Arthur Salvadore Aiello, 87, of 90 Forrest St., Ridgway, died peacefully surrounded by family Thursday, June 26, 2014 at his home.
He was born Dec. 27, 1926 in Johnsonburg, son of the late Gennaro and Frances (Chirillo) Aiello.
He was born and raised in "the flats" of Johnsonburg along with his many brothers and sisters. He married Betty "Pete" Johnson in 1950 and enjoyed 64 years of marriage.
He attended Johnsonburg High School, prior to enlisting in the U.S. Navy (at age 17). He was stationed at the U.S. Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Fla. during WWII. After his military service he along with brothers Joe and Victor founded The Aiello Cafe. After 25 years in the restaurant business he then owned and operated Aiello Lanes and was a certified PBA bowling instructor. Art and Pete also opened "The Daisy," a popular teenage nightclub. In 1969, Art and his brother Donald purchased St. Marys Pressed Metals and was active in the powder metal business until his recent retirement.
He was a lifelong member of the community, a charter member of the American Powder Metallurgy Institute (APMI), the Ridgway Fire Department, Twi-Light Golf League, Deputy PA Game Warden and coached several championship Little League Baseball teams. He also was a lifetime member of the Elks and Moose social clubs and an avid reader.
He is survived by four brothers, David (Sylvia), Robert (Rosa), Ernest, and John; three daughters, Kathy King and her husband Bruce, Susan Aiello-Luchs and her husband Steve, and Christine Lane and her husband Stacey; two sons, Arthur F. and his fiancée Carol J. Herbstritt, and James R. and his wife Louise; six grandchildren, Caleb (Jessica) and Nathan King, Carly and Sam Aiello, Abby Dickinson and Steven Luchs; and one great-grandson, his little buddy Michael King.
Arthur was preceded in death by three sisters, Mary Caribardi, Eva Caribardi and Lucy - Sister John Francis; and three brothers, Victor, Joseph, and Donald.
A Funeral Mass for Arthur Salvadore Aiello will be celebrated at St. Leo Magnus Church on Monday, June 30 at 11 a.m. Memorials may be made to Ridgway Public Library, Community Nurses, and Ridgway Ambulance.