Carmelo Baio passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Friday, February 21, 2020 at the age of 92.
Born in Agrigento, Italy in 1927, Carmelo immigrated to the United States (New York) in 1964. He met and married the love of his life, Rosemary Fundaro and they had a beautiful daughter, Dina.
Carmelo worked several jobs but enjoyed mostly catering from his house, making the best “Rice Balls” in town and he was also known in the neighborhood as “Mr. Rice Ball Man”. When he wasn’t making his favorite foods, he would tend to his garden, make homemade wine and as his family would say, “He would tinker in his tool shop, fixing anything and everything!!!”.
Carmelo is survived by his loving wife Rosemary of 54 years, his beloved daughter, Dina Baio-McLaughlin and her husband, John McLaughlin, his cherished grandson, JT McLaughlin and his beloved brother, Diego Baio. As well, he is also survived by his son-in-law, Sal Chierico and his grandson Salvatore from his late daughter, AnnaMarie, as well as 2 great grandchildren.
He will truly be missed by all who knew him.
Cherubini McInerney Funeral Home
1289 Forest Avenue, Staten Island, New York 10302
2:00pm - 4:00pm
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Mass of Christian Burial
Blessed Sacrament R.C. Church
1091 Forest Avenue, Staten Island, New York 10310
361 Sharrott Ave, Staten Island, NY 10309