“My brother would be very impressed and appreciative of this bench in his honor” remarked Sebastian Manzo as family, friends and co-workers gathered on the occasion of the unveiling of a memorial bench placed on Petite Avenue outside the former All-Island taxi stand in his brother Emilio’s honor.
From left are niece Heather Manzo, Pat Yngstrom, Fran Licausi, Dan Yngstrom, Joyce Reinold, brother Sebastian Manzo, Gregory Licausi, sister-in-law Wendy Manzo, chamber President Jim Spohrer, Mike Turzulli, Tom Richardson and Jay Lupetin …
Emilio, the quintessential “Bellmore community servant,” died in August after providing “the best” 25 years of his life to the Chamber of Commerce of the Bellmores.
A tribute to Emilio published in the September issue of Your NewsMag said “it was not only that he knew Bellmore well, Bellmore knew him well. Emilio was truly a mainstay in the community and the Bellmores is a better place for having had him involved.”
Chamber President Jim Spohrer said with a glisten of humor that Emilio might come around his shop “maybe three times a month” carrying a hammer asking what he could do to help around the shop.
Among many things Emilio accomplished, he was always on board with going that extra step. After Superstorm Sandy, he helped to collect and deliver food and supplies to all the emergency centers. One of Emilio’s true passions was his participation in the Toys for Tots Annual Drive program with the Marine Corps.
He was well loved and respected by all who were lucky to know him. He will be forever missed.