Giorgio Floridia, who is well-known in Lafayette for his time here managing Marcello's, has died. He was 54 years old.
Floridia was a resident of League City, Texas, and died in Houston of COVID-19 related conditions on January 13. He was diagnosed with the virus in November.
His friends have set up a GoFundMe to help pay for funeral expenses, and to help his widow in raising their two children. If you'd like to help, you can find it here. A Facebook page has been set up for friends and families to share memories of him here.
Here is his obituary:
Giorgio was born and raised in Messina, Sicily. He came to America to get his education, and received his Bachelor Degree at the University of Houston and his Master’s degree at University of St. Thomas.
Giorgio moved back to Sicily, where he married Antonella in Siracusa, Sicily on June 19, 2002 and began raising a family. His desire was to move back to America, which he did with his family in 2010.
After moving to the Houston area, Giorgio worked alongside his family at Pomodoro’s Cucina Italiana restaurant. Giorgio was not only the manager of the restaurant- he was the lively heartbeat that kept the restaurant thriving.
Giorgio was loved by all he met; he had a brighter than life personality and a never-ending positive attitude. Giorgio enjoyed every aspect of life and lived every day to the fullest. Giorgio befriended all he encountered and created lifelong friendships that reach from Italy to Louisiana, to Texas.
Giorgio’s charismatic charm and lively spirit will never be forgotten and will live on through his family and friends.
He is preceded in death by his father, Giuseppe Floridia.
Giorgio leaves behind his wife, Antonella Minardi; son, Giuseppe Floridia, daughter, Francesca Floridia; mother, Melina Floridia; sister, Emanuela Floridia; brothers: Lillo Floridia and Cristian Floridia.
Here's a photo of him with his wife and children:
There will be a memorial service held on Saturday, January 23, 2021 10:00 am at St. Mary of the Expectation Catholic Church in League City, Texas. It will be streamed on Facebook here.