Alfred Joseph Ferrari

September 27, 1919 ~ February 12, 2019 (age 99)

Alfred Joseph Ferrari, age 99 of Ormond Beach, Florida, went to be with his Lord on February 12, 2019.  Born on September 27, 1919, at age ten he emigrated to the United States from Stenico, Austria (now Italy) where he and his family settled in Jerome, Pennsylvania.  He met and married his wife of 67 years, Ellen June Caldwell of Somerset, PA, who predeceased him in 2009.  He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, as well as, a steadfast friend, and business colleague.  He graduated from Conemaugh Township High School and later from the American Savings and Loan Institute College of Business at the University of Indiana.  During World War II he proudly served with the 239th Combat Engineers during the Pacific campaign in New Guinea and the Philippines.  Earning the rank of Master Sergeant, he was awarded the Bronze Star for his selfless and loyal service.  Following the war, he and his bride returned to Pennsylvania before moving to Daytona Beach in 1954.  Here he began his lifelong career in the savings and loan industry at Daytona Beach Federal Savings and Loan which later became Heritage Federal.  He retired in 1982 as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Heritage Federal Savings and Loan.  He was an ardent businessman and civic leader.  He served as President of the Daytona Beach Kiwanis Club where he had 23 years of perfect attendance.  Additionally, he served on the Board of Counselors for Bethune-Cookman University and the Board of Visitors for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.  He also served as a board member of the Daytona Beach Chamber of Commerce, the United Way, the Mental Health Association, the Halifax Medical Center Associates and the Work Haven.  He was a charter member of the Ormond Beach Presbyterian Church, serving there as a deacon and an elder.  He and Ellen were avid golfers and for many years were active members of Oceanside Country Club.  He was a life member of the American Legion Post 181 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 554, both located in Somerset, PA.  Besides his wife Ellen, he was pre-deceased by his infant daughter Pamela Kay; his brothers Reno, Francesco, Mario and Frank; and his sister Esther.  He will missed by his daughter Patricia and her husband Joel Baker of Fayetteville, NC ; son Neal and his wife Michele Ferrari of Edgewater, FL; grandchildren Ryan and Jennifer Baker of Knoxville, TN, Jennifer and Ryan Burroughs of Lebanon, PA; Alex Ferrari of Deltona, FL and Joshua Ferrari, of Bethesda, MD; great grandchildren Noah and Delaney Baker, of Knoxville, TN, his sister Pearl Doherty of Cleveland, OH, and numerous nieces and nephews in PA, NY, and MD.  A graveside service will be held at 12:00 on March 2, 2019, Somerset County Memorial Park, with Reverend J. Matthew Deal officiating.  Arrangements by the Hauger-Zeigler Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Somerset.

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