Shrewsbury – John E. Amorello Sr., 89, of Shrewsbury passed peacefully Wednesday morning April 3, 2013, in the Holy Trinity Nursing & Rehabilitation Center with family around him. His lovely wife, Louise (Paldino) Amorello, passed away in 2000.
John is survived by his loving children, Irene E. Amorello-Whalen of Worcester, Janet L. Amorello and her husband Anthony Tomasiello Jr. of Holden, and Edward C. Amorello and his wife Anne Marie of Worcester; seven grandchildren, Charles S. Whelan, J. William Whelan, John E. Amorello, Regina Amorello, Olivia Amorello, Samuel A. Tomasiello, and Hannah R. Amorello; a brother, Anthony Amorello and his wife Patricia; a brother-in-law, Charles Vilandre; and many nephews and nieces. John was predeceased by a daughter, Carol P. Amorello, in 2003 and a son, John E. Amorello Jr., in 2010. He was also predeceased by two brothers, William and Edward Amorello, and five sisters, Lena Zamarro, Georgianna Ricciardi, Ann Zamarro, Irene Charles, and Dorothy Vilandre.
John was born in Worcester, son of the late Antonio and Josephine (Pane) Amorello, and lived in Worcester many years before moving to Shrewsbury 40 years ago. He attended North High School and graduated from Commerce High School. He also attended Worcester Junior College. He served his country proudly in the Army Air Corps/Air Force during WWII.
Upon returning from the service, John, along with his brothers, went to work at the A. Amorello Construction Company, which was founded by his father in 1914, and worked there for many years before becoming the founder and owner of the J. E. Amorello & Sons Construction Company in 1995, where he worked until he retired.
Among his many memberships, John was a life member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel-St Ann Church, The Local # 4 Union of Operating Engineers, and the Massachusetts Utility Contractors Association, The Worcester Art Museum, The American Legion Post # 201 East Side, and the Air Force Association, and was a fourth Degree Knight of Columbus. He was also a member of the Pope John Council XX111 Knights, and was also an Overseer at Old Sturbridge Village for many years.
He was a history buff, and was also a lover of all animals. He enjoyed working in his vegetable garden, but, most of all, he loved being with his family, especially his grandchildren. He was a kind and devoted husband, father, grandfather, and friend who will be dearly missed by his family and friends.
John's funeral will be held Saturday, April 6, from the MERCADANTE FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL, 370 Plantation St., Worcester, with a Mass of Christian burial at 10:00 a.m. in the Church of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel-St. Ann, 24 Mulberry St. Calling hours in the funeral home are Friday, April 5, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Interment will be in St. John's Cemetery. Members of the East Side Post will gather at the funeral home at 7:00 p.m. to perform their ritual.
Contributions may be made to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel-St Ann Church Restoration Fund, 24 Mulberry St., Worcester, MA 01605 or to the Autism Research Cente, 71 Sterling St., West Boylston, MA.01583.