New London - Albert Joseph Sitty, son of the late Dimitri and Victoria Sitty, born in Brooklyn, N.Y., passed away Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012, at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital.
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Albert married Kathleen Sugrue in St. Joseph Church, New London. Albert and Kathleen resided in Niantic until moving into the family home in New London.
Albert graduated from the former Bulkeley School and Mitchell College and attended the University of Connecticut and Colgate University. Albert then enlisted in the U.S. Army National Guard.
Albert was well known in the community for being an outstanding football player at the high school, college, and semi professional levels. He, along with his brother-in-law, the late Dan Sugrue, financed and organized a semi-professional football team called The Pequots in New London. They competed with other semi-pro teams from surrounding states.
He then was entrusted with the responsibility of managing The Victoria Shop on State Street in New London, the family business, with his parents, Dimitri and Victoria Sitty, until its closing. After the closing of the family business, Albert started a career in the computer field working at the Coast Guard Academy, and then later years at Cci Inc. of New London. Albert also held a position as an adjunct professor at Mitchell College in New London.
Albert was a CCD teacher for 25 years, as well as a lecturer at St. Agnes Church in Niantic. Albert was a lifelong member of the Knights of Columbus Seaside Council #17, New London, as well as a member of the New London Republican Town Committee. Albert enjoyed politics, sports, and opera and eagerly shared his talent of timing for humor with his friends. Albert and the late Babe Pier started a comedy boxing skit at the once known Hartford State Theatre and then carried their act to Las Vegas, providing much entertainment and laughter. As this act continued over years, Albert came to the reality that he could no longer afford to bulk up and gain the necessary 60 pounds to continue the event.
On another side, Albert took the depths of his faith to his final hours. His understanding of God and his Catholic faith was a daily devotion.
Besides his wife, Kathleen, Albert leaves his brothers, Victor and Penny of Mystic, Edmond and Marilyn of Waterford, and Dimitri of Niantic; sisters-in-law, Jean Sugrue of Waterford and Mary Gobeli of East Lyme; along with nieces and nephews of the Sitty, Sugrue, and Gobeli families.
The funeral will assemble at 10:15 a.m. on Thursday at the Thomas L. Neilan & Sons Funeral Home, 12 Ocean Ave., New London. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. in St. Joseph Church. Interment will follow in St. Mary Cemetery. Calling hours are from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers Albert's final wishes were to have Masses said for his soul.
Condolence messages may be left on Al's memorial page at www.neilanfuneralhome.com
Published in The Day on Sept. 11, 2012