John Robert Alba, 82, of Roanoke, died at home Friday, April 19, 2013. He was born the son of Robert Sande and Virginia Janutolo Alba in Bluefield, Va. He was preceded in death by his niece, Suzanne Cromer. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Helen J. Alba; three sons and daughters-in-law, Richie and Peggy Alba, of Salem, Daryl and Kitty Alba, of Salem, and Tim and Liz Alba, of Charlotte, N.C.; and two daughters and sons-in-law, Kerri and Wesley Parker, of Amherst, Mass., and Lisa and Gary Collin, of Roanoke. He is survived by 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, Erin DeMarco, Brian Alba, Sabrina Alba, Brittany Bonner, Taylor Parker, Derek Alba, Haley Parker, Rebecca Alba, Caroline Alba, Olivia Collin, Hunter Collin, Makayla DeMarco, Seth Alba, and Chase DeMarco. He is also survived by a sister and brother-in-law, Frances and Charles Cromer, of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; and a niece, Michelle Burgess. also of Myrtle Beach, S.C.
John was a graduate of McCallie Military Academy's Class of 1948 and a graduate of the University of Virginia, Class of 1952. He served as a 1st Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps
during the Korean War
. In his last year in the Corps, John coached the women's basketball team at Camp Lejeune.
After the Corps, John was employed by Pocahontas Fuel Company, Pocahontas, from 1956 to 1962, West Virginia Department of Welfare 1962 to 1965, Stuart McGuire Company 1965 to 1980 and Artistic Greetings 1988 to 1992. Upon his death, he was co-owner of Information Products Company, Salem
John was an avid sports fan and participant. He also loved the outdoors, especially hiking and canoeing. Yet his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren gave him his greatest joy.
The family wishes to thank Gentle Shepherd Hospice for their assistance.
The celebration of John's life will be held noon Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at Oakey's South Chapel, 4257 Brambleton Avenue, Roanoke, with Pastor Milton Marks of Raleigh Court United Methodist Church officiating. The family will receive friends at Oakey's South Chapel Monday, April 22, from 6 to 9 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Gentle Shepherd Hospice, 6045 Peters Creek Road, Roanoke, VA 24019.