What a wonderful Drama teacher Mr. A was. But above all that, he always made me feel loved and appreciated. He made High School fun. I see from all the messages here that I was not the only one whose life he touched. To have brought so much joy to so many people....what a wonderful legacy.
Mr. Alberico was my light and inspiration for 3 years at LB Jordan High School drama - from 1965 to 1968. He brought out the comedic actress in me, and gave me self confidence. I learned comedy timing and just plain fun from him. We all loved him dearly. Carol Beeson Dukes /68 Long Beach Jordan
Mr. Alberico was my Drama teacher at Long Beach Jordan High School in 1959 and 1960. He believed more in me than I did. I tried out for a small part in "Rebel Without A Cause" and Mr. Alberico let me have the leading role that James Dean played in the movie. Those were truly great days to be in high school, especially with Mr. Alberico's positive and infectious attitude and sense of humor. I will never forget him, nor will my classmates.
Dad, I think about you all of the time and I appreciate all of the sacrifices that you made to raise your children. Even though the miles separated us over the last 21 years or so and our paths seldom crossed, I always knew that your thoughts were with us. Ryan and Katie were priviledged to receive some brief but treasured moments with you as grandchildren. You always lit up a room with your charm and storytelling. You never forgot to give us special wishes during birthdays and holidays. You helped make me a true Mountaineer fan and I'll miss our conversations about Major Harris, Bobby Bowden, Rich Rodriguez, Bill Stewart, John Beilein, Bob Huggins, and all of the great Mountaineer players whose contributions to WVU sports hang on the walls of our souls. I'm glad that you're reunited with mom. There is no more suffering. May you rest in peace. Love Always, Christopher
I wonder if Mr. A knows now how many, many people he impacted as a teacher. I, for one, will never forget him. The sense of humor I learned to nurture and my ability to extemporise and teach came from you Mr. A. God rest your beautiful soul.
Joanne, You've been on my heart the past few months. I had no idea what you were dealing with, still don't. Sorry to hear of John's passing. I know he made such a big difference in your life. May God be near you in the days ahead! With love and prayers, Cheryl Weinmann
Mr. "A" had a warm, disarming smile and infectious laugh that I'll always remember! He was an excellent teacher who had a knack for capitivating the class when he would read excerpts from book and actually get into character from various novels. My deepest condolences to the Alberico family.
Your dad was the teacher that had the biggest impact on my high school learning. I don't remember much from that time, but what I do remember is assignments from his class and his knack for really "teaching". I recall his reenactment of the Scarlet Letter, hunching over and protraying the actual character just to paint a picture that made me want to know what the story was actually about. I was saddened to read of his passing but wanted to take the time to let his family know how he impacted my life and the wonderful lasting impression he left with me. "Class of 92" Carlsbad HIgh
It is amazing that this dear man worked THREE different jobs-newspaper route, selling insurance, and full-time teaching, to support his young family of six children and first wife. He used to get up a three a.m. to deliver newspapers. Then, for quite some time, he commuted from Long Beach to Carlsbad to teach full time. After returning home from his long day of teaching, he would grab dinner, then go out to sell insurance. Not only that, he managed to coach his children in their various activities as well as share his talent with the community theater. Back in 1973, one of my classmates told me I needed to meet this fantastic teacher that was offering a drama course in summer school. I wasn't able to take his course, but did meet Mr. "A" who later became my step-father.
You were a very wonderful dad who helped us in many ways. I can't tell you the number of people who have spoken so highly of you and your teaching skills. You really showed the kids in your class and all who knew you how to enjoy life. I will miss that twinkle in your eyes and your big bear hugs and kisses.
This wonderful man was my public speaking teacher at LBCC and inspired me to major in speech and led me to a 40 year teaching career at LBCC. I still remember him telling me that he knew I would be a star. Words like that stay with you. I will always remember him as a major influence in my life!
When I was in my late teens and early twenties I used to look after John and Joanne's cat when they would out of town and help them with odd jobs around their house in the summer back in the mid to late nineties when I was in college. I drove the Uhaul for them when they moved to Kernville. I really enjoyed talking with him and will miss him. Michael (email@example.com).
What a great pleasure meeting John & Joanne and their families. I always enjoyed stopping by the house to change his dressings and check on his progress. May God be with you and your families.
Willie Baker, RN
I love you Grandpa! You were always there for me growing up and I always enjoyed seeing you. You were the master chef/baker and enjoyed cooking for the ones you loved. You spent hours cooking to make sure everything was absolutely perfect. I enjoyed the many holidays we spent together and all the memories we shared. You are one of the few people that could tell me the same story many times and it would never get old. You were quite the character. You faced so many obstacles in the last year but you didn't let them get to you. You were told you wouldn't make it into this year and you made it half way through! You are a fighter and a good role model. I look forward to seeing you in Heaven Grandpa and don't worry, I will cheer for West Virginia in the mean time :) i love you.
I only met Mr. Alberico a few times when he was a substitute teacher at Foothill High School but I definitely remember him. He made class fun and he was always one of those substitutes we would hope for when we knew the teacher was going to be gone. We were very lucky to have him in our classrooms!
I miss you already Grandpa! You always had enough time to answer all of my 8 million questions I would have every time you came to visit and you were the best at sneaking me my favorite gummy bears so mom wouldn't find out! I still remember how proud you were when you told me that you finally had started wearing your seatbelt after all of my nagging. Every time I see those little toothpicks that look like carrots sticks I think of you too :) Love you Grandpa, nobody can ever replace you and I'm glad that I was blessed enough to have God put you in my life!
We will all miss him so much! He was a wonderful Dad to us all! He always greeted you with a smile, a twinkle in his eyes, and a kiss. He made you feel very loved. He had such an optimistic outlook throughout his life, which continued with him even when he was having such a hard time with his health these last couple of years. Even when he didn't feel well, he would smile and make you laugh. He used to say, "If I can make someone else's day by making them laugh, then I have made a difference in this world." Whenever I would pick him up from the hospital, the nurses would always tell him that they would miss him, because he was so cheerful and made them laugh. My friends in high school would always tell me how much they loved Mr. A. I was always jealous that the school wouldn't allow me to take my Dad as an English teacher. However, I was fortunate to have him as a teacher of life,and as my Dad. I will truly miss him, and look forward to the day that I can run up to him and give him a big kiss and hug in heaven. We miss you!
We will miss Grandpa Alberico's laughter and optimism. His spaghetti, chicken soup, and pizelles can never be duplicated. Many of his step-children are grateful to him for tutoring us in English grammar. Thank you, Becky and J'Neane, for escorting him to the angels for the rest of us. Love to Mom, Becky, J'Neane, and Ben in their time of sorrow.