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Obituary for Joseph Albano

Joseph  Albano
WILBRAHAM- Joseph P. Albano, 84, of Wilbraham passed away on May 7 surrounded by his loving family. Joseph, son of the late Louis and Kathryn (Flanagan) Albano, was born and raised in Springfield. He graduated from Cathedral High School and attained his Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from American International College. Joe spent many happy days in his youth caddying and playing golf at Springfield’s Franconia Golf Course. He started and captained Cathedral High’s golf team and lettered at AIC. After graduation, he worked for MassMutual and the Micah Corporation, and for many years was a broker and partner at Sears Real Estate. He thoroughly enjoyed his real estate work, helping hundreds of families find their new homes and working alongside colleagues who were esteemed, lifelong friends. Joe believed in social justice, supporting the work of the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Hampden County Chapter of the Massachusetts Citizens Against the Death Penalty, the Wilbraham Diversity Committee, and the missions of St. Cecilia’s Church where he served as an usher. In retirement, he worked for HAP (now Way Finders) in their neighborhood revitalization efforts. He was proud of his Irish and Italian heritage. He and his wife Carol joined the Italian Cultural Center in Springfield, where they took Italian language classes and made a memorable trip to southern Italy. As a young man, he played guitar with friends and for his family. He had a lifelong love of musical theater, attending many live performances with his wife, family members, and friends. He loved languages, words, crossword puzzles, puns, and wordplay. Joe loved people and had a fantastic memory for their names and their stories. He thrilled in the victories scored by his teams, the Bruins, the Red Sox, the Patriots, and the Celtics. In addition to his parents, Joe was predeceased by his dear sister, Elisabeth Albano. Joe will be greatly missed by all who knew him, including his beloved wife of 58 years, Carol (McDonald) Albano; his sons, Joseph M. Albano and his wife Brenda (O’Donnell) of Woburn, MA, and Christopher L. Albano and his partner Juliana Foscaldi of Orleans, MA; his daughters, Jean Canosa Albano and her husband Santiago Canosa Oliver of Springfield, and Julie Albano and her husband Patrick Glennon of South Dennis, MA; his cherished sister, Lois Savage of New Jersey and his nieces and nephew Kathleen, Patricia, and James; his treasured grandchildren, Jacob, Lydia, Nicholas, Emily, Benjamin, and Kathryn; and many extended family members and friends. Joe’s children and especially their enduring friendship were an immense source of joy and pride for him. Visiting Hours for Joe will be held Thursday, May 17, 2018 from 4PM to 7PM at Sampson’s Chapel of the Acres, 21 Tinkham Road, Springfield. Friends and family are invited to meet at St. Cecilia’s Church, 42 Main Street, Wilbraham, at 11AM on Friday, May 18, 2018 for Joe’s Liturgy of Christian Burial. Rites of Committal and Entombment will follow in Most Holy Redeemer Mausoleum in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 421 Tinkham Road, Springfield. Memorial donations in Joe’s memory may be made to the Springfield City Library, 220 State St., Springfield, MA 01103 Attn: Library Director’s office, or St. Cecilia’s Church, 42 Main St., Wilbraham, MA 01095
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