Adolfo Bello Jr. passed away peacefully at his home on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at the age of 79. His final days were spent surrounded by family. He was the beloved husband of 60 years to the love of his life, Audrey Callais Bello. Devoted father to Paul Adolfo Bello, Angela Bello Alef (Thomas) and Anita Bello Sarrat (Al). Loving grandfather to Macy Callais Alef, Emma Litman Alef, and Gabriel Adolfo Bello. Son of the late Blanca Dominguez Bello and Adolfo Bello, Sr. He is also survived and fondly remembered by many cousins, relatives, dear friends and his 13 rescue cats.
Adolfo was born in New Orleans, LA and was a longtime resident of St. Bernard Parish where he led an active life. He was an honored member of the Masons for 52 years: Initiated in 3/8/1965, Passed to Fellow Craft 4/12/1965, Raised to Master Mason in Cervantes Lodge #5 on 5/10/65 and held the following Offices: Master Mason; Tyler; Worshipful Master; Orator; Junior Deacon; Senior Deacon; and, Chaplin. He became a Plural Member with Germania Lodge #46 on 6/23/1999 and served the following offices: Master Expert; Inner Guard; and, Tyler. He served his country in the U.S. Air Force 63rd Troop Carrier Wing 5/23/1956 – 8/2/1962 and also served in the U.S. Army Reserve 1/2/1955, he retired from the NOPD 1976, was a member of Pipefitters Union with Local #60 and Business Administrator with Audrey’s Child Care Center 1980-2005.
Adolfo also enjoyed time spent among family and friends, especially Thursday lunches with his childhood buddies and bowling. He graduated from Francis T. Nicholls and received his Bachelor of Arts from Loyola University in Criminology. He was a member of many various clubs, including: Aphrodite (King) and Okeanus Carnival clubs, the Old 9th Ward Gang of St. Bernard and Battalion Commander of Italian Marching Club.
He will be forever remembered as a loving and loyal husband, father and grandfather, who loved his country and treasured his family and friends. He was our pillar of courage and strength, and a wonderful example of what it means to care for others.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a visitation to be held at St. Bernard Memorial Funeral Home, 701 W. Virtue St., Chalmette, LA on Saturday, September 16, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., followed by a funeral Mass beginning at 11:00 a.m. He will be laid to rest with military honors in St. Bernard Memorial Gardens. To view and sign the family guestbook, please visit www.stbernardmemorial.com.