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Obituary: Carl Tavolacci passed away at 104 years old

December 12, 2016 By Rob Abruzzese, Legal Editor Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Carl Tavolacci (sitting, left) with President of the Bay Ridge Lawyers Association (BRLA) Steve Spinelli (right) and state Sen. Marty Golden (standing) during a recent BRLA meeting this past September. Eagle photo by Rob Abruzzese

The local legal community lost a stalwart over the weekend as 104-year-old Carl Tavolacci of Staten Island passed away on Sunday.

Tavolacci was known as a Staten Islander and a lifetime member of the Richmond County Bar Association, but he was also a graduate of the first class at St. John’s University School of Law in 1935, when the school was on Schermerhorn Street in Downtown Brooklyn. He was also an honorary board member of the Bay Ridge Lawyers Association (BRLA) and had many clients in Southern Brooklyn.

“We are deeply saddened by the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Carl Tavolacci,” said Stephen Spinelli, president of BRLA. “Carl was an outstanding attorney, a devoted family man and a vital member of our community. He left his mark and influence on many young attorneys, including myself. He will be missed greatly”.

Tavolacci was the founder of the Kiwanis Club of Bensonhurst and Bay Ridge. He incorporated the Kiwanis Club and the Kiwanis Foundation on a pro bono basis. The group is responsible for raising more than $100,000 for charity each year. He was granted a lifetime membership to the group in 1980.

Tavolacci’s nearly 80-year career in law was only interrupted by World War II. From September 1943 to December 1945, Tavolacci served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army and he fought in Normandy and Northern France.

Tavolacci married Frances Mangano, who passed in 2002. He is survived by his two daughters, Carol T. Nobbs and Teresa Calagna, his two granddaughters, Trina Orsic and Carla Eicher Maresca and two great-granddaughters, Anya and Katerina Orsic.

 

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