Louis P. Brillante ’46 died on February 22, 2010, in Arlington, Massachusetts.
(The following was provided by the Obituary Registry on February 22, 2010)
Louis Phillip Brillante, 86, a lifelong resident of Arlington, died peacefully at home on Monday, Feb. 22, 2010. He was born at home, at 28 Fremont St. in Arlington, in 1923. He was the son of the late Philip Brillante and Amilia (Bona). He graduated from Arlington High School in 1941. He was awarded a football scholarship and attended Bowdoin College, then joined the Navy at the beginning of World War II where he served as a U.S. Naval aviator, 1942-1945. Lt. Brillante was a flight instructor flying out of the Naval Air Station, Corpus Christi, Texas. Louis was the beloved husband of the late Lillian A. (Albertelli). Louis was the loving father of Phillip L. Brillante and wife, Nada, of Virginia, Carol Ciampa and husband, Paul, of Woburn, Nanette Paddock and Ray of Colorado, and Louis Brillante of Watertown. The loving Grand “Papa” to Joshua and his wife, Maria, Jonathon, Alec and Alecia. Loving brother of Mary Sarno of Billerica, Orlando Brillante of Florida, Theresa Conte of Arlington, Jane Moore of Florida, Franca Ainsworth of Maine and Carlo Brillante of Tennessee; also brother of the late Anthony, Alfonso, George and John Brillante. Louie was the general manager of the Hotel Gardner, Back Bay, Boston during the late 40s and 50s. He opened the Caruso Room, which provided symphonic operatic, classical and semiclassical music. This novel idea of entertainment for Boston catered to music lovers who wished to hear their favorite aria or concerto or other selections while dining or relaxing at the Caruso Room. Mr. Brillante owned and managed the Faneuil Hall Lobster House on Union Street in Boston during the 60s and 70s. This was a local “watering hole” on the Boston Freedom Trail which is often remembered for its sawdust-covered floors, iced bottled beer, raw bar and individually prepared oyster stews, with their mystical male potency properties. In 1978, he acquired and operated the Stone Lounge at 147 Hanover St. in Boston, until his retirement in 1992. He enjoyed gardening, sharing the garden’s bounty with family and friends. He also enjoyed extended family gatherings and spending time with his children and grandchildren. Louie, a life member of the Arlington Elks Lodge; Disabled American Veterans; and the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts. In 1955-1956 he served as a sergeant of the Infantry for the Ancients.