Vincenzo Raphael Calabrese
Our great grandpa, Vincenzo Raphael Calabrese, was born in 1878. His family lived on a farm and grew grapes in a town called Foggia. It’s located on the Adriatic Sea side of Italy but in the interior, parallel to Naples.
One day, our great grandma Celeste was working in the fields near Foggia when a shirtless Cavalry Officer rode up to her. His red chest hair glistened in the hot shining sun and she instantly fell in love. That Officer was our great grandfather who had been drafted into the Cavalry at the age of sixteen. They soon married.
After his service great grandpa opened a small business in Naples and they had two children. But due to a poor economy (southern Italy was very poor) he lost his business and decided to immigrate to the United States. He left Celeste and the 2 children with her parents and made the trip alone. This was around 1900.
So the family tree is as follows; Great grandpa Vincenzo married Celeste. They had a son Raphael (our grandpa) who married Helen. They had a son James (our dad) who married Judy and they gave birth to 3 sons Jimmy, Bobby, and Davey who became The World’s Greatest Horror Rock Band...and the rest as they say is "history."