Daniel P. Alario, Sr. was born on August 18th, 1936, and departed this life on April 10th, 2023. Amongst many of his career accomplishments, Mr. Alario was owner of Alario Bros. Marine and Fishing Supply, he was the Westwego Historian, President of the Westwego Historical Society, curator of the Westwego Historical Museum and appointed Mayor of Westwego from November 14, 2008 to January 14, 2009.
Daniel was born in Westwego, Louisiana in the home of his Uncle Jessie and Aunt Ella Delaune Matherne located at 652 Avenue A. He is the son of the late Adeline Matherne Alario, who was a resident of Gheens, Louisiana, and the late Antoine J. Alario, originally from Cheniere Caminada (Grand Isle). The Alario family came to Westwego as commercial fishermen.
During his childhood, Daniel enjoyed fishing and hunting along Bayou Segnette and crossing the Westwego Ferry (Walnut Street Ferry) to Audubon Park. He often reminisced about working at the family seafood business, Alario Bros. Seafood located at 430 Sala Avenue. In 1957, Alario Bros. Marine and Fishing Supply was established. The commercial fishing supply store is still operating today at 894 Avenue A. Many of his employees were like family and his customers, his friends. And finally, Mr. Alario was proud of running in the Boston Marathon at the age of 52.
Mr. Alario was also an accomplished author publishing four books on the history of Westwego. The first book titled Westwego, from Canal to Cheniere, a history of Westwego, his second book, Westwego Remembered, a pictorial book of past Westwego families, a third book, Westwego Salutes the Military, a pictorial book honoring the military men and women from Westwego, and a fourth book, Westwego Remembered II which included remaining photos of Westwego families. Daniel was also proud of his “History of Westwego” program that aired on Jefferson Parish television. Daniel and BeBe were instrumental in assisting the designing of the Westwego Museum and the Westwego Farmer’s Market.
Daniel is preceded in death by his wife, Zenobia “BeBe” Rebstock Alario, his childhood sweetheart, with whom he married in 1955. He is survived by his two daughters, Kathy Alario-Choquette (Walter) and Eva Alario-Ruttley (Ernest), and one son Daniel P. Alario, Jr. (Louise).
It was Daniel’s privilege to be the grandfather of nine grandchildren: Jacques Choquette (Heather), Kathryn LeCron (Ross), Jennifer Levert (Scott), Daniel Alario III, Jonathan Alario (Julie), David Alario, Mike Corcoran Jr. (Kaitlyn), Benjamin and Jack Corcoran.
He was also the Great Grandfather of John Tarsitana, Gabriel and Gabriella Levert, Lane and Lily LeCron, Mackenzy and Amelia Choquette, Kathryn and Daniel IV Alario. He leaves behind numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins; many who called him “Uncle Dan”.
The Alario family would like to thank Joyce (Peachez) Parker and Liz Griffin for their compassion and care during this last year. The family would also like to extend their appreciation to St. Joseph hospice worker, Caitlyn, who was with the family minutes prior to Daniel’s death.
Visitation will be held on Monday, April 17, 2023 at Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic Church in Westwego from 10:00 AM until Funeral Mass time at 12:00 PM. Interment Gate of Heaven Mausoleum, Westwego, LA. Fr. Emile “Buddy” Noel officiating.
In lieu of flowers, we would appreciate donations to the Westwego Historical Society and the University of New Orleans where his personal collection is housed in their archives. Mothe Funeral Homes handled funeral arrangements.