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Louis and Teresa (Bevelaqua) Carbone named their newborn son Atillio, after the ship's captain who brought them safely from Italy, despite sailing through rough and stormy seas. Made in Italy and born in Haverhill, Mass., in 1927, Atillio (Till) was the youngest of four children. Growing up during the Depression, Till picked up his father's business and his mother's cooking savvy and accumulated lifelong friends and skills through schoolmates and Boy Scouts. Educated in Haverhill, Till attended Greenleaf and Peabody Schools before graduating from Haverhill Trade School in 1945.
Like many of his classmates, Till enrolled in the service during WWII, missing his last three months of high school as well as his graduation. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy, was stationed at Sampson, N.Y., and Treasure Island in San Francisco, and was part of the Japanese Occupying Forces on the USS Comstock (LSD 19).
After the war, Till followed his father's passion for business, becoming active in the Haverhill business community. He and his brother Bob had a food truck selling prepackaged snacks like Nif-T-Nip Potato Chips. He sold Stanley household products, and eventually became part-owner and manager of the family business, Skateland, opening in 1950. He later partnered with his brother Aldo to open Bradford Depot Laundromat in 1963, across from the skating rink, expanding the business years later by purchasing EZ-Way Cleaners.
Till married Virginia Sawyer on August 12, 1951, and together they celebrated 66 years of marriage in 2017. Ginnie and he raised seven children in Bradford just up the street from where he grew up. He was a jack-of-all-trades with a workbench in the basement and a tool for any job. He repaired and renovated his home and built his own furniture long before HGTV. He retrofitted a 1958 VW Bus and WWII jeep trailer for family travel and camping. The family enjoyed decades of camping in the White Mountains and East Coast traveling.
A devout Catholic, he was a lifelong member of Sacred Hearts Parish. He served as an Usher, Eucharistic Minister, and on several Parish Councils. He was involved in the school expansion in 1959 and played a role in keeping the school open during the 1970s. He was a proud member of the Saint Vincent de Paul Society, and was recognized for his years of dedicated service to the poor and disadvantaged of the greater Haverhill area. He lived his faith in service to others. When managing Skateland, he employed several people who needed a hand up. He returned money to non-profit children's groups who had arranged special skating sessions. He and his brother offered their business after hours to the owners of other cleaners who had lost their own buildings to fire. He regularly drove a customer to his dialysis treatments and another acquaintance to her cancer treatments.
He was active with Haverhill High School Band Parents' Association. He and Ginnie took several cruises, two trips to Italy, and trips throughout New England with close friends. Together they visited all 50 states. He was a devoted Boston sports fan.
He had a life-long friendship with his brother and business partner, Al. Each owned a Ford Model-A car. They enjoyed repairing them, driving them to car shows and in the Haverhill Santa parade. His grandchildren loved it when "Nonno" would take them to and from school in his old car. He enjoyed every child and grandchild's graduation ceremony he could attend, remembering he had missed his own in 1945. In later years, Till was happiest with his family gathered together at his home and at Camp Comei on Lake Ossipee. His greatest pleasure was in watching his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He loved passing family recipes he had from his mother on to them. To him, life was too short to sit out. His expanding family, a never-ending accumulation of friends, and great food were his life.
Atillio, is survived by his seven children and their families: Peter and his wife Donna of Haverhill and their family, Carolyn, her husband Jason, and their sons Landon and Parker Leverett, and Andrea Carbone and her significant other Matthew Horrigan of Fort Washington, Maryland; Joseph and his wife Laura of Alexandria, Va., and their children, Katie and Emily Carbone; Mary and her husband David Harbison of Houlton, Maine, and their family Jonathan, his wife Kaylea, and their children Malon and Maeve Harbison, and Sarah, her husband Timothy, and their child, Paisley Williams; Kathleen and her husband Daniel Daley of Haverhill, and their family Caitlin and David Sianissian and their son Aidan, and daughter, Elizabeth Daley; Cynthia and her husband Daniel Comei of Haverhill and their children Angelina and Nicholas Comei; Thomas and his wife Joan of Haverhill, and their children, Michael, Anna, and Timothy Carbone; and Matthew and his wife Marie of Exeter, N.H., and their children, Justin and Alex Carbone. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Mary MacLeod of Raleigh, N.C. He was predeceased by his wife Ginnie; sister Margaret (Noonan); brothers Bob and Al; and a granddaughter, Megan Daley.
Visiting hours will be Tues., July 2, at the Driscoll Funeral Home, 309 So. Main Street, Haverhill, from 4 to 7 p.m. Services will begin Wed. morning in the funeral home at 9 a.m. Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be held in Sacred Hearts Church, 165 So. Main Street, Haverhill, at 10 a.m. Burial with U.S. Navy Honors will follow in Elmwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers and gifts, the family suggests donations to the Megan S. Daley Scholarship Fund, c/o Jennifer Beane, Stewardship and Donor Relations, Memorial Hall, 134 Hicks Way, University of Mass., Amherst, MA 01003-9270; the Bradford Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, 31 So. Chestnut St., Bradford, MA 01835; and the American Cancer Society in care of Pentucket Kiwanis Donna's Team, 48 Colby Street, Bradford, MA 01835. For the guestbook, visit www.driscollcares.com.
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