Lillo B. Arnone

11/06/1954 - 07/03/2024


Obituary For Lillo B. Arnone

Born in Sicily in 1954, Lillo and his twin brother Ignazio were always close. They joked that Ignazio had pushed his way out of the womb first and from that day was always in charge. He was gentle, laid back, funny and kind as a

Child. He would often tell me stories about Sicily, his summer vacation spent at an Italian monastery for monks instead of summer camp and his deep love for his parents. He spoke about his town and all the fun him and his brother had. They were not only brothers but best friends.

I loved his stories of coming to America. One of his first jobs was at Gucci in NYC and he absolutely loved it, he told me all about the Gucci parties and famous clients. We would laugh over how he and his parents would watch wrestling to learn

English and how he loved to dance in the night clubs.

I watched him over the years be an example of what a devoted husband was, He loved Josephine with all his heart.

I remember him telling me about their first date it was a blind date at the San Genaro feast and he later asked her out for a second date at the Alpine theater to see a movie. She described him as being her one and only. A true love story.

I witnessed him as an excellent father. He was both Danny and Michael’s favorite person.

The simplicity of watching TV together, games, movies and how they bonded over Seinfeld always made me smile. I watched him gracefully overcome the worse thing a parent could and that was to bury a child and although sad he stood

Strong for all of us.

He told me after Danny had passed that he had lost a son but he also gained a daughter.

He did treat me as he daughter, he cared for me deeply and I equally cared for him.

I always enjoyed speaking with Lillo, and over the years I can say he had become my friend. It was Lillo who had a quiet calmness about him in the chaos that is sometimes my home life.. he would quietly reassure me that all would be ok, he was there for me when I needed someone to just listen.

These past 7 years, He devoted his days to being the best grandpa to my Stella and Daniel, he never missed a moment in their lives. He was always there to offer them encouragement and love. they have a beautiful relationship that I am confident will

Continue to live on.

Saying goodbye to someone we love is never easy, there isn’t a way to

Move through these emotions quickly. I should know as I am a self proclaimed expert on grief.

What grief has taught me is to cherish every moment we have with the people we love because tomorrow is never promised. grief is the highest form of love,

It was emily Dickinson who wrote

“Unable are the loved to Die because love is immortality”

I wanted to share a poem that has touched me on my grief journey,

Death Is Nothing At All

By Henry Scott-Holland

Death is nothing at all.
It does not count.
I have only slipped away into the next room.
Nothing has happened.

Everything remains exactly as it was.
I am I, and you are you,
and the old life that we lived so fondly together is untouched, unchanged.
Whatever we were to each other, that we are still.

Call me by the old familiar name.
Speak of me in the easy way which you always used.
Put no difference into your tone.
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.

Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes that we enjoyed together.
Play, smile, think of me, pray for me.
Let my name be ever the household word that it always was.
Let it be spoken without an effort, without the ghost of a shadow upon it.

Life means all that it ever meant.
It is the same as it ever was.
There is absolute and unbroken continuity.
What is this death but a negligible accident?

Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight?
I am but waiting for you, for an interval,
somewhere very near,
just round the corner.

All is well.
Nothing is hurt; nothing is lost.
One brief moment and all will be as it was before.
How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting when we meet again!

I can say that Lillo left a mark on this world, he was a lovey human and he will be forever missed. I like all of

You have countless stories about him and fond memories and I hope you will continue to tell them and talk about him and think about him because if you do, our loved one never really leaves us.

my Dear Lillo, I will think of you when I open of a great bottle of red and eat my pasta. I will talk about you to the kids always.

Rest in peace my sweet Lillo, until we meet again.

Give my Danny a giant kiss from us here.

Funeral Services from the Hanley Funeral Home, 60 New Dorp Lane ,Staten Island, Sunday July 7th,2024 from 2-7pm

Mass St Clares Church, Staten Island, July 8th,2024 at 11:00am

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  • 07/07/2024

    I send my condolences to the family during this difficult time including Adel a great neighbor and friend who brings sunshine to others. My prayers and thoughts for Iggy and Geri and the beautiful family May your brother Iggy rest in peace.