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Anthony J, Merolla, Jr.

October 9, 1943 ~ January 31, 2024 (age 80) 80 Years Old

Anthony Merolla, Jr. Obituary

 80, of Cranston, passed away on Wednesday, January 31, 2024, surrounded by his family. Born in Providence, he was the son of the late Anthony J. and Vincenza “Jennie” (Spagnoli) Merolla, Sr. He was the loving husband of 49 years to the late Carol (Biccicco) Merolla and the longtime companion of Paula Sardelli.

Anthony was a graduate of LaSalle Academy and the former founder and co-owner of Fabro Jewelry Co. in Providence, working alongside his father and brothers. Later, he founded AFD Jewelry. A devout Catholic and parishioner of Immaculate Conception Church, Anthony enjoyed spending time with his "church" family.

Family time took precedence for Anthony, cherishing Sunday dinners and lunch dates, always capturing the experience through pictures. A self-proclaimed "foodie," he relished dinners out, football, and watching the Hallmark channel with Paula. Even in retirement, his passion for the jewelry industry remained evident as he continued working from home. He and Paula cherished time with family and took trips to Florida.

He is survived by his loving children Anthony J. Merolla, III, and his wife Susan, Kevin J. Merolla and his significant other Christina Iannelli, Kimberly Merolla-Brito and her significant other David Celeste. He was the cherished grandfather of Isabella Merolla and Autumn Brito and the dear brother of David Merolla. He was predeceased by his two brothers, Frank Merolla and Rocco Merolla.

His funeral will leave from the Nardolillo Funeral Home & Crematory, 1278 Park Ave., Cranston, at 9:15 am on Friday, February 9, 2024, followed by his Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 am at Immaculate Conception Church, 237 Garden Hills Drive, Cranston. Burial will be in St. Ann’s Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held on Thursday from 5:00 - 8:00 pm.

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