Al’s Beginnings

Travels with Dad

—-This is a story of a complex relationship with my father, Al, who I came to love and understand after he was diagnosed with dementia.—-

On January 23, 1929, Alfred Dreyfus Fiore was born in Glens Falls, NY.  His parents, Mary Tonelli Fiore and Napoleon Bonaparte Fiore were already parents to Gaitano (Gus).  Gus was only a year and a half older than Al.  A few years later, Adolph Andre Fiore (Addie) joined the family.  The boys were close, and according to their mother, a joy to raise.  She told me several times throughout the years that she would love to have the opportunity to raise them again, because it was so fun and rewarding.

Al is the one standing in front of his mother.

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