Alfonso Salvatore Mauro
(1912 - 2009)

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Alfonso Salvatore Mauro
Nickname: POP

Birth:
New York, United States of America
February 14, 1912

Passing:
California, United States of America
July 11, 2009


Guest Book
Ten years closer to seeing you again, Pop. Always, in all ways. 💙🥰
Hunny Bunny
July 11th, 2019
Happy Father’s Day, Pop. I woke up missing you extra today. Dad too. Just going to some brunch that I hated, or to your house, which I always loved-I’d give anything for one more day. I miss your gentleness, unconditional love, grace and soft spoken advice, your wisdom and lessons. I just miss you. Have an amazing day with Dad and everyone else in Heaven. See you soon. Love always, in all ways.
Hunny Bunny
June 16th, 2019
Hi, Pop! Sorry I didn’t post here on the 11th. I posted on Facebook. I cannot even believe it’s been 9 years since you’ve been gone. It’s been quite the 9 years! I’d give anything to go back to when you and Dad were here. It was a better time, a better life. I miss you always. Thanks for being my best friend. Love you now and forever. See you when I get there. 💙
Jess
July 14th, 2018
Happy Birthday, Pop. Had a good Italian meal in honor of you tonight. Wish you were here to join us. Valentine’s Day will never be the same without you. You put all the love and heart into the day. Until we get to be together again, we love you and will never forget you.

💙 Jess, Danny & Lucy
Jess
February 15th, 2018
Merry Christmas, Pop. We shared Christmas memories with Lucy today about you-all with a smile. Every holiday was magical with you. I’m so thankful to have had you as a grandpa. I miss you, but I’m better because of you. Love you lots. You and Dad take care of each other until we are all together again. Don’t cause too much trouble in Heaven. Always, in all ways.
Jess
December 25th, 2017
Love you, Pop. Miss you. Can't wait to see you again. Have a great Heaven Anniversary celebration with Dad and everyone else up there. Save me a seat. Always, in all ways.
Honey Bunny Bestie (Granddaughter )
July 11th, 2017
Happy Birthday, Pop! We miss visiting with and spoiling you on these special days. Today we will leave the gun and take the cannoli-as it should be. Make sure the angels throw you an Italian celebration fit for The Godfather. Love you always, in all ways.

💙 Jess
BFF And the middle (NSEW)
February 14th, 2017
Merry Christmas, Pop! Missed visiting you today, wrapping your door, watching old movies....just you! We miss you and love you always. Hope you and dad-and everyone else-had an amazing Christmas celebration. It's not the same without you both. One day we will celebrate together again and my heart will be complete. Love you, Pop. You're the best everywhere!
Honey Bunny
December 25th, 2016
"As soon as I saw you, I knew an adventure was going to happen" -Winnie-the-Pooh

Thank you for all of the adventures, Pop. You are so loved and missed every day. A man who loves well is never forgotten. Happy 7 Year Heaven Anniversary! You're in our hearts special today. May the angels celebrate you with as many Slurpees as you can drink! No brain freeze in Heaven! Until we meet again I will hold you close. I cannot wait for that day. I miss that smile!
Jess (Particularly well pronoun)
July 11th, 2016
Happy Father's Day, Pop! Your wisdom was always more like a father's than a grandfather. I always considered you a second dad in my life and I was so blessed for it. I love you, Pop. I am forever grateful that you're mine. Miss you always, love you with all of me. Until we are reunited, a piece of my heart is with you, and yours with me.

Dad is the laughing star guiding me, you, the star to help me reason, and God my shining peace. What a night sky I have! 💙💋
Jess (Granddaughter/ bestie! )
June 19th, 2016
Just stopping by to say I love you, Pop. Forever, Honey Bunny. 💙
Jess
June 15th, 2016
Happy BirthDay Pop!

We wish you could have seen your 104th year here on Earth, however, we know you're having an amazing celebration with Tom and Jack. We still miss you each and every day and can't wait to see you again!
Danny Smith (Grandson)
February 14th, 2016
Happy Birthday, Pop. Love you every day. In my heart always, in all ways. Here's a gift from Frankie Baby.

"My Way"

And now, the end is near
And so I face the final curtain
My friend, I'll say it clear
I'll state my case, of which I'm certain
I've lived a life that's full
I traveled each and every highway
And more, much more than this, I did it my way

Regrets, I've had a few
But then again, too few to mention
I did what I had to do and saw it through without exemption
I planned each charted course, each careful step along the byway
And more, much more than this, I did it my way

Yes, there were times, I'm sure you knew
When I bit off more than I could chew
But through it all, when there was doubt
I ate it up and spit it out
I faced it all and I stood tall and did it my way

I've loved, I've laughed and cried
I've had my fill, my share of losing
And now, as tears subside, I find it all so amusing
To think I did all that
And may I say, not in a shy way
Oh, no, oh, no, not me, I did it my way

For what is a man, what has he got?
If not himself, then he has naught
To say the things he truly feels and not the words of one who kneels
The record shows I took the blows and did it my way

Yes, it was my way
Jess (Granddaughter )
February 14th, 2016
Merry Christmas, Pop! I was just thinking the other day about all the wonderful years we had celebrating with you. I especially loved when you came to the Alpine house and we were all together. I also loved coming to see you at your apartment, Good Samaritan, and your last place. It was so fun to wrap your door, decorate, put up a tree, and bring tons of food and presents. It will forever be a beautiful memory etched in my mind; everyone happy and together. I'm glad dad has you up there. What a great reunion! I can't wait to join you some day. Love you my Pooh Bear. Always, in all ways.
Jess (Granddaughter )
December 25th, 2015
Six years since you left. Never forgotten, always loved and remembered for the amazing man you were. Our lives are forever enriched by the gift of you! You gifted me a love of words and continued learning; for that, and your love, I am eternally grateful. Give dad a big hug from me, and keep a seat warm in Heaven's biggest bookstore. I'll be there in the blink of an eye, and we will NEVER say goodbye again. always, in all ways.
Jess (Granddaughter )
July 11th, 2015
Happy Father's Day, Pop! Thank you for being a grandpa, friend, and second father figure in my life. You taught me so much, and loved so purely. You were and are a rare blessing in my life. This world lost so much when you left. Heaven gained everything! You will never leave my heart. I carry you with me always. Have a wonderful day with Dad! Give him all my love. I love you Papada.
Jess (Granddaughter)
June 21st, 2015
Happy Birthday, Pop! Going to celebrate you with some Italian food and homemade cannolis! Wish you were here to celebrate too, but I'm sure Heaven throws an even better party. I'm glad God made you, and that you were mine! Have a great day with dad! Love you forever, with all my heart. I will never forget you for as long as I have breath in me.

-Until we meet again. What a reunion! I can't wait.
Jess
February 14th, 2015
Merry Christmas Eve, Pop. I know tomorrow will be a beautiful celebration for you. Take good care of dad. Make sure his first Christmas in Heaven is amazing! I love and miss you both so much. Seems kinda unfair that you guys left me behind, but I know you're happy and free. I rejoice for you, and mourn for my loss-though I never forget how blessed I was to have you both. Love you every day and always. Someday soon our family will be whole again.
Jess
December 24th, 2014
Hi Pop. Dad is up in Heaven with you now. Will you take care of him for me? Tell him I love him and will see him soon. I cannot fathom living the rest of my life without you both. You are my guys! I am so broken without you. I love you and I'll miss you forever. See you both soon.
Jess
December 1st, 2014
Missing you today, more than usual. Wish you were here. Look over dad a little extra if you can. Maybe ask God if he can stay with us for longer, if you have any pull in Heaven. I know that's not the way it works, and I know God can hear me asking. It just seems, since you're hanging out with Him, maybe He'll hear you even more! Did I mention how much I wish you were here? Be happy. Be free. Have peace! I love you! We'll all be together before we know. What a wonderful reuion that will be.
Jess (Granddaughter)
September 1st, 2014
We all miss you more and more every year Pop! I can't believe it's been five years. It seems like an eternity and yet it feels like you just left. I think that's because we have so many wonderful memories of our time with you. I hope that I can become half the man you were. That would be an amazing accomplishment. We miss you Always and All Ways!
Danny Smith (Grandson)
July 12th, 2014
dear Pop,
I love you and miss you very much, I can't wait for the day I get to see you again. in Heaven I will be able to hug you and kiss you every morning and every night, and that is exactly what I will do for all eternity. I love you with all my heart.
love Lucy
Lucy Lennon
July 12th, 2014
Five years! Miss you, but no more today than any other day. I'd give anything for one more moment! I just want a hug. See you soon, Pop. Thank you for being my Pop. Thank you, for always, and in all ways, loving me.
Honey Bunny
July 11th, 2014
Happy Father's Day, Pop. We all thought of you. You were my second dad, always there, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. "I will love you forever, and like you for always, as long as I'm living, my grandpa you'll be." Watched, Winnie the Pooh, last week and thought of you fondly. Pooh Bear is like a BIG hug from you. Love you so much! More each day.
Jess
June 16th, 2014
i hope you have a good birthday in Heaven Pop! i miss you so much and can't wait to see you again!!!!
Lucy Lennon (greatgranddaughter)
February 13th, 2014
Merry Christmas, Pop. I hate holidays without you. I wish I could hug you tomorrow and spoil you with presents. I love you and will NEVER stop missing you. See you soon.
Jess
December 25th, 2013
Happy Thanksgiving, Pop. Wish you were here with us. See you soon <3
Jess
November 29th, 2013
Missing you tonight. Wish I could hug you. I love you!
Jessica Lennon
October 27th, 2013
i miss you so much and love you lots!!!! you are the best!!!!

ti amo Pop,



Love Lucy,
Lucy Lennon (greatgranddaughter)
July 21st, 2013
I can't believe four years have gone by! I miss you more and more as time goes on! The wound doesn't heal. It will be fresh for the rest of my life! Time doesn't heal anything! It just fades the pain into a numbness. The numbness is kinda awful! The place you hold in my heart isn't full of pain. I remember you with joy. I think of you without sorrow. But the emptiness cannot be filled because you're not here to fill it! I love you more every day! Until we meet again! Honey Bunny!

(I wonder what happened to that little, yellow, bunny, statue in the playroom that said Honey Bunny!)
Jess
July 11th, 2013
Happy Birthday POP! We really miss you down here!
Danny (Grandson)
February 14th, 2013
Happy birthday POP!!!! i love you and miss you soo much!!!!! you are the smartest person i know!!! i hope you have a great 101 Birthday in Heaven!!! i bet God is taking good care of you!!! i hope you get to listen to Frank Sinatra in Heaven!!!!!

I Love you so much!!!
Lucy Lennon (greatgranddaughter)
February 14th, 2013
Happy Birthday, Pop! 101!!!! Have a great celebration with Frankie and the angels. Love you to Heaven and back!See you soon.
Jessica Lennon (BFF)
February 14th, 2013
Hiya Pop! Well, your birthday is coming up again. Happy almost 101! We're planning an evening of celebration in your honor again. Italian dinner on Valentine's Day! I wish you were here to spoil on that very special day! We're setting up the front yard with a little Pop Garden! It will be full of California Poppies, a bench to sit and think of you, and a plaque in your honor. This way, even though you aren't with us physcially, and your resting place is so far away, we can still visit with and think of you. Your heart will forever be part of us and your spirit lives in all that brings us comfort and warmth. A cup of tea, Winnie-the-Pooh movies on Autumn afternoons (blustery days), your sweaters that we wear and embrace like a hug from you; this is where your heart beats! In the legacy of devoted family and friends that never forget you and that take the lessons you instilled in us through every journey. So long as you live in us, you will never truly be gone! Love you, Pop! Until we meet again....sooner than we all know! P.S. Please take care of Legend for me...she's so special and I miss her so much!
Jess<3 (Best Friend)
January 30th, 2013
Hi Pop! Trying to imagine what Christmas in Heaven is like....probably can't even come close to picturing how breathtaking it is! The tree must be huge! The choir of angels must be the MOST heavenly sound! I bet Sinatra is the lead in your choir! We miss you still, and always, and forever. Soon though. It will be soon enough when we will embrace. Then, we will NEVER say goodbye again! Give my love to all our other angels up there. Thank you for being my grandpa. Merry Christmas, Papada!
Jessica Lennon (Granddaughter)
December 21st, 2012
Went to bed thinking of you. Woke up early with the same thought. Not a bad way to fall asleep and start the day. I CANNOT believe three years have gone by. What I miss most is visiting with you in the Alpine appartment or at Good Samaritan. You, always looking your best and always treating us like we were royalty! You had this way of making everyone feel like the most important person in the world! It was always an honor to do for you because you made it very clear that you were appreciative. I miss you and I love you. I'm so much because of you. I hope I make you proud. The best day will be when we can all be together again. Until then, you enjoy Jesus, and I'll carry you in my heart. I love you, Pop!
Jessica Lennon (Bestest Friend!)
July 11th, 2012
Three years next month! How surreal! Who said loss gets easier with time? That's such a lie. The longer you're gone, the more I miss you. With each passing day the pain becomes sharper. It never dulls. The aching. The empty spot in my heart and soul. I'm glad you're not here to see what our family has become though. It would've broken your heart. I know God took you when he did to save you from pain. There is so much pain here. I love you to Heaven and back. You will always be my best friend and I will NEVER forget you. When I get to Heaven, will you hold my hand forever?
Jess Lennon (Granddaughter)
June 4th, 2012
happy 100th birthday pop!!! we love you so much and can't wait to see you again!!!



LOVE YOU!
lucy lennon (great granddaughter )
February 14th, 2012
Happy 100th Birthday, Pop! We miss you and hope you like your song. It was nice to dedicate the week to you! Hope the song reaches your ears in Heaven. Have an amazing party. Love you to Heaven and back!
Jessica Lennon (Granddaughter)
February 14th, 2012
I had the most amazing dream about you the other night. Thank you. I needed to hear your voice. I keep waiting for your loss to get easier. I don't think it's going to. I can't wait to see you again. It's been too long already. Desperate for a Pop hug. I love you.
Jessica Lennon (Granddaughter)
November 16th, 2011
Pop, you've been on my mind a lot lately. I miss you so much. I must say life isn't the same without you. You were the glue that kept our family all together. I miss your smile and your making you laugh. I miss watching cartoons with you and eating pizza. I wish I could just see you one last time. I wish heaven were a place that I could just visit whenever I wanted... I wouldn't have to stay long but just to see you smile one last time... Just to tell you... I love you a MILLION miles up to the sky. Haha! Remember our saying?! I never knew that saying would mean so much to me as they do now. I hope you know you were loved by many. You left us with wonderful memories that each of us will hold on to forever. I know you never liked to say goodbye.... So all I ever say is that your on a very long vacation in the sky. I will see your smiling face again and I will give you the biggest bear hug. You are missed. I love you Pop! Thank you for all of your prayers over the years and thank you God for blessing us with the greatest man I've ever known. I'm so blessed and honered to call him my grandfather.

P.s And I par·tic·u·lar·ly think your the greatest. Only you would teach somebody the right way to pronounce particularly at the age of 3! =]
Katherine Lennon (Granddaughter)
July 11th, 2011
Pop. Wow, two years! I'm glad you're happy up there! I wouldn't want you to be missing us as much as we miss you. You deserve joy and peace. Mostly, you deserve strength! I can't wait until we're together again. I'll never be scared to leave this world for the promise of Heaven has never been sweeter since you moved there. I love you Pop! Always, in all ways.
Jessica Lennon (Granddaughter)
July 11th, 2011
Pop,

I can't believe it's been two years since we last saw you. I was fortunate to know you for only a few short years however it feels like I can't remember a time that you were not in my life. We miss you so much.

Danny
Danny Smith (Grandson)
July 11th, 2011
Coming up on two years, Pop. This is the longest I've ever not been with you. I wish I could give you a BIG hug. Soon enough...a lifetime is just a blink of an eye. I love you.
Jessica Lennon (Granddaughter)
May 12th, 2011
Happy Birthday, Pop! My one wish is that you were here to celebrate. I'm sure, having seen Heaven and Jesus, that would not be your wish! I know you are happy and healthy and more handsome than ever...if that's possible! Enjoy your day up there. I can't wait until the day that I can hug you and we can celebrate together once more. You will always have my heart, Pop. I love you:)
Jessica Lennon (Granddaughter)
February 14th, 2011
Happy almost Christmas, Pop. I bet the second one in Heaven will be even more amazing than the first. We miss you, but you're still with us in so many ways. We'll be together again before we even know that a lifetime has gone by.

Merry Christmas, Pop. I love you.
Jessica Lennon (Granddaughter)
December 15th, 2010
Pop, I knew you all my life and will always miss you.

I love you,
Lucy
Lucy Lennon (Great-Granddaughter)
September 17th, 2010
Hi Pop,
Still missing you. More, as the days go on. I miss your wisdom and touch. I miss your face and tenderness. I wish I'd listened more and asked more about your life. I wish I knew so much more about you. On my first day in Heaven, I want you to share with me everything about you! Please ask God to watch over dad especially. Ask Him to give us wisdom to help where we can. I love you Pop. I always will. And I will miss you until the day we embrace again in Heaven.

Your adoring granddaughter, Jess
Jessica Lennon (granddaughter)
September 11th, 2010
Please come back Pop, I miss you too much. It's too hard without you. I love you.
Jessica Lennon (Granddaughter)
July 16th, 2010
Happy one year Pop! Wow, this year's been a strange one. Somehow it seems like I just saw you yesterday and yet it feels like forever all at once. I'll never understand how time can be both long and short at once. I know your first year with Jesus has been amazing and that you'd NEVER want to come back but we miss you like crazy. I need a BIG Pop hug more then I can EVER express! BIG KISSES AND LOTS OF HUGS...straight from earth to Heaven above. Love you Pop, Jess
Jessica Lennon (Grandkid and Best Friend)
July 11th, 2010
Hi Pop,
Missing you a whole bunch. Please, please, ask God to send us some wisdom, we really need it now. We miss your wisdom. We could sure use some of your loving words.

Until we meet again,
Jess
Jessica Lennon (Granddaughter)
May 30th, 2010
Hi Pop,
Sorry I haven't written for a while, it's not because we haven't thought of you often. I can't believe in a couple of months it will be a year since you left us. I keep thinking about how much I wish we could visit with you. We miss it so much! You were and always will be such a huge part of our hearts and lives. Much love and BIG hugs. Jess, Danny and Lucy

You'd be shocked at how big Lucy's getting. She misses you so much.
Jessica Lennon (granddaughter)
May 5th, 2010
Hi Pop,
Happy 98th birthday! We thought about you all day. Only someone with a heart as big as yours could be a Valentine baby. Lucy was missing you and crying this morning and we wish with our whole hearts that we could've brought you some goodies and presents today to celebrate your awesome life. We will always celebrate you. We know God and the angels are doing the same today and every day:) We love you lots and forever.

Your devoted Grandkids,
Lucy, Danny and Jess
Lucy, Danny and Jess Lennon-Smith (Grandkids)
February 14th, 2010
Happy 2010 Pop! We wish you were here to share the new year. We miss you sooooooooooo much. We think of you often and your generous, wise, spirit is so very missed and always will be.

Love you more than words can express.
Jess
Jessica Lennon (Granddaughter)
January 3rd, 2010
Merry Christmas Eve Pop,
Wow, we're missing you so much. Our hearts hurt without you. We missed buying you pajamas and blankets and will miss spending the day with you tomorrow and bringing you goodies. There's such a huge piece missing from our hearts. We love you so much and will never stop. Have a wonderful Christmas Day in Heaven. Know that you'll be thought of here.

Love to you always in all ways.
Lucy, Danny and Jess
Lucy, Danny & Jess Lennon-Smith (Grandkids)
December 24th, 2009
Happy 5 months Pop! And Happy Belated Thanksgiving. I wouldn't think they kill turkeys in Heaven but maybe it's fomurky or something:) I'm sure the feast was awesome! I'm sure Christmas will be even more amazing. Who better to throw Jesus a birthday party than the angels and then, to spend his birthday with him? Rock out Pop!

We really miss you this holiday season. We missed spending our birthday's with you and bringing you food on Thanksgiving, an emptiness was felt. I miss picking out presents for you and I'll miss bringing you all kinds of goodies on Christmas day. I miss kissing your forehead and how you always said you loved me. We're researching Italian Christmas traditions and we're starting some this year in your honor. Lucy will teach her children and they'll teach theirs and they'll all tell the story of you. You will NEVER be forgotten. Love you lots and lots and up to the moon and straight on to Heaven.
Jessica Lennon (Granddaughter)
December 11th, 2009
Hi Pop,
Well, Thursday was your four month Heaven birthday. So much has happened since then with dad. He's doing ok though. I know in part because you're putting in a good word with God. I feel like I didn't get enough time to mourn you before things got crazy. We want you back so bad it hurts. Every time I look up at the night sky, I think of you. I kept finding the Big Dipper right after you passed away and everytime I see it I think that one of those twinkling starts is you shining down your light on us. I know it's silly but I really never contemplated losing you. In some unrealistic way, I thought of you being here long after we all were gone. You were such a fighter. Now, a piece of our hearts will be missing until we embrace in Heaven. Loving you and missing you tons! Happy Heaven Birthday!
Lucy, Danny and Jess
Jessica Lennon (Granddaughter)
November 15th, 2009
Hi again. I just wanted to say I was thinking about you today. We drove past Oak Grove and Lucy stared crying. I wanted a Pop hug SOOOO much. I miss your wisdom. I know you're watching over us but my heart hurts not to have you here to touch. See you soon enough though. Love you tons.
Jessica Lennon (Granddaughter)
November 2nd, 2009
Hi Pop,
Things are so crazy right now. I wish you were here to give your loving advice. I need one of your hugs so much. Lucy gets upset every time we pass your exit. I know you're happy but life is so very empty without you. Please don't forget me. I'll be with you again before you know. It's said that a lifetime is a blink of an eye for God. Is it that way in Heaven too? Thank you for being my Pop. Thank you for loving me. Jess
Jessica Lennon (Granddaughter)
September 29th, 2009
Hi Pop,
Sorry I missed wishing you a two month Heaven birthday. I've been thinking a lot about you the past couple of days and really missing you. Dad just got out of the hospital and I know you were watching over him. I kept reminding him that you were up there asking God to take it easy on him. Please keep putting in a good word for his recovery. Anyway, I love you still and forever! I will miss you always.
Jessica Lennon (Granddaughter)
September 18th, 2009
Happy first month in Heaven Pop! We cannot believe a whole month has gone by without you. It feels like an eternity. We know you're at peace and we're glad you're no longer suffering but we miss you so much. You'll never stop being our Pop. We can't wait to see you again. Big hugs sent to Heaven for you. We love you to the moon and back. Lu, Danny & Jess
Jessica, Lucy & Danny Lennon (Grandkids)
August 11th, 2009
i miss pop so much! its so sad with out him.
lucy lennon (greatgranddaghter)
August 5th, 2009
I was trying to think up one specific story but there are SO many great one's, it's hard to choose. A funny one was when Kat was about four or five years old and our parents had gone out. For reasons I will never understand, it was very brave of him, Pop decided to try out the treadmill. He managed to get on it and begin a very slow walk. A few minutes into it, Kat got her finger caught in the moving part and screamed as it took off a little chunk of her finger...she still has a scar on her nail to this day. Pop, hearing her scream, panicked and his legs slid all the way back and off the treadmill. Of course his hands were still clenched tightly to the handle. Luckily, being the buff 15 year old girl I was, I caught him and held onto his torso area until we could turn the machine off and get him down safely. We must have looked beyond ridiculous! Pop never set foot on an exercise machine again.

One of my fondest memories was playing snow storm when I was litte. Pop would look around the room and say, "looks like a snow storm's coming, take shelter!" Then, he'd throw a blanket over our heads and say, "brrr...it sure is cold out there, I'm glad we're in here." After a little while he'd announce, "the storm is over, we can go out now." There are pictures of us playing snow storm, my hair sticking straight up from the static of the blanket removal. I loved that game so much.

When Danny and I moved to Rancho Bernard0, 45 minutes away from Pop, we didn't make it down to visit as often. That is when I started the daily morning calls to Pop. We talked about our plans for the day, interests, and everything else. We'd been doing this for a long while when one morning I decided not to call. I figured maybe I was annoying Pop and he'd like the time to do something else. Well, half way through the day the phone rang and I picked it up to, "You didn't call this morning. Why didn't you call?" I apologized and never missed the call again.

He truly was my best friend. What I am most excited about when I see him again in Heaven, is getting to hug him really tight. He'd been laying in a bed for so long, I wasn't able to wrap my arms around him. It's almost been a month. The longest month of my life. I can't even imagine how long the rest of my life is going to feel without him. A huge Monarch butterfly, in vibrant yellows and blacks almost landed on my face a few days after Pop went to Heaven. Maybe it's just God reminding us that Pop will be remembered whenever beauty is around us and that so long as we keep him in our hearts, he'll never really be gone.

While I believe that with my entire being, it doesn't make the hurt any less....I don't want to hurt anymore, I just want my Pop back.
Jessica Lennon (granddaughter)
August 5th, 2009
Dear Barb and family, we stand with you in prayer and rejoice in the promise of eternal life with loved ones already in Heaven before us! Big Al was such a blessing to all who knew him, and oh, so handsome!!!! We love you so much.....Paul and Terry Blue, Jake and Heather Blue, Jennifer Bettge and Colleen and Norman Jain.
Terry Blue (Friend)
August 1st, 2009
Dear Barb and family,

Uncle Al was the calm one in the Mauro clan, always funny and kind. I will cherish our family times at Grandma's.
He is at peace now with Aunt Agnes and his brother and sisters.
With love,
Cousin Janice
Janice (Niece)
August 1st, 2009
  My dad Al, Big Al, Alfonso, Pop ada, Pop Pop, pop was an ordinary man who lived an extrordinary life.  He had many loves first and foremost, his family, his wife, Agnes & his two daughters Agnes & Barbara.  He provided us not just with the basics but vacations to Washington DC, Howe Caverns, & Gettysburg these were exotic vacations in the 50's.  And a summer home in South Beach Staten Island, well not exactly a summer home a bungalow.  Summers in Rocky Pt Long Island, catholic school education for me through college and most important for my sister and I a knotty pine basement with a built in stereo for our teenage get togethers.  Elvis, Bill Hailey & the Comets, Little Anthony, & Ricky blasting dancing, dancing, dancing.    Oh, how he loved his first grandchild, Matthew who he lived with and helped raise.  He gave Matthew his first car a blue Nissan.  He was always concerned about his well being.  He was so happy when Matt married his wife Caryn that he traveled from California to New York even though he was in a wheelchair.  He loved his two other grandchildren Jessica & Katherine he became a loving part of their childhood when he moved to Alpine, San Diego.  Oh, how proud he was of his heritage.  As an Italian American one of his heroes was Mario Cuomo, he admired his intellect, wit & integrity.  All traits that my dad possessed.  Oh, how he loved Dongan Hills, Staten Island bucolic, family oriented place in the 40's 50's & 60's.  He moved there from NYC when he was 10.  Although he was a reserved man, he loved to laugh.  Share stories with his brothers Joe & Peter and sisters Ann & Nina around my grandmother Conchetta Mame's table in Dongan Hills.  In the background was my grandfather Victor, listening to Puccini on his victrola.  Oh, how he loved his Italian food, my mother's spaghetti & meatballs always on Thursday & Sunday.  Oso Buco & Pasta Consarde.  By train & ferry we traveled from Brooklyn to Staten Island every Sunday for the italian meal at my grandmother's.  When we got off the train in Dongan Hills, we passed my grandfather's barber shop.  We called Aunt Ann and she would put the spaghetti in the boiling water for the 10 minute walk.  If it wasn't Al-dente it was a bad meal.  She would hold the strands of spaghetti up for inspection.  Oh, how he loved to read, to learn, & to study.  He clipped articles, kept folders, & loved rubber bands.  When he was 10 he bought children's books like Tom Sawyer, for a nickel, for himself and his brother Pete to read. Oh, how he loved his music, Ole Blue Eyes, Deano, & Tony Bennet.  Oklahoma, & South Pacific he kept these 78 records for his entire life. Oh, how he loved his work, he worked till he was 75 in advertising he retired only because the company was bought out. He was self taught he never finished high school he had to go to work to support the family.  He taught himself the advertising business and became so proficient that he taught a class in advertising at a community college.  In later years, he was blessed with three great grandchildren, Lucy, Thomas, & Sophia and a loving grandson-in-law Danny who took wonderful care of him in his last years in a nursing home.   My Dad, a man who had many loves, loved greatly, gave generously, and unselfishly, a man to admire and emulate.  Dad, you are at peace with mom and the rest of the family.  I love you and bless you and am so grateful you were my dad.
Agnes Hill (Daughter)
July 25th, 2009
I thought it would be easier as time moved on but it's not. I miss you more and more with every passing day. You are my best friend and always will be. I will miss you until we embrace each other at Heaven's gates. Please don't forget me up there. If you can, please watch out for us. We need it and you! I promise we will never forget you and will tell everyone what an amazing man you were for as long as we draw breath. I can't wait to wrap my arms around you again. It's been a long time since I've been able to do that. I love you Pop.
Jessica Lennon (Granddaughter)
July 24th, 2009
POP as what they call him, he came here in our facility February 25th of 2008, as I remember the first time I saw him laying on his bed I was scared coz a day before his admission is my day-off never expected someone is in that room, with his thick eyebrows, beard and a pointed nose, and as he heard the door opened, he whisper the words "Come inn I' am here". It’s the first time I saw him and heard him. That’s the start of working here with POP, in my everyday task he’s one of the patient/resident that I need to clean, shower and feed, It’s the first time I felt appreciated in what I’m doing here as a caregiver, the way he thanks me and when he mentioned the words “You’re the best man in the whole world” while I’m cleaning him. Almost everyday he always telling me that phrase, there, where I learned to answer him back saying “Coz You’re the best POP in the whole world”. And sometimes he’s so grumpy, that I can’t even touch his pants and take out his diapers but when I say the word POPS it’s me your best friend ARCHIE, he will reply OK whatever you say then he will say “you’re the best man in the whole world”, sometimes I’m thinking what makes him grumpy? And I realized that maybe his getting bored watching TV, listening to his music and laying in his bed, coz he’s not like our other residents that has a severe dementia or Alzheimer, he just can’t get up coz of leg injury I think, but still in that situation he kept on fighting to survive his everyday life here, I can see his happiness when the relatives come by to visit him and when he’s having a phone call from them, it’s like watering a wilting plant, he’s turning from silent POP to a merry and positive POP he will start talking about something that I’m not sure if its real, he’s telling me a different story like, he owned a pharmacy before about 4 pharmacy and something about having a restaurant and a lot more. It’s like he’s remembering or trying to remember the past.
What else more can I say? He’s a great friend considerate I can say, for he’s worrying about me eating my meal sometimes when I’m feeding him he’s asking me to take a bite with his food, always saying good morning to me whatever time of the day, asking me how am I. What a great POP! For his passing I felt like I lost a grandpa, and what makes me so sad is that I witness how he struggled and how his determination to get better but unfortunately he did not make it, though I never seen his body when he passed away its always on my mind how he is the last 2-3 days of his life and I remember he asked me to help him and pray for him about 1 week before his death. POP a great man may he rest in peace with his wife, POP you will be remembered.
archie felix (caregiver, friend)
July 22nd, 2009
I've shared so many memories with my grandfather one's that I will cherish always. I remember going over to his apartment in alpine, and he would always make sure I was cared for. We would stay up watching all his favorite old movies, and ofcourse he would always make sure I was watching all my favorite cartoons. We would have long talks about everything, and drink hot tea. He would always put his loved ones first. He taught me how to love everyone even if it was difficult. He has and still will always be a huge impact in my life. He always just wanted peace, and to have everyone get along. I will never forget all the trips, and parties I've shared with him. I love you Pop! I'm so grateful to have gotten to know you all those years all those wonderful years just to even be in your presence, and your company has always put a smile on face, and brought warmth to my heart. Time will move us on but you will never ever be forgotten. May you rest in Paradise.


P.s I love you a million miles up to the sky!

Katherine Lennon (Grand daughter)
July 16th, 2009
Big A was so special to me. I loved him very much. I will always remember the Christmas Big A bought me a bike. It was my first 2 wheeler bike. He was such a kind and gentle man. He was so sweet, just don't mess with him. I remember riding the train with him and my mom in the mornings. One day this man on the train was reading his paper and the paper was leaning on the back of my moms head. Big A hit the paper and said "This is not a public library'. You had to laugh. I will miss him very much. I know he is in a better place. He is dancing now with his beautiful wife. I loved her as well. She passed away when I was very young.

Al everytime he saw me would bring up the time when I was oh, maybe 6, I sang God Bless America. I did not back then and I still don't have a great singing voice. You see to Al, I was great!!!!

Big A, I am singing right now for you. Lord may my voice carry all the way to heaven.

LOVE NONIE
Nora Kuchta (like a daughter)
July 15th, 2009
Jessica and family, I cannot tell you enough how truly sorry I am for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are forever with you all. May you find some comfort to know that Pop is now safe in the embrace of God.
Win Prue (Friend)
July 15th, 2009
Danny and Family
From the words you spoke of your Grandfather I know how much you loved him and I know you will keep him in your heart forever. My wife and I send our prayers and thoughts to you and your family
Allen Mesirow (friend of Danny Smith)
July 15th, 2009
i miss pop so much. every night i cry about him.
lucy lennon (graet-granddauter)
July 15th, 2009
You shared your love well with us.... We thank God that you were always part of our lives... See you when we get there!!!!
Tom, Eda, Mike, Michelle, Megan Giacopelli (Son & great grand-childre)
July 15th, 2009
There are no words to say at this time. So,I will just say from my heart how much I love you & hurt for you, Jess, Danny & Lucy. Jess you are right 30 years is not enough! My condolences to your family as well. It will be great to meet Pop in heaven.
Laura Riolo (friend)
July 15th, 2009
What a life, richly full of love, depth, joys, and laughter! These pictures are amazing. I loved seeing them and piecing together the memories that made such a remarkable, unforgettable bond. Pop, that's quite a legacy. Can't wait to meet you in your prime again in our forever home! Jess, Danny, and Lucy--it is a privilege to share in such beauty from pain. We miss and love you. Kamelot
Kami La Canfora (friend)
July 14th, 2009
Danny,

We will keep you and your family in our prayers as you mourn the loss of your grandfather. From the pictures, it shows that he brought a lot of joy to you and you all brought a lot of joy to him.

Regards,
Spencer & Angela
Spencer Rogers (Friend)
July 14th, 2009
There are no words to describe how much we will miss you Pop. You are such a large part of our lives, you taught me to be compassionate, considerate and generous. You have changed my life forever. We love you.

Danny Smith (Grandson)
July 14th, 2009
I love and miss you so much Pop. You're the best in the North, South, East, West and even in the middle.
Jessica Lennon (Granddaughter)
July 14th, 2009
My Pop, Your Pop, Everyones Pop. If you met Big Al, he became your Pop. Loving, Caring, quick witted, great story teller. Many memories, St. Pats dinners, Campo train ride, dance recitals. I think my favorite is when Mike brought Nathans back from Las Vegas, hotdogs,knishes,fries,saurkraut..Pop was the first at my dining room table, ready for a New York meal and begin his storytelling. Oh how we loved his stories!
Jess, Dan and Lucy: You have given your hearts and souls to care for Pop, and now you have yet another Angel to watch over you.
We love you.
Kathe, Mike, Michael and Bree
Kathy Torti (Friend)
July 14th, 2009
Pop is Great at being him. And well, he is like a piece of Heaven and Jesus. I love him so much!
Lucy Lennon (Great-Granddaughter)
July 13th, 2009
I love and miss you so much Pop. You're the best in the North, South, East, West and even in the middle.
Jessica Lennon (Granddaughter)
July 13th, 2009
When an old person dies people often say, "he/ she lived a long life." I've said this myself. Yes, Pop lived an amazingly long and healthy 97 years but I only had him for 30. 30 years was not enough to know and love this amazing man. I have countless good memories of my time with Pop. I feel so blessed for the love he gave me as well as the love he had for Danny and Lucy. I'm so happy he knew them. Pop had this awesome way of making everyone feel like they were the most important person in the world. He was a selfless man in a selfish world, a dying breed. My heart broke when he left and I will never again feel as loved as I did when Pop loved me.
Jessica Lennon (granddaughter)
July 13th, 2009
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"Love you, Papada. Take care of dad until I get there. Love you, love you, LOVE YOU! Miss you...forever and in all ways."
Jess Lennon
December 6th, 2014
"hi pop, we miss you so much! i hope you like slurpies in heaven. heard of seven eleven, try heaven eleven! i cant wait to see you some day again! love Lucy,"
lucy lennon
August 25th, 2010
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July 15th, 2009
"Jessica and family, I cannot tell you enough how truly sorry I am for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are forever with you all. May you find some comfort to know that Pop is now safe in the embrace of God. Love, Win"
Win Prue
July 15th, 2009
"There are no words to say at this time. So,I will just say from my heart how much I love you & hurt for you, Jess, Danny & Lucy. Jess you are right 30 years is not enough! My condolences to your family as well. It will be great to meet Pop in heaven"
LAURA RIOLO
July 14th, 2009
"I love and miss you so much Pop. You're the best in the North, South, East, West and even in the middle."
Lucy Lennon
July 14th, 2009
"Danny, We will keep you and your family in our prayers as you mourn the loss of your grandfather. From the pictures, it shows that he brought a lot of joy to you and you all brought a lot of joy to him. Regards, Spencer & Angela"
Spencer Rogers
July 14th, 2009
"My Pop, Your Pop, Everyones Pop. If you met Big Al, he became your Pop. Loving, Caring, quick witted, great story teller. Many memories, St. Pats dinners, Campo train ride, dance recitals. I think my favorite is when Mike brought Nathans back from La"
Kathy Torti
July 14th, 2009
"I love and miss you so much Pop. You're the best in the North, South, East, West and even in the middle."
Jessica Lennon
July 14th, 2009
"Pop is the best to me and every one! I miss him so much! He's like another daddy."
Lucy Lennon
July 13th, 2009

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