2013-06-20 / Letters/Opinion

Looking Back At Pioneers In Canarsie

Dear Editor,

A friend of mine just gave me a printout of the Canarsie Courier’s “Yesterday & Today” when Picone Hardware store on Flatlands Avenue and East 79th Street was featured.

I was delighted and honored to see the article.

My name is Marilyn Gulotta (Marilyn Picone), born in 1935, raised in Canar-sie and now residing on Long Island.

I am the proud daughter of Vito Picone, Sr. and Lily Picone, both of whom passed away in 1997. My dad and my mom were exceptional individuals. My dad worked hard all his life and Picone Hardware and Building Materials was their dream come true. He was the master builder of the successful business that served the community for so many years.

The whole family, my mom, brother, husband, nephews and son, as well as staff worked alongside my dad. He was a very hands-on person – always ready to help any customer and patiently offer his expert hardware and building knowledge to anyone who needed advice.

But, most importantly, he was a wonderful and loving dad, grandfather and devoted husband to his wife of 66 years. He always had time to encourage and patiently assist any one of us.

I learned so very much from my dad. Building, hardware and retail are in my genes. Both parents cheered me on when I opened my own successful gift boutique on Long Island.

Thank you for the wonderful article and the great memories. For the past 12 years I have lived on Long Island, but growing up, attending school, getting married and having my two children in Canarsie was the greatest!

Marilyn Gulotta

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