Obituary for Jose “Evelio” Alvarez, devoted Villager and staffer at The Bagel

Alvarez at Union Square in 2005. (Courtesy Susan Quinby)

BY SUSAN QUINBY | Devoted denizen of the Greenwich Village community for nearly a century, beloved member and spirited staffer of the Bagel Restaurant (“What’s good to eat?!”) for 32 years, lifelong bachelor and lover of his friends and family, the Plaza Hotel and all things Kardashian — Jose “Evelio” Alvarez died on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019 in New York City after a brief illness.

Born in Cienfuegos, Cuba to Maria De Los Angeles Alvarez and Jose Alvarez, Evelio loved traveling, pop music, movies and theatre, making his acting debut in “The Night We Never Met” and enjoyed the many devoted regulars at The Bagel. He loved to talk about Ellen Barkin who waited tables (as well as the many movie stars he’d served over many years), serving French toast and eggs to Lauren Hutton, Robert De Niro, Matthew Broderick, Sarah Jessica Parker, Aiden Quinn, Julia Roberts and John F. Kennedy, Jr.

Special friends for many years, Dr. Lawrence Ottaviano (and his staff) are among Evelio’s many devoted fans, with the two amigos sharing tea at The Plaza as well as trips to visit Evelio’s mother at a nearby cemetery.

Jose “Evelio” Alvarez (Courtesy Susan Quinby)

The viewing will take place on Thursday, December 5 from 9-10 a.m. at the Greenwich Village Funeral Home, 199 Bleecker St., New York, NY 10012.

The Mass will follow, taking place at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Pompeii, 25 Carmine St., New York, NY 10014, with internment immediately following at the Green-Wood Cemetery, 500 25th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11232.

To honor Evelio’s memory, flowers may be sent to the Greenwich Village Funeral Home (by Wednesday, Dec. 4) or donations may be made to the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 220 East 42 Street, New York, NY 10017.

2 Responses to Obituary for Jose “Evelio” Alvarez, devoted Villager and staffer at The Bagel

  1. Arlette and Larry Loomis

    Evelio was a dear friend for 50 years (!). We shared the second floor of 168 W. 4th St, his mother Angelina took loving care of our baby with the help of her sister Aida, and we saw the love and sensitivity with which Evelio took care of his mother and aunt. We had to leave Greenwich Village and its wonderful community in 1972, but our friendship with Evelio remained as strong. We called each other every couple of months and he never failed to send us around Christmas time a basket of delicious pears, as he said, “in memory of his mother who loved us so much”. We will miss you Evelio! We will visit you in the Spring and enjoy the beautiful blossoming cherry trees and tulips that you have planted around the cemetery plot that you will share now with your beloved mother.

  2. Arlette and Larry Loomis

    Evelio was a dear friend for 50 years (!). We shared the same floor at 168 W. 4 Street, his mother Angelina took loving care of our baby with the help of her siste, Aida, and we saw the love and sensitivity with which Evelio took care of his mother and aunt. We had to leave Greenwich Village and its wonderful community, but our friendship with Evelio never left us. We communicated every couple of months, and he always sent us around Christmas time, a basket of delicious pears, in memory as he said “of his mother who loved us so much.” We will miss you Evelio! We will visit you in the Spring and enjoy the blossoming cherry trees and beautiful tulips that you planted at the cemetery around the plot that you will now share with your mother.

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