la tua scomparsa mi ha lasciato senza parole! Non ti dimenticherò mai ! Le nostre chiacchierate e i bei momenti passati insieme. Lasci alla tua famiglia un ‘ eredità basata sull amore per la famiglia rispetto serietà e onestà e ti stimavo tanto per questo. Ti vedevo come una persona invincibile ma ora che non ci sei più RIPOSA in pace grande uomo! Con amore, cristina e famiglia!

  • Maria c Posted August 30, 2017 9:49 am

    Beautiful words. You have captured your dad in a most touching and poignant way. Maria Calvelli

  • Francesco Esposito Posted August 30, 2017 1:53 pm

    Le parole non bastano per poter esprimere il dolore di tale perdita. Non sarebbe saggio aggrapparsi ad esse per poter star meglio, ma possiamo sempre aggrapparci al ricordo della persona cara per far sì che riviva sempre, non solo nel nostro cuore, ma anche nei nostri ricordi. Solo così, una persona non verrà mai dimenticata. Il ricordo di zio Vito, sarà sempre acceso in me. Con queste poche, ma semplici parole, spero di potervi dare tutto il mio supporto in un momento così buio che, purtroppo, fa parte del cerchio della vita. Con immenso affetto vi mando le mie più sentite condoglianze e un caloroso abbraccio. Che la memoria di zio possa rinnovarsi ogni giorno attraverso un mio, nostro e un vostro pensiero.
    Antonietta, Sara, Paolo Antonio e Francesco

  • Edward DeGorter Posted August 31, 2017 6:30 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss and that I was not aware to pay my respects. The thoughts you have written here tell of a wonderful man, and one I wish I had the pleasure of knowing.

    Good people pass away; the godly often die before their time.
    But no one seems to care or wonder why.
    No one seems to understand
    that God is protecting them from the evil to come.
    For those who follow godly paths
    will rest in peace when they die. – Isaiah 57:1-2

    God Bless you and your family,

    Ed DeGorter
    Knight of Columbus

  • micheal castaldo Posted August 31, 2017 11:44 pm

    An obituary of a life well lived from a smart man who was a giver. Mr. Biancardi always treated me kindly and with respect the few times we met. it was an honor and privilege to sing during the funeral mass to help Gina and the entire Biancardi family begin to grieve, heal, find hope and grace. we will continue our prayers for your family.

  • Betty Posted September 7, 2017 6:31 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. May the words of our loving heavenly Father bring your family comfort and strength during this most difficult time as He promises to bring our loved ones back to life in a perfect world where there will be no more suffering or death (John 5:28-29 & Revelation 21:4).

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