In memory of
Louis P. Parello, 79 Retired school bus driver; avid hunter and fisherman Louis P. Parello, 79, died early Monday morning, April 16, 2018. Lou was born in Fort Wadsworth and moved to New Dorp in 1954, graduating from New Dorp High School in 1956. Lou spent two years in active Army service, and four years in reserve duty. He was particularly proud of instructing soldiers how to shoot M1 carbines, as these rifles have very little recoil even though they make a big noise. He worked 18 years at Eastman Dillon (Wall St.) as a back-office supervisor, and drove a school bus with Pioneer Transportation until retiring in 2009. From 1969, Lou lived in Annadale with his family, who were his first priority. With his wife of 53 years, Penny, Lou had five children, JR (deceased), Monica (Michael), Melissa, Stephanie, and Michael (Erica), and three grandchildren, Victoria, Alexander, and Elizabeth. He had four siblings, Frank (deceased), Helen, Margaret, and Anthony. Lou was an expert car mechanic and could fix just about anything. A longtime fisherman, boatman, and crabber, he was a member of the Great Kills Yacht Club since 1995. He was an avid hunter, archer, and conservationist, and inspired countless students with 40 years as a hunter safety instructor for New York State's Department of Environmental Conservation. He harvested wild mushrooms as his father taught him, and knew all the best spots on Staten Island to find them (and took the secret with him). A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Holy Child Church, 4747 Amboy Rd., Staten Island, N.Y. 10312. Interment will be in Forest Green Memorial Park, Morganville, N.J. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, at John Vincent Scalia Home for Funerals, Inc., 28 Eltingville Blvd. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.scaliahome.com . In lieu of flowers, contributions are encouraged to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital ( www.stjude.org ) or the Zimmer Club Youth Conservation Program ( www.aezyouth.com ). John Vincent Scalia Home for Funerals, Inc. 28 Eltingville Blvd. Staten Island, N.Y. 10312 (718) 356-6363
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