Ride Report posted for Al Philo


Alfonzo W. Giambrone was an American Hero, as a Veteran of the Korean War, U.S. Army. He spent his last years as a resident of the Gino Merli Veterans’ Center, in Scranton, PA. The request was for a flag line, at the viewing and calling hours, Friday evening, February 19, 2010. My pictures were taken at the very beginning of the time frame, as daylight was waning quickly. A dozen members of Warriors’ Watch Riders, Friends of the Forgotten, and Rolling Angels For Armed Forces gathered on the porch of the funeral home, to hold Old Glory and the U.S. Army flag in his honor.

After an hour, we all went inside, led by Friends of the Forgotten Northeast Wing president Howard Lee, to pay our respects. Member Kim Atkinson read a poem to honor a Fallen Soldier. She then presented a framed printing of the poem to the family of this Hero. George Atkinson called our contingent to Attention, to Present Arms. Our Veteran members gave a Military Salute; our civilian members held hands over hearts, as Nick Fata played Taps, from an adjoining room, as from the distance.

As we filed out to resume our places in the flag line, other members of our organizations were arriving, to take part in the flag line vigil, and to pay their respects.

Our deepest gratitude to the Miller-Bean Funeral Home, Friends of the Forgotten, Rolling Angels for Armed Forces, and especially to Alfonzo W. Giambrone, for his service to our country.

His obitiuary reads;

Alfonzo W. Giambrone

February 16, 2010

Alfonzo W. Giambrone, 79, a longtime resident of Scranton, died Tuesday afternoon in the Gino J. Merli Veterans Center after a lengthy illness. He was the widower of the former Ann Marie Ellis who died on October 29, 1991.

He was born in Dunmore, the son of the late Angelo and Elvira Nonni Giambrone. He was educated in Scranton Public Schools and was a member of St. Peters Cathedral. He was a veteran of the Korean War serving with the US Army. Prior to retirement he was employed by Morris White Fashions.

He enjoyed Penn State and the Yankees Old Timers games.

The family would like to thank Dr. Weston, Dr. Baikada, Dr. Hyzinski and the staff at the Gino J. Merli Veterans Center for their compassionate care.

Surviving are two daughters, Laura Gallagher and her husband Patrick, Archbald, Angie Farris and her husband Thomas, Dickson City; a sister, Carmela Buckman, Scranton; a brother, Frank Giambrone, Scranton; two grandsons, Sean Gallagher, Archbald, Bryan Gallagher, Archbald; nieces, nephews and cousins.

The funeral will be Saturday at 8:30 a.m. from the Miller Bean Funeral Home, Inc., with Mass at 9 a.m. in St. Peter’s Cathedral, 315 Wyoming Avenue. Interment will follow in the Cathedral Cemetery, Scranton.

Friends may call on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. Memorial contributions can be made in his memory to the Parents Loving Children through Autism (PLCTA), 1243 Wyoming Avenue, 3rd Floor, Scranton PA 18509.

Respectfully Submitted,
Al “Bluesman” Philo
Warriors’ Watch Riders Pennsylvania State Coordinator, Northeast PA Region