June 7th proclaimed Al Stango Day

by Dave on June 17, 2008

As a lifelong Lewes resident, I had the opportunity for many years to know Al Stango, albeit as a young kid. I remember him as a very quiet gentleman and always smiling, especially when he was working at his gas station. No matter how hot or cold the weather, Al would always greet you with a big smile and of course, a lollipop.

CoastalSussex.com would be remiss to not acknowledge all he did for Lewes. Al served as the Mayor for 24 years. As Mike Mahaffie, our State Planner, says on his site, Al Stango was one of the reasons he fell in love with Lewes. I totally agree.

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John Del Vecchio June 5, 2009 at 8:42 am

I appreciated your kind words about my uncle, Al Stango. He was my mother’s brother, the youngest of six. Some of the family tried to talk him out of moving and starting a business in a small town nobody heard of or could pronounce correctly.
I am planning on attending the Sunday ceremony with one of my daughters and am looking forward to seeing relatives, some of whom I have never met.

John Del Vecchio

John Del Vecchio June 6, 2009 at 2:13 pm

I appreciated your kind words about my uncle, Al Stango. He was my mother’s brother, the youngest of six who grew up in Newark, NJ. Al came to stay with us during the Depression and found his wonderful wife, Madeline, there. They lived with us until they were able to afford a small apartment of their own. Al was a cab driver and gas station attendant until they moved to Lewes with their two children the year the Bay Bridge opened. Many in the family tried to talk them out of taking the dangerous step of moving and opening a Western Auto store in a town nobody had heard of or could pronounce correctly. Looking back, I must admit it was a wise decision on their part. Madeline always was a smart and hard-working mate who contributed much to Al’s success. I am glad she will be there for the celebration tomorrow.

I am planning on being there with my daughter. I live in Rockville, MD. I am looking forward to seeing relatives, some of whom I have never met. One who will be there is Alfred Stango, a son of Al’s brother Louie, who lives in Bethany Beach.

I hope to meet you tomrrow.

John Del Vecchio

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