Ottavio L. “Tavy” Calvarese, Jr.

February 22, 1959 - January 28, 2021

Ottavio L. “Tavy” Calvarese, Jr., age 61, of New Castle, DE, passed away on Thursday, January 28, 2021.

Born in Chester, PA on February 22, 1959, he was a son of the late Ottavio L. and Shirley (Starkey) Calvarese, Sr. Tavy made his living as a driver for Maryland Portable Concrete, where he retired after many years of service. In his free time, he enjoyed visiting the beach, fishing, golfing and spending time with his family and friends, especially his grandchildren. Tavy had a way of making those around him smile, and he will always be remembered as a person who could light up any room.

In addition to his parents, Tavy was preceded in death by his brothers, Jeffrey and Cappy and step-mother, Jeanette Calvarese. He is survived by his daughters, Melissa MacElroy (Ryan) and Allison Carbine (Brandon); dear friend, Annette Calvarese; sisters, Lynn Keenan, Cindy Calvarese and Kathleen Trazerra (Pete); grandchildren, Connor, Kayley, Bryce and a grandson expected in April 2021; and many nieces and nephews.

All services will be held privately.


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18 Condolences for Ottavio L. “Tavy” Calvarese, Jr.

  • I went to grade school with Tavy. He and I were the ones driving the Nuns to their wits end. Lost track of him as adults but reconnected in the past few years. He will be missed. My Condolences to other friends and family.

  • Doc and I are so sad for you all. We know how loved Tavy is. He was a character in his own right. We have fond memories of the time we spent with Tavy. Our condolences, prayers and sympathies to all of his family and friends especially his dear one.💔💙.

  • I really didn’t see tavy that often ,but a very funny memory .when I was in giant shopping about 25 years ago unknown to me he was there also with his daughter. He told her to steal my cart which she did as I said to her hey bring that back! ,tavy was hysterical with laughter. Very funny !
    May God be with you .

  • A true gentleman who loved his family and always put them first.
    His smile would light up a room.
    R.I.P Tavy

  • Lynn
    My sincere condolences to you and your family. The word of God says, to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. Your brother has gained his Wings. 🙏🏽

  • Thoughts and prayers are with Tavy’s family at this sad time
    I metTavy when his daughter, Melissa was engaged to my nephew, Ryan MacElroy
    He was such a happy person and seemed to enjoy life
    He was particularly fond of his family and his grandchildren
    He was often playing with them and they were his fishing buddies
    He will be missed but he is now free from illness and can Rest In Peace
    Happy memories in photos and videos will keep him in the hearts and minds of his friends and family
    God bless all

  • I really have some great memories of this guy. He was an awesome friend, even though I hung around him and his friends when we were teens, we had some good times. He really was a guy to make you laugh and smile. God Bless you Tavy and I will see you when I get there😪 AKA Madge Mozzani Mylett

  • Tavy was such a special person. He had a laugh that was so contagious and always smiling and joking around. Have always, and always will love this man. I will cherish the memories I have of him. Rest easy Tavy.

  • I am so sorry for your loss..prayers go out to the family!!!

  • We hung out growing up and I am truely blessed to have known and shared many great memories with Tavy. He was always a happy go lucky kind of guy who did light up the room always..He will be missed but we all have some great memories to remember him by….

  • Tavy is my second cousin. His mom, Shirley, is my grandma, Dottie’s, sister. I grew up in Texas and didn’t have the pleasure of being close to him. But when I met him a couple years ago, I loved him! He was so much fun! A really happy man with such a bright smile. I hope to see my family on the east coast soon. I hate that we don’t really know each other but it’s never too late! I’d love to come visit as soon as it’s safe to. I hope his loved ones can find some comfort in this time of grief. I may not know y’all but you’re my family and so I love you! Sending all my love.

  • Our favorite story of Tavy was when he would have Dad daughter time with Allison and Melissa and have a mani pedi with his girls.
    We also will always remember how excited he was the day Connor was born.
    His beautiful daughters and his grandchildren were everything to him.
    Rest in peace, Tavy

  • I worked with Tavy at Concord Beverage Company. We lost touch for a while, but reconnected on FB. He will be missed. RIP my friend.

  • I worked with Tavy at Savage at the De City Refinery. He was always so much fun and a joy to work with. He will be sadly missed by all.
    My condolences to the Family.

  • We love you Dear Nephew. You will be missed but always remembered. To know you was to love you.
    Love, Aunt Dot and Uncle Dominic

  • My condolences to the Calvarese family. I went to school with lynn, cindy, and tavy, at st anthony’s. He always was swimming in our pool and played baseball with me. Sorry for ur loss lynn and cindy and family. the matsanka family

  • Tavy was a great friend for probably 30+ years. I’ll never forget you buddy. Many years of fun and laughter. Rest in peace ole friend.

  • Just heard about Tavy’s passing. I’m Saddened & Shocked. We worked together for a few years at Savage/DCR. I remember him always smiling and being helpful. We had some good conversations and laughs. Peace & Strength be with the Family and his many Friends.