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.