|Birth: ||Aug. 17, 1935|
|Death: ||May 20, 2007|
Edward J. "Eddie" Albert, 71, of Evansville, died Sunday, May 20, 2007, at the Pine Haven Health and Rehabilitation Center.
He was born to Frank and Catherine (Reneghan) Albert on August 17, 1935, in Boston, Mass., and grew up in Dorchester, in South Boston. In 1961, he married the former Mary Reagan, the love of his life. In 1963, he began working for Zayre Co. in Boston. Later, it would become TJMAXX, and in 1986, Eddie and Mary moved to Evansville where he began his work as Associate Relations Manager for the newly constructed TJMAXX building off Lynch Rd. In 1998, he was named Special Projects Manager, a position he held until his retirement in 2006. In his youth, Eddie earned extra spending money as a professional boxer, although he acknowledged that he served more in the role as a "punching bag" for the really good boxers who were ascending to the top in their classes. Once, he recalled, when he was at the gym, Paddy DeMarco, a lightweight boxer whose next bout was to be for the world championship in that division, came by looking to spar three rounds. He offered those present five dollars a round. When there were no takers, the offer went to fifteen dollars, and Eddie took the "bait," opining that forty-five dollars was more than he made in a week in his regular job. He related his trainer told him not to get "cute with this guy," but he ignored the advice, and when DeMarco dropped his left, Eddie hit him with a right jab that staggered him. They rang the bell immediately. While he was sitting on his stool awaiting the second round, his trainer told him, "You dumb (expletives deleted). I told you not to do that. This guy will kill ya." Eddie said when the bell rang for the second round, it was the last thing he remembered until he woke up in the dressing room. Later, he was told that they stopped the first round early because DeMarco's trainers couldn't let it become public that an unknown sparring mate almost knocked out the guy who was about to fight for the world championship in the lightweight division. They did, however, pay him for the full three rounds.
This tale has become a metaphor defining Eddie's life: daring, brave, tenacious, and humorous. However, he always used these qualities for the good of helping his fellow employees and friends. Eddie loved people and wanted to always make them happy. His sense of humor accomplished that end – even to his end. When he knew his time was nearly up, a friend asked him how he planned to get by St. Peter at the "pearly gates." Eddie quickly replied, "If he drops his left, I'm in!" Vintage Eddie Albert. Eddie had many such stories to enlighten his listeners, and none enjoyed them more than the staff at Pine Haven where he made many new friendships. However, it was always the personnel at TJMAXX that he considered his "family," and his family wishes to thank the staff at Pine Haven, and especially Julie Brugh and Heather Madriaga for all the kindness and care they bestowed upon him. Ms. Madriaga will sing three of Eddie's favorite Irish songs at his funeral Mass.
Eddie's beloved wife, Mary, died in 1998. He was also preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Francis Albert, and sisters, Virginia Chebator, Katherine Shymkevich, and Eleanor (Parmenter) Foley.
He is survived by his sister, Delores Morse of Boston, and nieces and nephews also in the Boston area.
Visitation at Alexander East Chapel will be Thursday, May 24, from 1 to 7 p.m. and also prior to prayer services at 8:30 a.m. at the funeral home followed by a Mass at 9 a.m. at St. Benedict Catholic Church, with burial thereafter at the Alexander Memorial Park Cemetery on Friday, May 25.
Condolences may be made online at www.mem.com. Arangements by Alexander East Chapel, 2115 Lincoln Avenue.
Published in the Courier Press on 5/23/2007.
Mary Reagan Albert (1925 - 1998)*
Alexander Memorial Park Cemetery
Created by: Roger Gleitz
Record added: May 23, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 19493263
In his youth, Eddie earned extra spending money as a professional boxer.|
Added: May. 23, 2007