The Man Behind The Name
A. Alario, Sr., for whom the Alario Center
was named, was born in
Grand Isle, Louisiana on April 22, 1924, and moved to Westwego
with his family at the age of two. Following
in his fathers footsteps, John
began fishing when he was twelve and eventually also became a commercial
fisherman. He later obtained a
position with the Jefferson Parish School System as a maintenance engineer where
he eventually retired. Mr. Alario passed away June 27, 1985.
of his time on Bayou Segnette was spent on the Barnacle Bill working for
George Persohn as a deck hand. He also shared many great fishing experiences on the Alert
(pictured left), a 50 by 14 foot cypress diesel powered lugger owned by his
brother Antoine Alario of Westwego. After
serving in the U.S. Army in World War II, John returned home and later became
involved in many civic and veterans organizations.
Mr. Alario married Elsie Lombas and had two sons, John Jr. and Terry.
Representative John Alario, Jr. was instrumental in obtaining state funding,
allowing for the construction of the Westbanks first multi-use facility.
My father was always speaking of a need for a community center on the
Westbank," stated Representative Alario, He
couldnt understand why high school graduations had to take place
on the Eastbank. His constant
discussion of the need planted the seed for
the Center. When funds were located
to finance the project, it was a dream come true for all of us. It was only fitting that the man
who had the vision for the Center be honored by having it bear his
name. The Jefferson Parish Council
recommended the Center be named after Alario
and the Louisiana Stadium and Exposition
District (LSED) unanimously approved the name
of the multi-use facility, the John A. Alario, Sr. Event Center.
We appreciate the continued
support we receive from the entire Alario Family, with special thanks to Terry
Alario, Jr. and Daniel Alario for their contributions to this article.
memory of Elsie Lombas Alario who passed away April 12, 2003.
Editor's note: It
was pure coincidence that the electronic newsletter of the Alario Center ended
up bearing the same name as the Alario families commercial fishing boat.