Long Island Advance, The (Patchogue, NY) - Thursday, November 26, 2009
Former Patchogue Village Trustee Angelo Julian, a staunch advocate of the village, died Sunday. He was 84.
Julian served as a Patchogue Village trustee from 1970-78 and again from 1995-96. He also served on the village's planning and zoning boards as a member and chairman. He co-founded Clearview Plate Glass in 1953 and continued to work at the store throughout his life. He was a past president of the Patchogue Lions Club and founder of the Patchogue Youth Athletic Association, serving as the organization's first president.
He attended Patchogue High School but left before graduating to enlist in the U. S. Navy in either 1944 or 1945. Later, the high school presented him with an honorary diploma in recognition of opening his store to high school students every year since the late 1970s so they could build homecoming floats.
"He loved this village," Julian's oldest son Tom said. "His heart was here. He wanted to see the village succeed. It was always paramount to him. My dad was an intensely loyal person.
The village of Patchogue was his hometown, so he was always concerned about the village." Patchogue Village Mayor Paul Pontieri, a nephew of Julian's, said his uncle was a father figure and driving force in village politics. "He called me nephew in terms of endearment," Pontieri said. "When my father died when I was 14, he and my other uncles surrounded the family. He was a dynamic force in the family. He was the one you listen to when things got tough."
Julian was a family man dedicated to his wife Betty and children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In family photos, his son Tom said he was always pictured with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. "He was very close to my mom and they spent a lot of time over one of my brother's houses with the grandkids," Tom Julian said. "He was very family oriented.
Family was very close to him. If I was to eulogize my dad, I would say his four loves were my mom, his children, his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and the village of Patchogue." Julian was known throughout Patchogue as a supporter of the village.
He often drove down Main Street and then would call Pontieri with questions or concerns. "At the funeral parlor, people were asking, "Who's going to take care of Main Street now?" Tom Julian said. "On one of the last days of his life, he said, 'Come on, Tom, let's take a drive.' We went down to the bay and he said, "We have to take a ride through the village.' Sal the barber said he could set his watch by when my mom and dad would stop by." Pontieri said he often received phone calls from his uncle asking about progress on various projects. "As he got older he would drive around town and I'd get my weekly phone call so he could give me advice." Tom Julian said his father and former Mayor Robert Waldbauer had a rivalry of sorts but rediscovered their friendship through their mutual love of the village. "He had epic struggles in the political realm with Bob Waldbauer," Tom Julian said.
"They worked together when they were trustees but they had some differences of opinion. The amazing thing is that they battled but when all was said and done, Bob would come to the store every day at 10 o'clock and he and dad would sit and talk about the village. They were enemies and they had differences of opinion but amazingly they became good friends once again.
My dad was never shy about giving his opinion. You knew exactly where he stood and what he was thinking." Julian was known for having a strong opinion, but Pontieri said he gave advice subtly. "He was always a person I went to before I ran for office," Pontieri said. "He never gave me advice; he asked you questions to answer. He always asked questions and you had to look at yourself and answer. That was his strength. He was tremendously insightful." Julian served on the board of trustees from 1970-78 and from 1995-96. He served on the village's planning board from 1966-68 and again from 1989-90. He served on the zoning board of appeals in 1969 and again from 1981-84, and later served as chairman of the ZBA in 1994.
"He was a watchdog for our community," Pontieri said. "He was an anchor. He was a caring, opinionated, understanding, tough, concerned person. He was just a good guy. He's really going to be missed in the family very much."
Julian is survived by his wife Betty; sons Tom, Jim, Richard, Mike and Steve; daughter JoAnn Moran; 15 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Viewing was at Robertaccio Funeral Home in Patchogue.
A mass is scheduled to be held Wednesday morning at St. Francis de Sales Roman Catholic Church with burial at Calverton National Cemetery.