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Alfred M. CASCINO Obituary
CASCINO, Alfred Alfred M Cascino December 19, 1924 It's a Wonderful Life - Twice Occasionally in life you meet people who are just 'comfortable' in their own skin. Al Cascino was just such a man. He was always happy, funny and very smart. We all thought he was a bit of a Renaissance man. He loved history, art, cooking, classical music, and most of all, his family. Al's life story is very interesting. His family made their way to the US through Ellis Island. In 1906, his Dad, Joseph Cascino, 13 years old at the time, left his family and crossed with a number of his family members. Joseph never returned to Sicily. Joseph eventually moved to Baltimore and married Gina Perticone and they had three boys, one of whom was Alfred M Cascino. They had a classic Italian upbringing, which included a lot of food, family and friends. When Al was 17, he struck out on his own. He graduated from Baltimore City College and then went on to Johns Hopkin University and The Maryland Institute of Art on a scholarship from the Andrew Carnegie Foundation. His aim was to become an art-school teacher, but became and illustrator instead. Along the way he met Walt Morrison, a friend from their church, who also read palms. He told Al that he saw that he was a very creative person and should get into another line of work, which he did. He started his career in advertising at the Lichman Advertising Agency. From there, he went to Cargill Acre & Wilson, where he became a revered art director, winning many awards, among which was him being recognized as one of the 100 most creative people in the US. With these accolades, Al was offered a job as creative director at the top advertising agency in Atlanta, Tucker Wayne, now known as 22 Squared. In 1981, he and his partner, Andy Purcell, opened what became known as Cascino & Purcell, which they later sold to John Freebairn. On a personal note, Al was blessed with getting to go around twice in life. Once with Mona Cascino, his first wife with whom he had two children, Gina and Jim. And then a second time with Margaret Cascino with whom he had a daughter, Alessandra. On Al and Margaret's honeymoon in Peru, Margaret became enchanted with world travel and when Ali turned 8, the three of them started traveling the globe. No question, Al lived an enchanted life as did his family. So many laughs. So many great friends. So many memories. Al and his inner sparkle will be missed. No doubt, everyone was just a bit better for having known him. The Celebration of Al's life will be held at The Hallmark on Saturday, June 7 at 3 pm. There are many funny stories to be told and we encourage you to tell yours.

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Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on June 5, 2014
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