Biagio “Mike” Izzi, 88, of Providence, passed away peacefully at home, after a brief illness, on Friday, March 1, 2019 surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of the late Leona (Farrelly) Izzi, whom he married in 1956. Born in Providence, he was the son of the late Gennaro and Vincenza (Simoni) Izzi.
Biagio graduated from Mt. Pleasant High School in 1948 and continued to work with his father in his business, "Izzi and Son's Oil", delivering coal, oil and kerosene. He wanted to expand his father's delivery business by installing and servicing heating systems and went to work for several oil companies, including "Atlantic Coal" (without pay). Frustrated by others' inability to teach heating system designs, Biagio attended classes offered during the Korean War from heating system manufacturers. He expanded the business to include heating and later, air conditioning, installation and service. He attained licenses in Master Refrigeration, Sheet Metal and Pipe Fitting and operated "Izzi & Sons, Incorporated", a business co-owned with his late brother Lawrence, until Lawrence's death in 1994. In 1997, Biagio sold the oil business but continued to draft, design and install heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) with his son until his illness in February 2019. Biagio was proud of the many systems he installed and serviced for more than 60 years. He found great pleasure in his work, and enjoyed teaching his work to others. He was a mentor to many in the HVAC industry and always willing to share his vast knowledge and expertise.
Biagio also enjoyed cooking for and sharing events with his family and friends. He loved music, dancing, a good joke, working with his hands and texting with emoji's. He was a great story-teller, problem-solver and immensely loyal to his convictions, which included weekly mass at St. Augustine's Church. He greeted everyone he met warmly, gave the best hugs and made friends, acquaintances and customers feel like family.
His greatest accomplishment is the bond of family. A loving and devoted father, grandfather and great grandfather, he is survived by his four children, Michael Izzi, Barbara Forloney and her husband Gary, Anne Marie Izzi, and Susan Desrosiers and her husband Jason; a sister, Maria Gionet; 9 grandchildren, Kristin Narcisi and her husband Joseph, Cara Carlone and her husband Richard, Anthony Forloney, Gary Forloney Jr. and his wife Shaylyn, Nicholas DeLisi and his wife Yamile, Brandon DeLisi and his wife Courtney, Amanda DeLisi, Addison Greene and Trinity Greene; and 5 great grandchildren, Amelia, Eva, Lucia, Olivia and Elia. He is also survived by his loyal canine companion, Sirius, who went to work with him for the past 11 years. He was the brother of the late Lawrence Izzi and is survived by his wife, Marie (Rosati) Izzi. He is also survived by his sisters-in-law, Mariann Farrelly and Joyce Farrelly and brother-in-law Edward D'Andrea. Biagio was also a loving uncle and is survived by 17 nieces and nephews (and their spouses, children and grandchildren), his cousins Anthony, Salvatore and Thomas Guadagno and their spouses, children and grandchildren. He leaves many well loved relatives in Italy, and many friends, whom he considered family.
His funeral will be held Thursday, March 7, 2019 at 9 a.m. from the MACERONI FUNERAL HOME, 1381 Smith Street, North Providence, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Augustine Church, 639 Mount Pleasant Ave., Providence. Burial will be in St. Ann Cemetery, Cranston. Visitation Wednesday 3 - 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in Biagio's memory may be made to: Continuum Hospice, 1350 Division St. Suite 205, West Warwick, RI 02893 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000 Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101.