Angelo C. Badolato
Angelo C. Badolato was born on May 12, 1909, in New York to Margaret Magrino, age 22, and Stephen Anthony Badolato, age 26. He had one younger brother Michael. The family moved to Mamaroneck when he was a boy and he attended schools there and graduated from Mamaroneck High School.
His father owned the Red Lion Inn on Post Road in Mamaroneck and raised everything they needed for the restaurant on 50 acres they owned nearby. They had horses for the plowing, cows for the milk, chickens for the eggs and poultry, Angelo recounted in a 1980 interview in The Daily Item. We had a truck garden that took care of our needs summer and winter, and we raised our own hop, he said.
Although he grew up in the restaurant business, Mr. Badolato did not plan to enter the family business. After graduating from Fordham University, he began law school but left to help his father and brother run the restaurant during the Depression.
In 1937, Mr. Badolato became manager of the Playland Casino at a time when the Big Bands played there and were broadcast on the radio. It was the time of the Dorsey Brothers and Glenn Miller our music, Mr. Badolato said. "It had a melody, it had words you could understand when they were singing, he said in the 1980 interview.
Angelo married Madeline Thornton in 1938 and they moved to Rye in 1940. In Rye they lived at 12 Drake Avenue and were parishioners of Resurrection Church.
Angelo served as an officer in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Lt. Angelo C. Badolato Commissioned and Warrant Officers, Regular and Reserve, of the United States Navy and served until 1945. He served on the Aircraft Carrier USS Bennington (CV-20) and saw action supporting the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa. (See Discharge Record)
In 1950, Mr. Badolato began a( long career as manager of the Glen Island Casino in New Rochelle. Though the dining and dancing at the casino waned in the late 1950s and 1960s, Angelo continued to manage the establishment until he retired in 1982.
With his son, he also managed other concessions for Westchester County, including the Westchester County Center in White Plains. After he retired, he helped his son, Robert, run the restaurant at the Rye Golf Club.
Angelo C. Badolato of Rye, who had managed both Glen Island and Play land Park casinos, promoting the Big Band music that he loved, died Monday at United Hospital Medical Center in Port Chester. He was 84.
At the time of his death, in addition to his wife, Angelo was survived by five sons, Stephen, Robert, Peter, William and Christopher; two daughters,' Margaret Badolato and Patricia Fallon; a brother, Michael of SL Petersburg, Fla.; nine grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.