Emilio L Ervolino

September 29, 1926January 9, 2021

Emilio L Ervolino, age 94, of West Babylon, New York passed away on Saturday, January 9, 2021. Emilio was born September 29, 1926 in Brooklyn, NY.

Emilio is survived by his sons Bill and Donald Ervolino, daughter-in-law Joyce; and granddaughter Talia Ervolino.

Emilio was preceded in death by his wife Louise Ervolino.

A graveside service for Emilio will be held Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 10:00 AM at St Charles Cemetery, 2010 Wellwood Ave, Farmingdale, New York 11735. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Ervolino family.


  • Donald Ervolino, Son
  • William Ervolino, Son
  • Talia Ervolino, Granddaughter
  • Louise Ervolino, Wife (deceased)


  • Graveside Service

    Wednesday, January 13, 2021


Emilio L Ervolino

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Wendy Del Piano

January 15, 2021

Dear Uncle,
I will never forget the opportunity I had to transcribe your beautiful story, "Farm of the Beautiful Seven Angels" which took place in Rome, Italy. I was so excited to give a bound copy of it to you on Christmas Eve 2011.
I know you are with more than Seven Angels, one being Aunt Louis.
Love and miss you
Your niece by marriage, Wendy

Kathy Banfield

January 14, 2021

I never met Mr Ervolino in person. But thanks to Bill Ervolins writings in the Bergen Record, I felt as if the entire Ervolino family were related to my own clan. May both Emilio and Louise rest in the Lord's peace and love.

Irene Fortuna

January 14, 2021

Although I never personally met Emilio, I saw him with Louise and family at Barnes & Noble in Paramus in 1997. Through Bill's column and book, Emilio and Louise became personal friends to so many readers. Thank you, Bill, for sharing your family with us. You and they will always live in our hearts.

Nancy Evans

January 14, 2021

I met Mr. Ervolino when he visited the library and was immediately captivated by his engaging personality and delightful sense of humor. He returned with his son a short time later with handmade bouquets of silk flowers for the staff and my heart was truly touched. Meeting him was a bright spot in a dark year and we were so looking forward to future visits. My sincere condolences to his family and friends.

Diane Chervony

January 13, 2021

Sending my sincerest sympathy to the Ervolino family on the loss of Emilio. Although I never met either of your parents Bill, through your columns, I feel as though I knew them. Your stories told your readers about a very loving and funny family, a good life that they made for you and Don. May he Rest In God’s Eternal Peace.

Trish Frisbie

January 13, 2021

I have followed the Ervolino family from Bill's column's and enjoyed, laughed and reminisced about Italian family life through them. Louise's "Easter pie," recipe is still in my recipe box. The escapades, the traditions, and the love that this family has was one to revere. I felt so bad when Louise died, like a relative of mine did.. Always wondered how Emilio would fare afterward, but was relieved to see Bill n Don n Talia taking such good care of him. Thank you Bill for sharing your parent's love and may their love forever remain alive in you.

Fran Laskey

January 13, 2021

Condolences and heartfelt sympathy to the entire Ervolino family. Emilio and Louise became "extended family" through their son Bill's columns in the Bergen Record. The family exemplified what every family yearns to be. Emilio will be missed, but through Bill's continuing narration so of family events from the past, his memory will live on.

Pat Maxwell

January 13, 2021

My deepest condolences to you and your family. Thank you for posting these wonderful photographs. You were so fortunate to have had him in your lives for all these years. He looked like a fun guy.

Gerry McConkey

January 13, 2021

My sincerest condolences to Bill, Don Joyce and Talia. Reading stories written by Bill were my favorite sections of The Record. Particularly descriptions of your family holidays. The memories you all made with Emilio and Louise will always be with you. May he rest in peace with his Louise.

Nancy Bielen

January 13, 2021

I was a devoted reader of Bill’s columns when he was at The Record, and I got to know Emilio and Louise in that manner. We laughed and cried reading those columns. My deepest condolences to Don, Bill and Talia. May Emilio Rest In Peace.


Time flies. Talia turned Sweet 16 and Grandpa and Grandma were thrilled. The party was huge and everyone had a wonderful time.


On vacation in Phoenix in the '90s with unnamed friends.


Dad's childhood home on Warwick Street in East New York, Brooklyn.


Emilio the sailor man during World War II. Eats his spinach, nothing happens. (Dad LOVED his time in the U.S. Navy. And he loved Popeye cartoons and "Victory at Sea.")


On leave.


Emilio's father John.


Carmela Ervolino Fusco, Dad's sister. A beautiful heart. And she made a mean goulash.


Emilio's oldest brother Joe. ("The Taskmaster.") Served in the Army during WWII. Lived in Brooklyn and Spring Valley, NY before he retired. He lived to be 91.


Michael Ervolino, a happy guy who died way too young.


Emilio Louis Ervolino of West Babylon, N.Y. died on January 9, 2021 of natural causes. He was 94.

A child of the Depression, Emilio grew up in the East New York section of Brooklyn. He enlisted in the Navy at the age of 18, and spent the major part of his hitch — during the end of World War II — in and around Hawaii at Pearl Harbor and the Johnston Islands.

He met his future wife, Louise DelPiano, when he returned from the service. She was a new neighbor and he immediately asked her out. Three weeks later, he proposed. They married, two years later, in 1948.

Emilio worked as a logistics manager for several major companies including General Electric, Graybar and Shell Oil.

He and his wife moved to Rosedale, Queens in the mid-1950s and had two children, Bill and Donald. Bill became a newspaper reporter and columnist, writing for the New York Times, Daily News, New York Post and The Bergen Record, as well as several national magazines.

Donald, a successful businessman, is the owner-operator of South Bay Collision and Clear FX, both in West Babylon, Long Island, where the family moved in 1972.

Emilio retired from Shell in 1990 and continued to enjoy his favorite pastimes — traveling, dining out, gardening, movies and TV, playing cards and entertaining.

His beloved wife Louise passed in 2016 at the age of 88.

Emilio is survived by his sons, his daughter-in- law Joyce Simeone Ervolino and his grandchild Talia Ervolino as well as many nieces and nephews.

He was buried in a private ceremony on January 13, 2021 at St. Charles Cemetery in Farmingdale, N.Y.

In lieu of flowers, his family requested that donations be made to their local food pantry.