Louis Anthony Calvarese, Jr., 55 of Wilmington passed away unexpectedly on Monday, January 8, 2018 while on a business trip in Clearwater, FL.
Lou was born in Wilmington, the son of Irene (Rich) and the late Louis A. Calvarese, Sr. He graduated in 1980 from Mt. Pleasant High School, where he was voted most valuable athlete and the University of Delaware in 1984. He worked as the Mid Atlantic Regional Law Firm Account Manager for Corporation Service Company for the past 8 years. Prior to that, he worked in various positions at MBNA, leaving as the Executive Senior VP after 25 years
Lou played Semi-Pro Baseball, pitching in the DE Semi-Pro League for the Delaware Stars from 1981-1987 and also for the Wilmington Red Sox during the Fall Semi-Pro League. In addition to playing, he coached and served on the board of the Piedmont Baseball League. He was a member of the St. Anthony Holy Name Society and volunteered at the Italian Festival. He served with his father, Louis, Sr. on the St. Anthony’s Sports Banquet Committee as the treasurer.
Lou had a contagious smile and a personality that lit up a room. Once you met him, you felt like you had known him forever. He was a very kind, loving and giving man that anyone can attest to. He loved spending time with his loving wife, who he adored and worshipped, as well as his family and new granddaughter, Ava. He enjoyed playing golf and bocce with his many friends. In addition, he loved his beach time for sure.
Lou is survived by his newlywed wife, Dorothy (Pellegrini) Calvarese; his daughter, Gabrielle; his sons, Michael and Nicholas; his mother, Irene Calvarese; his sister, Susan Schneese (Patrick); his godchildren, Olivia and Luke Schneese; his step-children, Gabriella Tiberi (Vincent), Giovanni Ferrante, and Giuliano Ferrante; his step-granddaughter, Ava Ferrante, all of Wilmington, DE; and a future step-grandchild due in April that he was looking forward to meeting.
A visitation will be held on Monday, January 15th from 5-7PM at St. Helena’s Church, 602 Philadelphia Pike, Wilmington, DE 19809. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, January 16th at 10:30AM, also at St. Helena’s Church. Entombment will follow at Cathedral Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the American Heart Association, 200 Continental Dr # 101, Newark, DE 19713. Online condolences may be made at mealeyfuneralhomes.com.