Gregory Paul Caravella
June 12, 1953 – May 31, 2018
After an almost five year battle with pancreatic cancer, Greg Caravella passed away Thursday May 31, 2018 into peace and serenity, surrounded by his loving family.
Greg was the oldest of five children born in Fitchburg, Massachusetts to Alice and Alexander Caravella and grew up in Vernon, Connecticut. He graduated from Rockville High School in 1971 and later went to Daniel Webster College, earning a degree in Air Traffic Control. He went on to work as an air traffic controller at Bridgeport Tower, Brainard Field and Bradley Field in Windsor Locks, Connecticut. He later joined his Father’s aerospace company, Sterling Machine of Enfield, Connecticut, where he eventually retired in 2006.
Greg met his wife Yvonne at a dance on Valentines Day in 1975. They married June 18, 1977 and became proud parents to Crystal and Ashley. Greg was a devoted husband and father who always put his family first. He always wanted his children to live the “American Dream” and have an even better life than he did. He constantly made it known to them how proud he was as their Dad and taught them to love some of the finer things in life such as travel and wine.
After his early retirement in 2006, Yvonne and Greg moved to Las Vegas and San Diego, then eventually full time to Coronado in 2009. The next few years were filled with extensive travel, golf and creating new friendships out west. Greg was someone who could walk into a room of strangers and leave with new friends. To his family and friends, he was the life of the party . His happiest years were with his four grandchildren. He loved seeing them all together and was known as “The Candy Man” for spoiling them. He told Izzy he was going to watch over her from the stars.
In addition to his wife Yvonne, Greg is survived by his daughters Crystal (Dave) and Ashley; his grandchildren Izzy Korn, Paxton Pitney, Evan Korn, and Ethan Pitney; his mother Alice Caravella; and siblings Pam Cote of Marco Island, Fl, Gary (Mary), Tom (Beth) of Somers, CT, and Tim (Cindy) of Wolfeboro, NH. He is also survived by his nieces Heather Caravella, Cassidy Caravella, Kiley Caravella, Allison Caravella, Jillian Caravella and nephews Troy Cote and Justin Caravella.
A memorial service will be held at Sacred Heart Church in Coronado on August 4 at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, friends and family are asked to make donations in his memory to the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research, 415 Crossways Park Dr.,Suite D, Woodbury, NY 11797.
- Memorial Service Saturday, August 4, 2018
Gregory Paul Caravella
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June 11, 2018
May God's loving kindness and comfort, help you and your family during this time of sorrow (2 Corinthian 1:3,4).
June 6, 2018
I can’t remember a time when Greg and the Caravellas weren’t an active presence in my life. We had the wonderful opportunity to have Greg live with us while he was in college. We were also blessed to see him fall in love and spend over 40 years with the love of his life, Yvonne. He was so proud of, and devoted to, his loving wife, his beautiful children, and his precious grandchildren. I have always admired him and looked up to him. Greg and I were diagnosed with cancer within three weeks of each other. Despite waging his own heroic battle against cancer, Greg was always there for me (and for all of his beloved family members and friends) with loving and supportive messages. He was the true definition of selflessness. His strength, faith, and positivity helped me to overcome my diagnosis. I will carry his love and support in my heart forever. Greg is now a guardian angel for all of us. I hope that the knowledge that he is now in the loving arms of our Father brings peace and comfort to his loved ones.
June 5, 2018
God gave you a huge obstacle and you handled it with grace and dignity. What you taught all of us is that we must live in the moment and take "one day at a time". You will be sorely missed, Greg, but you will continue to live on in our memories, in your children and grandchildren, in your loving wife, siblings, mother and relatives, and in all of the people whose lives you touched.
You're at peace now. We will continue to honor you each and every moment by living out your mantra - ONE DAY AT A TIME.
I love you my beautiful cousin. Until we meet again......