D'Aquila, 48, of Great Kills, a lifelong
Staten Islander and mechanic, died yesterday
in Staten Island University Hospital, Ocean
Breeze, of a sudden illness.
Born in New Dorp, he settled in Great Kills
15 years ago.
D'Aquila worked for nearly 30 years as a mechanic
for the Port Authority, based at the Goethals
Bridge. A graduate of New Dorp High School, he
attended Lincoln Technical Institute, Union, N.J.
D'Aquila was an avid fisherman, and member of the
Staten Island Tuna Club. He loved taking his boat
out on fishing trips with friends and family, and
especially enjoyed boating with his sister-in-law,
Debra. "He was a brother, a friend, and a
lifetime fishing buddy," said his brother, John Jr.
D'Aquila also had a passion for working on cars.
He was a parishioner of St. Clare's R.C. Church,
Great Kills. Mr. D'Aquila's wife, the former
Vivian Trotta, died in 1998.
addition to his brother, John Jr., surviving are his
companion, Robin Savin; his son, John, and his
parents, Mary and John D'Aquila.
funeral will be Friday from the Hanley Funeral Home,
with a mass at 9:30 a.m. in Our Lady Queen of Peace
R.C. Church. Burial will follow in Moravian
Cemetery, all New Dorp.