Biography of Anthony Carnevale (1950-2000)
Educator, community leader, politician and judge, Anthony Carnevale was born in Providence, Rhode Island on October 2, 1950 and was the son of Antonio and Mary F. (Stracqualursi) Carnevale. He was a product of Providence Public Schools, attending Merino and Laurel Hill Elementary Schools and the Oliver Hazard Perry Middle School before graduating from Mount Pleasant High School in 1968. During his high school and college years, Carnevale worked for his family at Carnevale Fence Company on Valley Street in Providence. His high school yearbook listed his ambition to become an Industrial Arts teacher.
Carnevale pursued that ambition when he began his post-secondary career at Rhode Island College. There he became a member, and ultimately president, of the Sigma Iota Alpha fraternity. In 1970 Carnevale attended basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antionia, Texas. He remained in the United States Air Force Reserve for 21 years, retiring as a lieutenant colonel.
He received a Bachelor of Science degree with a Major in Industrial Arts from Rhode Island College in January 1973. He immediately began teaching at Oliver Hazard Perry Middle School, serving as a teacher in Industrial Arts and Mathematics, and later as a guidance counselor.
Anthony Carnevale was elected to the Rhode Island House of Representatives as a delegate from Providence and Johnston's 12th District in 1976. He represented the District for 6 terms (12 years). During his tenure, Representative Carnevale chaired the Joint Committee on Accounts and Claims as well as the Health, Education and Welfare Committee.
In August of 1979, Carnevale married Audry B. Neri and entered into a loving partnership that would continue throughout his lifetime. In 1984 Carnevale earned his Juris Doctorate from Suffolk University Law School in Boston. He was admitted to the Rhode Island Bar Association that same year. In 1988 Anthony Carnevale was named to the position of Magistrate of the Rhode Island Superior Court. He was temporarily assigned as a justice of the Rhode Island District and Superior Courts from 1990-1991.
Throughout his life, Judge Carnevale was dedicated to children's causes. He was a long-time member of the Boy Scouts of America-a committee member of Troop 26, Providence and a member of the Camp Yawgoog Alumni Association. He served as Commissioner for camping events for the Narragansett Council.
Judge Anthony Carnevale was extremely active in the local community. He served as a Board Member of the Hartford Park Community Center and the Silver Lake Annex Multi-Purpose Community Center. He was a member of the Order of the Sons of Italy in America Loggia Piave No. 364, where he was an annual participant in the Order's Morra Tournament. Carnevale was also a member of the Rhode Island Bocce League, the St. Bartholomew Church Holy Name Society Bowling League, the Rosario Society, the St. Bartholomew Society, the Justinian Law Society, the Rhode Island Association of Italian American Police, the Highlander Rod and Gun Club, the Smithfield Lions Club and the Aurora Civic Organization. He was a communicant of the Holy Cross Church on Hartford Avenue.
Judge Carnevale was a recipient of countless awards and testimonials in recognition of his love of and dedication to children and his community.
Anthony Carnevale passed away on August 7, 2000 at the age of 49.