Fortunato "Chubby" Quinto
A Family Man to the Fullest
Born: Saturday, 5 September 1936 (Brooklyn, New York)
Passed: Sunday, 28 October 2012 (Staten Island, New York)
Fotunato "Chubby" Quinto—My grandma and mother have told us so many stories over the years about how amazing he was. Before he was a grandfather, he was a devoted and wonderful father. As the saying goes, "The best dads always get promoted to grandpas," and he was no exception. He loved his family unconditionally.
Ever since I could remember my grandpa has always been there to give us a good laugh, to care for us, to console us when needed, to spoil us all and most importantly to be our best friend. When we were kids every Halloween we would create a vegetable pumpkin with him and he would bring it into our classrooms on Halloween. This meant so much to us, he always made us feel special. He would work at night and babysit his grandchildren during the day and made sure we were never bored.
His creativity and imagination were second to none and I am happy to say it is the best trait I received from him. I loved to do projects with him whether it was coloring, painting or woodwork.
My grandpa was also known to joke around a lot. When he was in the rehabilitation center, he would ride around the halls in his wheel chair with the TV remote turning off all the other patients TVs or changing the channels.
While I miss him dearly, I am grateful for every single second I spent with him. I can look back fondly at him and realize how much of him is truly within me.