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 Alfonso “Al Terry” Torregrossa

Alfonso “Al Terry” Torregrossa

New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Death 15 Aug 1964 (aged 61)
Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Burial East Farmingdale, Suffolk County, New York, USA
Plot Sec 24 Row RR Grave 162
Memorial ID 98118202 · View Source
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Alfonso was born to Francesco and Caterina (nee Gioccimo) Torregrossa in the tenement where his parents and siblings lived at 83 James Street in New York City.

As a young man he played piano in a jazz ensemble in his spare time. He married Bessie Flashenberg in 1926. Al had his own leather importing business in the late 1950s-early 1960s named Al Terry & Sons. Prior to this he worked as an executive for the importer and manufacturer of high quality leather accessories and shoes, Fleming Jaffe

Al suffered a heart attack while attending a performance of "Hello Dolly" on the evening of Saturday, August 14, 1964. He was taken to New York Hospital where he passed on at 1:35 a.m. on Sunday, August 15, 1964.

The funeral was held at Andrew Torregrossa and Sons Funeral Home at 1305 79th Street with burial at St. Charles Cemetery in Farmingdale, Long Island on August 18, 1964.

Al was missed greatly by his family and friends. He was rememberd for the hospitality he extended to family and friends, as well as for his generosity to his grandchildren.

Memorial Manager's Note: NoreenP has kindly rephotographed Blanche and Al's headstone. The 2012 photo shows how it was when she first took the picture. Blanche's name did not appear. A recent 2013 photo shows the recent addition of Blanche's name.

Sources: Family discussions with my Grandparents Blanche and Al Torregrossa and my Father, Frank J. Torregrossa and Mother, Emily L. Serrapede as I was growing up.
Death Certificate for Alfonso Torregrossa.
Phone calls to St. Charles Cemetery to confirm Bessie's interment with Al.
1930 Federal Census
1940 Federal Census
Certificate and Record of Birth,No. 41804 for Alfonso Torrgrossa.
Other research in progress.

Most Recent Bio Update: 4/2/2014

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  • Created by: EmilyAnn Frances May
  • Added: 1 Oct 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 98118202
  • EmilyAnn Frances May
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Alfonso “Al Terry” Torregrossa (14 Oct 1902–15 Aug 1964), Find A Grave Memorial no. 98118202, citing Saint Charles Cemetery, East Farmingdale, Suffolk County, New York, USA ; Maintained by EmilyAnn Frances May (contributor 47633886) .