Emidio J. "Zeke" Forlini
Sailor, Businessman, Cook
1928 - 2003
Born and raised in West Philadelphia, Mr. Forlini served in the Navy aboard Skagit for two years, returning in 1947, when he went to work in his father's contracting business. Mr. Forlini ventured out on his own several years later, starting the Action Supply Co. in West Philadelphia.
Zeke, a businessman who became known for hosting community lunches of pasta and meat balls in the kitchen of his concrete supply company.
Zeke began making lunch for his cement truck drivers because he didn't want them to stop at restaurants along the highway. Action Supply Co., Mr. Forlini's firm in Darby Township, had a state-of-the-art kitchen and Zeke cooked every day.
Zeke remained an active member of the USS Skagit Reunion Association since it's founding.
Those of us that knew Zeke will always cherish his devotion to the Association and to his fellow man. He would never take any credit or wish to be acknowledged for his acts of kindness.
Zeke passed away Jan. 7, 2003 at his home in Havertown, Penn., he was 74.
Emidio J. Forlini FORLINI EMIDIO J., `ZEKE´, on Jan. 7, 2003, of Havertown. Survived by his wife Barbara (nee Wood), his children Diana B. Rosini (Tom), Ernesto J. `Ernie´ (Jennifer), Kim M. Lambert (Joseph), Emidio J. Jr. (Janet) and Barbara Ann, his brother Vincent Forlini `Jimmy´ his sister Lucy DiFederico also 10 grandchildren. Relatives and friends are invited to his viewing on Sat. Jan. 11, 2003 1 to 4 P.M. and Sun. Jan. 12, 2003 1 to 8 P.M. at THE ROBERT L. D´ANJOLELL MEMORIAL HOME OF BROOMALL, 2811 West Chester Pike, Broomall PA. and to his funeral on Mon. morning Jan. 13, 2003 8:30 A.M. at The Memorial Home. Funeral mass 10 A.M. St. Bernadette´s Church, Bond and Turner Aves., Drexel Hill. Int. SS. Peter and Paul Cem. Contributions in his memory to C.H.O.P., Specifically for Children´s Oncology Research, Development Dept., 3535 Market St., 13th Fl., Phila., PA 19104 would be appreciated.
E. J. 'Zeke' Forlini, 74; businessman, cook
By Kristin E. Holmes
Inquirer Staff Writer
Emidio J. "Zeke" Forlini, 74, of Havertown, a businessman who became known for hosting community lunches of pasta and meatballs in the kitchen of his concrete supply company, died of cancer Tuesday at his home.
Mr. Forlini began making lunch for his cement truck drivers because he didn't want them to stop at restaurants along the highway.
Action Supply Co., Mr. Forlini's firm in Darby Township, had a state-of-the-art kitchen and Mr. Forlini cooked every day. But Thursdays were special: Mr. Forlini cooked pasta.
As word spread about the weekly rigatoni-and-meatball lunches, the number of people sitting around the kitchen table began to grow. Thursdays in Mr. Forlini's kitchen went on to become a Delaware County institution, a weekly event when politicians, government officials, deliverymen and truck drivers would stop by for a plate of pasta and conversation about the current events of the day.
"The first thing [you heard] from Zeke when you walked in was, 'Don't discuss politics; sit down and eat,' " said Thomas Judge Sr., chairman of the Republican Party in Darby Township and Delaware County.
Even so, Mr. Forlini held substantial political clout in the community, Judge said.
"When he asked for different projects to be done, you knew they were worthwhile because he was a man of his word - and you helped out," Judge said.
Born and raised in West Philadelphia, Mr. Forlini served in the Navy for two years, returning in 1947, when he went to work in his father's contracting business. Mr. Forlini ventured out on his own several years later, starting the Action Supply Co. in West Philadelphia.
Mr. Forlini was one of the first in the concrete business to use a front-discharge truck, despite the doubts of his colleagues. The trucks are now the standard. In 1972, he moved his company headquarters to Darby Township and later opened a third plant, in South Philadelphia.
Mr. Forlini helped spearhead the effort to create the Delaware County Emergency Services Training Center in Sharon Hill. In 1998, he received the Congressional Fire Service Award from the Delaware County Firemen's Association.
He had been married to Barbara Wood Forlini since 1971.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Forlini is survived by daughters Diana Rosini, Kim Lambert and Barbara Ann Forlini; sons Ernesto and Emidio J. Jr.; nine grandchildren; one brother; and one sister.
A viewing will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. today; 1 to 8 p.m. tomorrow, and 8 to 9 a.m. Monday at the Robert L. D'Anjolell Memorial Home of Broomall, 2811 West Chester Pike. A Funeral Mass will be said at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Bernadette's Roman Catholic Church, Bond and Turner Avenues, Drexel Hill. Burial is in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Marple Township.
Memorial donations may be made to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Development Department, 34th Street and Civic Center Boulevard, Philadelphia 19104. Donors are asked to designate contributions for children's cancer research.