In Loving Memory
Angelo Umberto Taranto
May 5th, 1944 – December 19th, 2019
It’s been said that some people come into
our lives and quickly go, while others leave footprints in our hearts and
because of them, we will never be the same. Angelo Taranto did both. With his
characteristic raspy voice and a smile that never quit, Angelo believed everyone
should live life to the fullest, and that he did, especially during his last
years on earth.
Just like most of us, Big Ang had many stories to tell.
Resourceful in many ways, Angelo lived in the present… going to see
people, helping others wherever he could. He was a giver, not a taker,
and may have even picked up YOUR tab!
While he could have, Angelo never whined or let his illnesses get him
down. He faithfully reached out to his brothers and sisters. Perhaps he
learned faithfulness being a good Catholic, or maybe he was that
kindhearted by nature.
Not only was he faithful to his friends, he was committed to
all things ABATE, giving 110 percent. Shortly after joining, he promised
our President, Johnny Rose, that he would bring in 1000 members. He may
not have met that goal, but as a vital part of ABATE, he recruited
numerous members during his abbreviated membership. Even the owner of
Peterson’s Harley Davidson (an ABATE member because of Big Ang) would
attest to that.
Those who knew Angelo were truly blessed. Beyond doubt, his
passing saddens the hearts of all those he left behind. Nevertheless,
this active ABATE member went out shifting gears with his boots on!
Be a difference maker in Angelo’s honor,
Chrissy Leonhardt - Chaplain