Alfonso was born and raised in Buffalo New York, where he graduated Kensington High School. Alfonso then served his country in the Army; being stationed overseas during the tail end of the Allied occupation of Berlin. When he returned home, he immediately started working two jobs: during the day for his older brother John’s trucking business, and in the evenings for American Airlines.
In 1960 he purchased Lafayette Storage & Moving, a small moving company established in 1931 and went into business for himself. He became an agent for Atlas Van Lines and continued working evenings for American Airlines for another eight years while he built his moving and storage company in Buffalo.
In 1970 he opened a new facility in West Henrietta to expand Atlas Van Lines growth into the Rochester market and enjoyed rapid growth and success over the next four decades, including serving on the Atlas Van Lines Board of Directors for four years and being named one of the Top 25 Sales Agents for Atlas before retiring to Melbourne, Fl.
Away from work, Alfonso “Big Al” Ferrentino lived his life to the fullest. He loved being around family and friends and had a deep passion for his Buffalo sports teams, owning season tickets for the Bills, Sabres and even Buffalo Braves while they were in the NBA. He was an avid golfer and member of Briarwood Country Club, where he had a home right off the 17th fairway for years before retiring to Florida.
He was part owner of Par Birdie Stables which owned a horse named Bay’s Fella. In 1990, Bay’s Fella became the highest priced winner in Breeders Crown history at 69 to 1 odds, a title he holds to this day. Al also enjoyed playing racquetball, tennis, and in particular ping pong with his children.
However, his true sports love was bowling, also known as the Ferrentino family sport. Following in the footsteps of his father John “Pop” Ferrentino, and older siblings John Jr. and Bridget, he bowled in numerous leagues and tournaments, recorded highs of a 300 game, a 781 set, and even earned his membership onto the Senior PBA Tour in 1994.
A fun fact that people may not remember is that Al had a brief singing career. Under the stage name of Al Talero, he recorded an a single on a 78 rpm.
Some have said the phrase “Larger Than Life” was written to describe him, he might say he was trying to sneak two lifetimes worth into one. He will be greatly missed by all that knew him.
Ferrentino, Alfonso Joseph of Melbourne, FL formerly of Hamburg, NY, on April 8, 2019. Beloved husband of Doreen Labine Ferrentino; loving father of Mark, Vincent (Nancy), Catherine, Matthew (Sandy), and Mario (Kathryn) Ferrentino; dearest grandfather of Veronica, Andrew, Kylie, Joey, and Dominick; dear brother of Bridget, the late John (late Alice), and the late Anthony (Judy) Ferrentino. Friends will be received 2-6 PM, Saturday, at LAKESIDE MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, INC. 4199 Lake Shore Rd., Hamburg (Crnr Rte 5 & Camp Rds) 716-627-2919, where a funeral service will immediately follow at 6 PM. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, in his memory.
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