February 2, 1936 – June 3, 2021
Louis Padovano of Brooklyn, NY on June 3, 2021. Beloved husband of the late Maryann. Loving father of Diane & Michael Baldino, Stephen & Joann Padovano, Lorraine & Anthony Masi and Carmine & Lucy Padovano. Dear grandfather of Christine Baldino, Lisa Campbell, Stephen Padovano, Dana D'Iorio, Anthony Masi Jr., Nicholas Masi, Joseph Baldino, Matthew Padovano, Thomas Masi, Robert Padovano, Stephanie Padovano, Nicole Padovano and Michael Padovano. Cherished great-grandfather of Michael Campbell, Gianna Campbell, Mia Campbell, Christian D'Iorio, Anthony Baldino, Ava Baldino, Lily D'Iorio, Gianni Masi and Hudson Baldino. Reposing Sunday, 2-7 pm at the CUSIMANO & RUSSO FUNERAL HOME, 2005 West 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY. Funeral Mass Monday, 10:45 am at Sts. Simon & Jude Roman Catholic Church. Interment to follow in Holy Cross Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY. The family has requested that you consider making a memorial donation to:
Columbia University's Seymour, Paul and Gloria Milstein Division of Cardiology (Make checks payable to The Trustees of Columbia University) and send it to: Jamie Bienstock Executive Director of Development Columbia University Irving Medical Center College of Physicians and Surgeons Building 630 West 168th Street Office of Development, 2nd Floor, Room 421 New York, NY 10032
The American Heart Association
- Columbia Heart Surgery
Sunday, June 6, 2021
Monday, June 7, 2021
Monday, June 7, 2021
Lorraine Padovano Masi
June 7, 2021
Eulogy for Louis Padovano
Thank you all for being here today. It is very difficult to stand here and try to capture what my Dad means to each and everyone one of us. Our father had many titles in his life; son, brother, husband, uncle, father, grandfather, and even great-grandfather. But above all, he was my hero.
Louis Padovano was born into a simple Italian family of two sisters and one brother. At a young age, he met the love of his life, selling fruit off of a truck on the streets of Brooklyn. One day out came Maryann Mazzarisi and the two fell in love; ultimately marrying and settling down together.
Everyone knew that he had the strength of a bull and he could appear rough around the edges, with a deep strong voice and a tough exterior. Our neighbors often thought that my dad was yelling at them, until they came to realize that was just the way he spoke. My mother, a good strong woman with a sense of humor and a laugh that would light up the room, was able to help soften those edges.
Like the woodworking crafts he would often make, she helped to reveal the softer side and the big heart he had. In fact, my father had such a big heart that he ultimately outgrew his first one and received a heart transplant, his second heart gave him a new life that would give us many more cherished years.
Together, my mom and dad raised 4 children in a warm loving home. They made us feel safe and secure, even in very difficult times. Growing up, my parents had an open-door policy; there wasn’t a meal that went by without the doorbell ringing and someone coming in and ultimately joining us for dinner. Before cell-phones, my dad had his own way of reaching us. He would stand outside the door and whistle. We knew if we heard his whistle from blocks away that it was time for us to come home.
Lorraine Padovano Masi
June 7, 2021
Every Sunday was macaroni and fresh Italian bread. It was a simple life; they didn’t have the most but my dad always made us feel provided for and it was perfect for us. My dad was an inspiration to us because of the strong values he and my mom lived: the importance of family above all, doing everything with your heart, and to always keep your name clean.
Our dad could make the most out of simple things and turned them into much more. He took a few buckets of soil and turned them into a beautiful vegetable garden in Brooklyn. I remember the smell of basil, fresh vegetables, huge eggplants that the entire neighborhood would enjoy. That is how I will remember my dad, and it is comforting to know that he is in heaven now. I can see him working on his garden alongside my mother with a glass of wine, our grandparents and other loved ones we’ve lost. They are all smiling down on us.
My father gave us such a strong foundation, one which we carried on to our children and now grandchildren. We all carry his spirit and his values each day. I think what best sums up my dad is reflected in my favorite movie: It’s a Wonderful Life. The character, George Bailey comes to realize at the end of the movie that despite not having the most; he has exactly what needs: his family and the people he loved. The world was a better place because my father was in it; he did not travel the world but he had all that he needed; he was the richest man in the world.
Lastly, I want to acknowledge that as we age, we all help our parents in our own way and I know our father truly felt the love and support from each and every one of us. I do want to acknowledge my Brother Stephen, who for reasons we’re all aware of cannot be here with us today. He and his family have given their all and went far above and beyond in their support over the years. I know my father is looking down and giving his strength to Stephen as he continues to heal.
Dad we will carry you forever in our hearts
June 6, 2021
“Simply the best” So many wonderful memories of a man who was a husband, a father, a brother an uncle a grandfather a great grandfather and so much more. That voice, (you know the one) of him calling your name ringing through the air meant business. The many trips to Connecticut to visit us and so many laughs you shared with us. Fond memories of toys brought to us from his store, a teddy bear I will never forget that was withered down to an ear that needed to be found each night for a little girl to go to sleep. A simple ride in the “country” with Laura, Lisa, Carmine and myself and my dad. Watching you simply looking out the window as we drove, taking in all of mother natures beauty. I remember getting a treat at the country store was always included in the journey. The endless love of family, how you doted on your sister Anna as you assumed the patriarchal role at such a young age. You could see how much she loved you when she spoke of you and your family. There was never an issue of “in-laws” as Aunt Maryann fell into the role of one of the best Aunts imaginable, your bride was the perfect match for you. Raising your wonderful family together, my cousins who we adore, love and cherish as you do. God Bless you Uncle Louie, as you travel to paradise, rest easy. You will be sorely missed, but your memories will be held in all of our hearts forever. To my wonderful cousins, thank you for sharing your father with us, we are so lucky to have had him in our life. He had so much love within him that he was able to share it with us and still have plenty for all of you. You have all become the same type of loving parents as he and Aunt Maryann, having beautiful children of your own and raising them the way they taught you. You could see how proud he was of all of you and his grandchildren and great grandchildren. It is difficult to grieve over a sole that was the epitome of all of the fore mentioned titles. We will treasure that love forever.
June 5, 2021
My mom's last sibling to join the never-ending party in the sky!
Your family's always been my definition of "Italian NYers." Whenever we came to visit, you treated us royally. And when we came to stay in summer, you exposed us to a different life, filled w/ irreplaceable memories & experiences: stick ball, block parties, pennies on the track, concrete backyard(!), driveway w/ gate (?), cloudy water, walking to your shop (& buying candy) w/o a clue you thought it was so dangerous for your 3 country nieces!
Please rest in peace, finally without pain. After you hug Aunt Maryann, please do the same to her, my mom & dad from me!
Love to all! I will miss you.
Love, your niece,
June 5, 2021
You are my last first cousin to join the rest of them in Heaven. My favorite memories are of you and Maryann coming to our house on East 8th and having "cawfee" with my parents. You always brought the best cheese filled crumb cake! You also shared your wedding anniversary (May 4) with my folks so you celebrated together. I remember being very little and walking to the shoe shop on Newkirk Plaza with my mom. I still have the "shop machine" you gave her back in the day.
Although I haven't seen you in years I've always thought of you and your family with much love.