Alexander Francis Di Lella, 90, of Vero Beach, FL, passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, April 13, 2023. Born on April 7, 1933 in Paterson, NJ, Al recently celebrated his 90th birthday with friends and family. He was the son of Alessandro and Adelaide Di Lella and the youngest of four brothers. He was always affectionately called “June” as in Junior, by his family.
As a first generation American, Al graduated from St. Bonaventure University in Olean, NY and was a proud and active alumnus. He truly loved his Bonnies. As a ROTC student, upon graduation he served in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged as a 1st Lieutenant. He began his career at Nabisco Foods in New York City in sales, but he was eventually drawn to the family business, Fette Ford, in Clifton, NJ. In 1964, he joined his father-in-law Henry Fette and his brother-in-law Larry Fette and over a career of 34 years helped make Fette Ford one of the most successful Ford dealerships in the New York City area. His retirement allowed him to focus on his many pursuits – he was an avid skier, a skilled tennis player and a darn good golfer. But for him, it was all about a la famiglia. He loved being with his family and his grandchildren. Whether it was the many family ski trips over the years to Belleayre Mountain, Gore Mountain and Vermont, spending many summers with the kids and grandkids on the lake at Green Pond or sitting on the sidelines cheering on the grandkids at their many activities. Al was also very active in his Catholic faith and always a strong supporter of the parishes that he was a member of.
Al is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Maryanne. He is also survived by his older brother, Fr. Mario Di Lella, OFM (ret.) of St. Petersburg, FL. His surviving five children are Mark and his wife Sharon of Indianapolis, IN, Bryan and his wife Kristine of Tucson, AZ, Lisa (Brown) and her husband Bruce of New Preston, CT, Paul and his wife Nancy of Danville, CA and Carl and his wife Stephanie of Vero Beach, FL. His grandchildren include Lauren, John and Matthew Di Lella of Danville, CA, Mason and Olivia Locker of New Preston, CT, Henry and Carson Di Lella of Vero Beach, FL and Luke Di Lella of Tucson, AZ, along with many nieces and nephews.
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