Mr. Alfonso Provenzano, 89, of Julia Street in Amsterdam, passed away suddenly at St. Mary's Hospital in Amsterdam on December 29, 2013, after he was stricken at home. He was born in Enfield, CT, on February 8, 1924, the son of the late Salvatore and Maria Caramazza Provenzano.
Alfonso was raised in Amsterdam and attended the Wilbur H. Lynch High School. He enlisted into the United States Army in December 1942 and served during World War II, under General Patton in the 3rd Army 94th Division. After his honorable discharge, he returned home and worked in the automotive industry. He then owned and operated Al's Universal Auto Supply for many years. He most recently worked at Eagle Chevrolet of Johnstown, where he looked forward to going to work every day. He was known as a hard worker and inspiration; he motivated his co-workers and will be missed dearly by the many who knew him.
Al was a devoted husband and father who enjoyed spending time with his wife and children. Al had a passion for flying his airplane. He also enjoyed riding and training horses and would often ride them in parades. Al was a community man who managed and coached the Babe Ruth Baseball team. In his later years, he loved to fish, play cards, and create custom woodworking projects for his friends. Al is a communicant of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church.
His loving family includes: daughter, Diane Naughton (David Hassfurter) of Amsterdam, sons Peter Provenzano of Broadalbin and James (Deborah) Provenzano of Baldwinsville, NY; grandchildren, Maria, Antonia, Lily, Alexa, Giana, Rocco and Lucia Provenzano. He is also survived by a brother, Anthony Provenzano of Amsterdam, and a sister, Anna Vilar of Ft. Meyers, FL, a sister-in-law, Katherine Meyers; nieces and nephews, Margaret LaSala, Linda Vilar, Charles Provenzano, John Weishaar, Lynn and James Meyers.
Alfonso is predeceased by his loving wife, Dorothy May Lampman Provenzano, whom he married in 1972, along with his siblings, Nancy LaSala, Vicenza Weishaar, Charles Provenzano, and a niece, Rose Marie LaSala.
Family and friends are invited to visit on January 1, 2014, from 2 pm until 5 pm at the Betz Rossi & Bellinger Family Funeral Home, 171 Guy Park Ave., Amsterdam, NY 12010. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Thursday, January 2, 2014, at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, 156 East Main Street, Amsterdam, at 11:00 am with the Rev. John Medwid as celebrant. Interment will follow at St. Michael's Cemetery in Amsterdam. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Heart Association. Please visit the family's online guestbook at www.brbsfuneral.com.