Obituary of Stanley N. Fortuna
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Stanley was born July 12, 1930 to Nicola and Giulia Fortuna in Yonkers, New York. He is the adored father of Linda DeLasho and Father Stan Fortuna and the cherished grandfather of Joseph and Nicole DeLasho. He is predeceased by his wife of 53 years, Connie. Stanley is the loving brother of Frank Fortuna and was predeceased by his siblings, Catherine, Mike, and Mary. He was the first family member to be born in the United States and he often joked that his mother loved her new country so much, she wanted to give it a gift, and so Stanley was born born in the USA. Stanley attended Yonkers Schools and was the winner of a talent show contest for his singing. His performance was likened to a young Frank Sinatra as he performed the Sinatra song, The House I Live In, a patriotic anthem for America during World War II. As the winner of the contest, Stanley won singing lessons in New York City and performed on the radio. Stanley served in the US Navy 1948 - 1951 and is a proud lifelong member of the Armando A. Rauso Amvets Post 40.
Stanley married the love his life, Connie, on April 19, 1953. They met at a dance at the Polish Community Center in Yonkers NY and continued to dance their way through life raising their family and sharing many trips and adventures with family and friends. Stanley was a proud member of The Teamsters Local 456, from 1948 - 1992, when he retired. He was a chauffeur and worked for Torre Builders, Plaza Sand and Stone, N & W Concrete, Wescon, and Valenti Concrete, throughout his long career. Stanley was mechanically inclined and could fix just about anything. He could often be found in his garage on Willow Street tinkering with tools, cars, and working on creative projects. Stanley enjoyed spending time with family and friends, playing cards, visiting the Hamptons, and most especially watching his grandchildren Joseph and Nicole go through elementary, high school, and college.
Stanley will be greatly missed by his many nieces, nephews, friends, and family but will always be remembered for his quick wit, and larger than life personality.