Andrew Joseph Naporano Sr., the second to the eldest of 13 children, his father Joseph and mother Theresa had seven of those children survive. They made their home in Newark , New Jersey after immigrating from Corbara , Italy in 1907.
He was an industrious individual, and after attending the University of Alabama worked in the family business with his father and brothers, then later founded Naporano Iron and Metal Co. The father of three children Joseph, Patricia and Andrew Jr. and loving husband of Beatrice Mary Abbate. Also, grandfather to eleven grandchildren and great grandfather to twenty great grandchildren. He insisted on the proper title of grandfather and would ignore the call of grandpa.
In attendance daily to the nursery of each grandchild beginning with the first as the nurses marveled that he and his wife never missed a day, to stand for hours looking at each.
An avid golfer he was a member of the Knoll, Braeburn and Eastpointe Country Clubs.
He enjoyed family vacations at Dorado Beach in Puerto Rico .
Andrew also was one of the co-founders of the Ironbound Little League in Newark , NJ .
He taught his family to enjoy the elegance of beauty but the most important aspect of his being was his family being together. Holidays were spent in the enjoyment of homemade dinners with the exception of Christmas Eve, which was an annual event at Nanina’s in Belleville .
His most famous story about the turkey leg was continuously told and followed by his most famous line, “Eat, kids..EAT” Italian music would play and whether Dean Martin or Frank Sinatra were crooning he could be heard with a most cheerful rendition of doo be doo be do right along with the music.
A man beloved by his provisions and strength, may his legacy of giving be forever admired for he was a most admirable man.
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