|Birth: ||Jun. 21, 1928|
|Death: ||Jan. 23, 2009|
John J. Albarano, 80, Williamsport, died Friday at the Williamsport Home.
He was born in Lilly, son of Joseph and Carmella Eny Albarano.
Surviving are his wife, the former Rita Drumheller; a daughter, Victoria Blucher and her husband, David, of Joppa, Md.; a son, John J. II and his wife, Jennifer, of Williamsport; three grandchildren: Ryan Harris and Margo and Lilianna Albarano; a sister, Patricia Felus of Lilly; and a brother, Francis of Lilly.
He was preceded in death by two sisters: Palma Saparo and Carolyn Biglin.
John was a graduate of Lilly High School. He earned his bachelor's degree in mining engineering in 1952 and his bachelor's degree in civil engineering in 1955, both from Penn State University.
John was an accomplished boxer with an outstanding amateur and collegiate career. He began his amateur boxing career in Johnstown. In 1946, he won the Johnstown Dapper Dan Championship and was honored as the outstanding fighter of that tournament. In 1947, he won the Pittsburgh Dapper Dan Championship. That same year, John also won the Pittsburgh Region AAU Gold Medal.
At Penn State, John was a three-time NCAA Eastern Boxing Champion, at that time an NCAA record. John was captain of Penn State's 1952 team and that same year was awarded the FJ Goodman Award as the NCAA's Eastern Region Most Outstanding Boxer.
John was selected as a finalist for the 1952 United States Olympic Boxing Team for the Helsinki Olympic Games. John's commitment to military service made him unable to accept this invitation.
John started his work history as a construction estimator for DuPont Corp. in Tennessee and then worked for Lundy Construction Co. in Williamsport before founding the Albarano Construction and Development Co. in 1962. John was an accomplished builder, engineer and real estate developer across Pennsylvania.
He excelled as a trumpet player and played in various dance bands, including a band formed by his family. John was active in senior and big league baseball and had served as president of the East End Baseball Association. He was a former member of the Williamsport Municipal Authority, former president of the West Branch Home Builders Association, a member of the United Mine Workers of America, a lifetime member of the Penn State Alumni Association, an honorary member of the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Alumni Association, the Nittany Lion Club, the Varsity S Club (an organization for varsity lettered athletes at Penn State University), the Skull and Bones, Theta Kappa Phi Fraternity, member of Sons of Italy Lodge 138, VFW Post 7863, South Williamsport, and American Legion Post 617 in South Williamsport. John also was a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers.
Friends and relatives will be received from noon to 3 p.m. Monday at Crouse Funeral Home, 133 E. Third St., Williamsport, with a prayer service at 2:45 p.m., and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Thomas F. Cloherty Funeral Home, 531 Main St., Lilly. A vigil service will be held Tuesday afternoon.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009, at Our Lady of the Alleghenies Catholic Church, Lilly, with Rev. Monsignor John R. Sasway, V.F., officiating.
Burial will be in St. Brigid's Cemetery, Lilly, with military honors provided by Lilly American Legion and Lilly VFW.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Penn State Boxers Endowment Fund, Ms. Janet Stafford/Penn State University Office of Planned Giving, 7 Old Main, University Park, PA 16102-1502.
Saint Brigid Cemetery
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Veteran of the Korean War, serving with the Army Corps of Engineers.|
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