OBITUARY

Anthony Ajello III

July 13, 1937November 28, 2018
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Anthony J. Ajello was born in New York City and was the younger of one other, his older sister Della and both were raised in the Bronx and would vacation in Sheepshead Bay Brooklyn during the summers. Dad entered into the United States Navy at age 18 and saw the world at a young age. Being stationed in Naples, Italy with his cousin Jerry Lagala who also joined the Navy they experienced life unlike young millennials today.

When Anthony returned to NY he joined the family candle business, Ajello Candles which was a well established business that many generations before him started back in Italy around 1775. The family business were known world wide amongst aristocrats, celebrities and world travelers who wanted their candles from Ajello, which in those days everyone had to have a butcher, a baker and a Candlestick maker. The business came over to NY in 1889 by Anthony's Grandfather, Antonino Ajello who put them on the map here in the states and gathered well known celebrity status amongst the rich and famous. The company made candles for Kings & Queens, Duke's and Duchesses alike.

Anthony was brought up working in the candles business and eventually going on his own opening several retail stores including a location in the famous Waldorf Astoria in NY which at the time was the only luxury hotel in the City and anyone with clout or fame stayed in the towers and bought their candles from Ajello Candles. Anthony's clientele ranged from the American Presidents, Richard Nixon to Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, Phillis Diller, etc..

Anthony had a larger than life personality, a strong love for family and very proud of his Italian heritage. He met his wife Ann Lisella at one of the Ajello Candle factories as she was the tour guide for the company. The factories were something to see and compared to something out of a story like "Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory", elaborate and fun place. Anthony and Ann married and raised four sons in the suburbs of NJ and were popular couple amongst friends and family as they always entertained and brought love and laughter to all. His entrepreneur spirit got him involved with investing in many pieces of real estate including oceanfront homes & apartment buildings.

After raising the sons, life changed with a divorce and Anthony established residency in South Florida where he would spend the rest of his life their really enjoying the sunny lifestyle. His sons eventually all moved down in the area and set up new lives for themselves as well. Anthony always enjoyed Ballroom Dancing, making candles, bringing smiles to all as well as listening to his favorite music by Frank Sinatra who he knew well. His old time celebrity customers would still contact him for his lovely handmade candles and would deliver in their Palm Beach homes.

Anthony was a great swimmer and taught everyone in our family and friends how to swim and dive as he loved the water. What Anthony loved most were his four sons. He was a very proud man and always talked about his brilliant and amazing sons.

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, December 9, 2018
  • Visitation Sunday, December 9, 2018
  • Graveside Service Monday, December 10, 2018
REMEMBERING

Anthony Ajello III

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Angela Kazimir

December 8, 2018

Dear Tony, Andy, Steve, and Pete....so sorry to hear about your dad. He loved you guys and you all took great care of him in these final years. Know that he is at peace and pain-free in Heaven! Will always remember the silly conversations and some dancing with my pal, “Babycakes”. Wish I could be there for the services but please know I’m with you in prayer. Love, Ang

Jay Shortway

December 5, 2018

Huge condolences on Pop! I am so sorry, he was a great man! Hang in there, u need anything I'm here for u guys! I loved Pop❤️

Jeffrey & Tina Kranitz

December 5, 2018

We are very sorry to hear about your dad, our condolences to you and your family. Mr.A was a true Soldier. Here is the candle he made for our wedding ❤️ One of a kind

Helen Kimball

December 5, 2018

Mr. Ajello, a Bronx Guy, I'm a Bronx Gal. Met him many times while he visited Steve and the Grandsons. A wonderful, Hearty Man, Great Smile and Kind Heart. He will be missed. Love Helen & Ron Kimball

Carol Holloway

December 5, 2018

So sorry ...Your Dad was one of my favorite cousins!! We had many funny, silly summers at Sheeps Head Bay with Aunt Anna and Uncle Tony. May God guide you through this sad time....Prayers and love....💜💜🙏🙏💜💜

Linda Emond

December 5, 2018

You were blessed with a wonderful Father and I know you all took great care of him. We are sadden by the news and offer our deepest sympathy to you and your family 🙏🏻

Mary Margaret Corey

December 5, 2018

Oh Peter, Ralph and I are so sorry for your loss. He was so proud of his "men"( he call all of you as kids. He did a fantastic job raising you. May he RIP. Thank you for sharing pictures.

Lisa Lempken Lebow

December 5, 2018

Sending love, and condolences...my mom, Virginia Lemken, loved her cousin very much, and there is no doubt they are dancing in heaven now🙏🙏

Robert Sealy

December 5, 2018

Pete, Steve, Tony and Andy...So sorry to hear that your father passed away. I have great memories of him. Such a nice man, full of energy and enthusiasm for life. I will never forget how willing he was to help me find a place to live in Florida in the late 80's. You don't forget when someone goes out of their way to help you. May he rest in peace.

Tristin Ajello Herlihy

December 5, 2018

My heart is heavy & love all the memories he had with everyone & his grandchildren! Baby cakes will always be with us! His dancing & love will always be cherished! 🙏💕