Ivo Angelini

1936 – 2009

BEMIS — Ivo Angelini, 72, of Oquossoc, died Tuesday morning, July 28, at his camp at Bemis.

Ivo was born Sept. 23, 1936, in Rome, Italy, and was raised and received his education at the Repubblica dei Ragazzi in Civitavecchia. The Boy’s Town had a tremendous impact on Ivo, instilling in him the values of hard work and perseverance that he held dear, and teaching him the art of fine cabinetry and furniture making that he practiced and loved for the rest of his life. In 1956, he gave up his lifelong dream of flying, turning down an opportunity to attend the Italian Air Force Academy in order to move to the United States. Ivo settled in Connecticut where he lived until 1981 when, drawn to the lakes and mountains, he moved to the Rangeley area which would become his home until he died.

A long time resident of the Rangeley area, Ivo was very active in the community. He was a member and past president of the Rotary Club, and always took an interest in the lives of the children and young adults of the town. In 2002, Ivo and his wife, Nan Spencer-Angelini, founded a scholarship to support young students who had overcome past difficulties and who wished to pursue an education at a non-traditional college or trade school. He was tremendously proud of the recipients of the scholarship, whose accomplishments always exceeded his expectations, though never his hopes.

Ivo is survived by his wife and best friend of 23 years, Nan Spencer-Angelini; his family in Connecticut: son, Neal Angelini (Elizabeth Rodriguez) and grandchildren, Natasha, Pamela, and Jianna; daughter, Joanne Palumbo (Louis); and daughter-in-law, Margaret Sweetman-Angelini and grandchildren, Peter and Leslie Angelini; his family in Italy: brother, Giovanni D’Alessandro (Maria); and nephews, Raffaele, Gino, and Pietro D’Alesandro and families.

He is also survived by his son Clay Spencer and his daughter Ashley Spencer.

Ivo was loved dearly by family and friends, and his loyalty, mischievous humor, and quiet affection will be sorely missed.

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