Angelo A. "Smiley" D'Ariano
March 25, 1926 - November 1, 2012
Angelo A. “Smiley” D’Ariano, 86, went to be with his Heavenly Father Thursday (Nov. 1, 2012) at Jones Memorial Hospital following a brief illness.
Mr. D’Ariano was born on March 25, 1926 in the Bronx to John and Rosa (Eianiro) D’Ariano. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II from 1943-45. On Dec. 31, 1953, in New York City, he married Sylvia M. Ostrander, who predeceased him on Jan. 22, 2012.
Smiley was an entrepreneur. He owned and operated A & R Hardware in Andover from 1974 until his retirement in 2001. Previously he was a milkman in New York City for 20 years. He worked in shipping and receiving in Florida for a time and was a machinist for Turbodyne in Wellsville for many years.
Smiley is survived by two daughters, Patricia (Jim) Murphy of Hackensack, N.J. and Kathie D’Ariano-Gordnier of Wellsville; a son, John F. (Toni) D’Ariano of Boynton Beach, Fla.; two daughters-in-law, Delores Ryan of Wellsville and Cathy Ryan of Bolivar; a sister, Louise Jehle of Little Ferry, N.J.; 13 grandchildren, Ion Ryan, Cathy (Reggie) Faulkner, Connie (Tim) Stives, Tara Murphy, Neil Murphy, Angelo (Brigitte) D’Ariano, Diamond-Tina D’Ariano, Amber D’Ariano, Louis Gordnier, Jr., Corey Gordnier, Colin Gordnier, Kayle Gordnier and Dylan Gordnier; 11 great grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by two sons, Richard Ryan and David Ryan; a daughter, Mary Catherine Ryan; two sisters, Rose Marie (Mike) Buonardono and Faye (Anthony) Liberti; three brothers, John (Marjorie) Burton, Daniel (Jean) D’Ariano and Louis D’Ariano; a brother-in-law, William Jehle; and two grandchildren, Yvonne Pierce and Denise Murphy.
Smiley was a longtime member of Blessed Sacrament Church in Andover. He also was a member of the Andover American Legion, Andover Lions Club, where he was a past president, the Wellsville Elks Lodge 1495 and the National Rifle Association. He enjoyed stamp and coin collecting. He liked to perform magic tricks and was a great storyteller. He and his wife loved to travel and faithfully attended the periodic reunions with his fellow shipmates of the USS LST 683. Musically, he could pick up any instrument and quickly teach himself how to play. He had a great operatic voice which blended well with his love of singing and dancing. However, it was his love of family; his wife, children and grandchildren that defined him and filled him with purpose.
Friends may call on Saturday from 9:30-11:00 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Church in Andover where there will be a Mass of Christian Burial held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at the church immediately following the visitation with Rev. Sean DiMaria as celebrant. Burial with full military honors will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Wellsville.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Smiley’s name may be made to Blessed Sacrament Church, PO Box 761, Andover, NY 14806.
Arrangements are under the direction of Baker-Swan Funeral Home in Andover.