John Albano

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John Albano passed Jan. 16, 2018, in Springfield.

Son of late Thomas and Philomena (Calabrese) Albano, born in Thompsonville. Daughter Lucy Albano and Luis, best friends, grandchildren, and relatives spent much time with John on his last full day.

John was a Catholic; he married Lucy in 1977 and moved to Springfield. An exceptional jack of all trades, he rehabbed a multifamily house and provided housing for all of the immediate family in coming years. He was employed by Enfield Road Construction, Peters Chevrolet, Enfield Street Arco, and retired from Peter Pan Bus Co., but never stopped working on his own. His time, talent, and expertise was cars, as well as being a mechanic. He was an expert welder fabrication and body man. He built and owned modified race cars in the '60s and '70s and raced at Riverside Park Speedway with the United Stock Car Racing Club. In the mid-'90s, he constructed a fabulous 1938 Red Pontiac Coupe Hot Rod. The car was built from the ground up.

John enjoyed doing many cruise nights with daughter Lucy and her dog, Dakota, and would sometime win a trophy. He liked rides with his wife and daughter in Vermont, scratch tickets, and enjoyed grandkids as they grew up; he was a soda bread, coffee, ice cream, Marlboro guy. John liked viewing old race stuff on phone and computer and had a passion for dogs. Torrey was his companion to end and beyond. Butch was best known to tell it like it is; he could make people laugh, so quick with a wisecrack, always helped others and was sensitive.

John was predeceased by his wife, Lucy, June 11, 2012; daughter, Rae Marie Linnell; brother, Joe; and sister, Marion Dubois.

John was a good father: he leaves beloved daughter, Lucy and Luis, grandchildren, and great-grandkids, nieces and nephews, their families and many cousins.

He made many friends over the years, and would talk to close friends every day on his cell phone at the Arco station, which he visited frequently. He was part of the establishment but had survived many of his old friends but was quick to make new friends. Will miss U.

Funeral for John will be held Tuesday, Jan. 23, 9 a.m. at Tazzini Funeral Home, 22 Locust St., Springfield, with a Mass at 10 a.m. Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Springfield.

Wake will be held TODAY, Monday, Jan. 22, 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Tazzini Funeral and Cremation Services
22 Locust St
Springfield, MA 01108
(413) 734-7926
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Published in Journal Inquirer from Jan. 22 to Jan. 26, 2018