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…..no 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.