Louis Anthony Calvarese, Jr.,

Louis Anthony Calvarese, Jr., 55 of Wilmington passed away unexpectedly on Monday, January 8, 2018 while on a business trip in Clearwater, FL.

Lou was born in Wilmington, the son of Irene (Rich) and the late Louis A. Calvarese, Sr.  He graduated in 1980 from Mt. Pleasant High School, where he was voted most valuable athlete and the University of Delaware in 1984. He worked as the Mid Atlantic Regional Law Firm Account Manager for Corporation Service Company for the past 8 years.  Prior to that, he worked in various positions at MBNA, leaving as the Executive Senior VP after 25 years

Lou played Semi-Pro Baseball, pitching in the DE Semi-Pro League for the Delaware Stars from 1981-1987 and also for the Wilmington Red Sox during the Fall Semi-Pro League. In addition to playing, he coached and served on the board of the Piedmont Baseball League.  He was a member of the St. Anthony Holy Name Society and volunteered at the Italian Festival.  He served with his father, Louis, Sr. on the St. Anthony’s Sports Banquet Committee as the treasurer. 

Lou had a contagious smile and a personality that lit up a room. Once you met him, you felt like you had known him forever. He was a very kind, loving and giving man that anyone can attest to. He loved spending time with his loving wife, who he adored and worshipped, as well as his family and new granddaughter, Ava. He enjoyed playing golf and bocce with his many friends. In addition, he loved his beach time for sure.

Lou is survived by his newlywed wife, Dorothy (Pellegrini) Calvarese; his daughter, Gabrielle; his sons, Michael and Nicholas; his mother, Irene Calvarese; his sister, Susan Schneese (Patrick); his godchildren, Olivia and Luke Schneese; his step-children, Gabriella Tiberi (Vincent), Giovanni Ferrante, and Giuliano Ferrante; his step-granddaughter, Ava Ferrante, all of Wilmington, DE; and a future step-grandchild due in April that he was looking forward to meeting.

A visitation will be held on Monday, January 15th from 5-7PM at St. Helena’s Church, 602 Philadelphia Pike, Wilmington, DE 19809. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, January 16th at 10:30AM, also at St. Helena’s Church. Entombment will follow at Cathedral Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the American Heart Association, 200 Continental Dr # 101, Newark, DE 19713. Online condolences may be made at


Submitted by Jean Cocco on
Irene, Angelo and I are at a loss for words. We send our love and prayers to you and Susan and all of your wonderful family. We will be with you in spirit at the services as we are in Florida right now. Words cannot adequately express our sorrow at your loss. God bless you all. Jean and Angelo Cocco

Submitted by Jay Healy on
Prayers go out for Lou and his Family...I worked with Lou at MBNA and he was one of a kind, he was loved by everyone ..he will truly be missed by all...

Submitted by Sharon Cooper Beran on
Our hearts go out to the entire Calvarese family. What a tremendous loss for all. We have many cherished memories of days spent on the piedmont baseball fields long ago. AI baseball was also a special time. Lou was also a great fan of his kids. He was always a constant and positive influence for our son as well for many other young men. We will miss Lou.

Submitted by Rebecca on
I am sorry for your loss. May you find Strength from the love and care that surrounds you and comfort in the memories that you shared. Please accept my sincere condolences. 2 Thessalonians 2:16 ,17 .

Submitted by Mark Chronister on
Lou and I worked together at MBNA. He was such a great guy, always friendly and outgoing. My condolences to his family and friends.

Submitted by Edmund Wilson on
I worked with and for Lou at MBNA. He was a great manager and an even better person. Thanks for all the laughs, Lou. RIP.

Submitted by Gloria Halsey on
Lou was a great man and humanitarian. May his soul Rest In Peace. My condolences to his family. My thoughts and prayers are with them.

Submitted by Frank (Franny) ... on
Irene and Family, My sister, Marie, was kind enough to send us Lou's obituary and Sue and I would like to express our sincere condolences on the passing of your son. I don't believe we ever met Lou, Jr. but Sue and I know that it is contrary to the natural order that a parent has to bury their child. You are very fortunate to have a large. loving family and many friends to lean on at this time. Should you ever want to talk or visit, Sue and I are here for you. Regards, Susan & Frank (Franny) Pacinelli Paola, KS

Submitted by Roni Robinson on
My prayers and condolences to Lou's family and close friends. Great guy to work with at MBNA. Rest in peace Lou.

Submitted by Ellen Calvarese El on
Thanks very much Jim. We have some wonderful memories!! The good ole MBNA days!! We appreciate your sentiments. Ellen, Gabrielle, Michael and Nicholas

Submitted by Marianne Quinn ... on
Irene, my heartfelt condolences on the death of your son. My prayers are with you and your family.

Submitted by Nancy on
I am sorry to read about the passing of your loved one, Lou. He will be missed. May the love and memories you have for him sustain your family at this sadden time. May the God of all comfort (2Cor. 1:3,4) be with your family as well.

Submitted by Denise McGeever on
I was very saddened to hear of Lou's passing. I have many fond memories of Lou from our MBNA days together. Thoughts and prayers go out to all of his family and friends.

Submitted by M. Floyd on
To the Calvarese family, I am a co-worker from CSC and although I only met your Lou on a couple of occasions, I can tell he loved life and the beach! We were teamed up for an obstacle course on the beach in Clearwater several years ago and he was the consummate coach, getting our team ready to compete. Thank you for sharing him with us and may you be comforted and blessed by the many memories that will be shared during this time as you celebrate his life.

Submitted by Paula Vietri on
My sincere condolences

Submitted by Beth on
I cannot express how sorry I am for your loss. Lou was one heck of a guy. I am sending prayers to the entire Calvarese family to help you get through this most difficult time. He was a great guy, so enjoyed whenever he called or paid a visit. I was blessed to have known him.

Submitted by Sandy Petrucci on
Dorothy, Susan, Mrs Calvarese & families My condolences on the lost of your husband, brother & son. My thoughts & prayers are with you today & in the days to come.. I was only in Lou company a few times but always had a smile..

Submitted by Harry Reichner on
I am honored and blessed to have known Lou as one of his business clients. He was not just a colleague, but also a true friend, and I will miss his engaging and kind personality. Lou was a great man - gone too soon; my condolences.

Submitted by Taryn Edmonds on
Heartbroken. Lou was an awesome guy, and yes, he sure did light up a room when he entered. I did business with him as one of his clients, and when we spoke of family over an occasional meal, he always had something beautiful to say about his loved ones. His heart was biggest of all and I will miss him dearly. Sending many prayers and condolences to all of his family. He loved you all and I was lucky enough to hear about it! Be encouraged. May God bless and keep you all.

Submitted by Jim Fedena on
Thoughts and prayers to Lou's entire family. I am deeply sorry for your loss. R.I.P., Lou!

Submitted by James on
My deepest sympathy for your loss. May the memories of Lou continually lift your spirits. May you also remember the promises of our Heavenly Father Jehovah. He will swallow up death forever and soon end all our suffering. (Rev. 21:3-5; Isa. 25:8) Peace to you during this difficult time.

Submitted by Kelli Miles on
I knew Lou as the CSC account manager at 2 of the firms for which I worked but most importantly I considered him a friend. He was a wonderful man and I am so blessed to have had him in my life. My deepest condolences to his wife, children, mother and all who love him. I will truly miss him and always remember his loving spirit.

Submitted by Claudia Bass on
I knew Lou as an account manager for a number of years. He was an amazing person and will truly be missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

Submitted by Maureen Callahan on
My sincere condolences to all of Lou's family. I only knew Lou through phone conversations in his work at CSC. He was always friendly and cheerful. The suddenness of his passing must be a terrible shock for his family. I send you my deepest sympathies. Maureen Callahan Dechert LLP