Alfredo Ettore Cuomo with grandson Fred, summer 1943

Black and white photograph of Alfred Ettore Cuomo holding his grandson Fred Cuomo in his arms. The pair seem to be in the backyard during the summer.

Cuomo was born in Chieti, Italy in August 1890. He seems to have been a prominent member of the Italian community in Hamilton, Ontario, before the outbreak of World War II.  At the time of his internment, Cuomo was married to Annie (Antonietta). They had three daughters aged 28, 21 and 19 as well as two sons aged 26 and 23. The reasons for his arrest are not known. The family spent $2000, a large sum in those days, on the fees for the lawyer working on Cuomo’s objection to his internment and his release. During his internment, his two sons both enlisted and served in the Canadian military.On his return home, he did regain his position at the steel company as a machinist. Later, he opened a hardware store, which closed in the 1960s.