Louis E. Miano, Jr of Needham, formerly of East Boston, entered into rest on August 23, 2021 at the age of 91. Beloved husband of the late Anna M. for 66 years. Loving father of Luanne M. Perrera, and her husband Michael of Medfield and Edward L. Miano also of Medfield. Beloved grandfather of Christina M. Garrubbo of Medfield, Michael E. Miano of Virginia, Jessica L. Miano of Charlestown and Danielle A. Miano, of Texas.
Lou proudly served in the US Army as a radio traffic analyst in the Korean War.
He earned both his High School diploma from Boston English and his A.B.A from Northeastern University by attending classes at night for over eight years.
Lou had many accomplishments and marvelously unique experiences in his over 40-year long career with New England Telephone. He started as a 16-year-old boy in the company cafeteria “painting” lines on burgers, (so they appeared as if they had been grilled). He worked his way up over the years and held numerous management positions from the coin department to marketing, customer service and human resources. He was a much-loved manager and colleague, maintaining relationships with some until the day he died. He was probably most well-known for his role as Liaison Officer of the Telephone Pioneers of America, at the time, the Nation’s largest volunteer organization, a role that he loved. He and his wife, Ann became a force in promoting volunteerism in New England and around the country. In that capacity, Lou championed many causes including raising funds for the restoration of the Statue of Liberty, organizing the 1984 Olympic Torch Relay, organizing Special Olympics, painting playgrounds, nurturing the Beeping Ball Project (baseballs for the visually impaired) and too many more to numerous to count. Other professional accomplishments include being a founding member and Director Emeritus of the BellTel Retirees Association and Director of the Telephone Workers Cooperative Bank.
Lou was a proud Bostonian. He loved this city. After his retirement in 1990, he opened a laundromat, the Laundry Emporium in Brighton where he regaled customers with stories of the city and its rich history. He could give a tour of Boston as if he had personally built each structure, park and bridge. To commemorate the completion of the Central Artery Project, known as “The Big Dig”, he took all 4 grandchildren to its opening. We often joke that he should have called the laundry Lou’s Laundry Emporium and Historical Society.
Lou, met his beloved wife Ann at the age of 14 in their East Boston neighborhood. On their first date, he bought her a “nickel pickle”. Together, they built a life, a home and a family in a marriage that lasted 66 incredible years. They were partners in every sense of the word. They loved music, especially dancing, entertaining and most of all playing host to family and friends.
Lou was a devoted Dad and family man. He delighted in the many accomplishments of his children Luanne and Ed and supported them in every possible way, whether it was hammering a nail on some home improvement project, driving to a 5:00 am hockey practice or holding a fearful hand at a hospital bedside. He worked with Ed at Ed’s company Atlantic Appraisal Group. In addition to meeting customers and showing houses Lou represented the firm at the Needham Business Association. In his free time he also volunteered at BIDMC Needham.
As a grandfather to Christina, Mike, Jesse and Dani, he delighted in swimming in the pool with them, hearing about their many achievements, attending concerts, recitals and Little League games, the July 4th parade and lazy beach days on Martha’s Vineyard. He loved writing letters to them and always put on the back flap S.W.A.K (sealed with a kiss) In remembering her Grandpa, Christina remarked that she loved that he taught her how to garden because it helped her understand “what it means to make something grow.”
Visiting hours will be held in the Eaton Funeral Home, 1351 Highland Ave, Needham, on Sunday August 29th from 4-7pm. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held in Saint Joseph Church, 1362 Highland Avenue, Needham on Monday August 30th at 11am. Interment with Military Honors will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, West Roxbury.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in Lou’s memory made be made to the St. Francis House, 39 Boylston St. Boston, MA 02116.
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