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Albert Thomas Wells
24 décembre 1935 – 22 juillet 2021
Albert T. Wells, aka “Alley Cat”, 85, of East Hartford, beloved husband for 35 years of Norma Elizabeth (Breen) Mayo-Wells, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, July 22, 2021. Albert was born on December 24, 1935 in Providence, RI and was the son of the late Veronica C. Lewis. In 1952 as a 17 year old Albert had his older brother Lee forge his parent’s signature so he could join him in serving their country during the Korean War. As a youth Albert was an amateur boxer and while actively serving Albert was the lightweight US Armed Service Champion. Albert was honorably discharged from the Air Force in 1957 and a few years later in 1960 Albert became a very proud, vocal and long serving member of Iron Worker Union Local #15 in Hartford. Albert was a IW Local 15 member for 61 years where he served on the Executive Board, was a delegate to the IW International Convention, served on the Local 15 Benefit Committee and was a founding member of the IW Local 15 Retiree’s Club. Post retirement Albert loved tinkering and could often be found in his garage usually working on some type of lawn equipment. Albert was an avid boxing fan who also loved and followed professional baseball and football. Albert’s favorite teams were his beloved New York Yankees and New York Giants, he also was a huge UConn women’s basketball fan rarely missing a televised game. In addition to his loving wife Norma, Albert will be forever missed by his son, Dana Wells and wife Elvira of Simpsonville, SC; his daughter, Valorie Douglas of East Longmeadow, MA; brothers, Ron Scopel and Ken Fish his stepdaughter, Lori Mayo-Cabrera and her husband Tony of East Hartford, stepson William Mayo, wife Ellen and family of Waterford; five adored grandchildren, Bret T. Wells, his wife Erika and family, Joseph Cabrera, wife Christiana and family, Emily Riggio, husband Vincent and family, Michael Douglas, R. Thomas Mayo and eight cherished great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his brother, Lee Wells; three sisters, Dolly Brown, Corinne Augusta, Mary Ratcliffe and his son-in-law, Michael Douglas. Special heartfelt thanks are extended to Albert’s niece Alicia Smith and husband Bill, Darren McDonald and wife Lisa longtime friends and next-door neighbors who Al loved like family. Family and friends may call on Wednesday July 28th from 4-7 p.m. at the D’Esopo East Hartford Memorial Chapel, 30 Carter St., East Hartford. Burial with military honors will take place on Thursday 12 p.m. at Hillside Cemetery, East Hartford. In lieu of flowers donations in Albert’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society. Donations can be mailed in Albert’s honor to; PO Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123 or to the ACS website. To share a memory of Albert with his family, please visit www.desopoeh.com.
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Albert Thomas Wells
Dr Kenneth Fish
15 août , 2021
He will be remembered as a loving gentle soul We were raised by a foster family . Al and his brother Lee welcomed me as they did other members of my new family to include foster brother Ron and foster sisters Corrine and Al sister Peggy .Our Foster mother and husband integrated us into their own family. Nothing but love for each other . At Christmas time our friends were bewildered as we introduced them to our brothers ,sisters and cousins. All of us had different names and looked different. That’s the way it was No hesitation He will be missed 🙏Ken Fish
9 août , 2021
It was a pleasure meeting Al. My condolences to Norma and his family.
27 juillet , 2021
My sincere condolences to all the Family of Al," Alley Cat". Having known Alley for 50+ years I have many great memories of working an playing with Al. Al was truly a Ironworker, in heart an soul, a man of " Ironworker Tradition" both on an off work. I am saddened by his passing, but knowing that he is joining the many legendary Ironworkers in a special place is comforting. May God Bless
27 juillet , 2021
I am so sorry to hear of Al’s passing My thoughts and prayers are with you and your Family
Sincerely, Maria Connors
26 juillet , 2021
Alley Cat left me with a lifetime of memories from the times we spent together when Dana and I lived in Hartford. Al would spend every weekend with us, before his beautiful wife Norma rescued him.
Al loved Local 15 with all his heart and soul. He was the perfect poster boy of what a great union member is. He always took time to explain the meaning of being a good union member, and would always help the local in any way he could.
He will be missed always.
My deepest condolences to Norma, Dana, Val and the entire family.
May he Rest In Peace!
E. Michael Blackburn
26 juillet , 2021
I met Al (alley cat) in 1964 as a young Ironworker and a member of Ironworkers Local 15 . We were both working for National Steel on the CANAL PROJECT in Middletown CT. That was the beginning of a friendship that lasted for the next 57 years. There were many facets to Al, he was a great Ironworker and he enjoyed the craft, especially when he was a young man and was working in the air as a connector. He was a true "union man" who wholeheartedly believed in the union movement and for his entire life participated in our local union. As we like to say, " he walked the walk". Al believed in the Brotherhood and passed this on to many young apprentices and in later years there were and still are many Brother Ironworkers who would say Al taught them much of what they knew about the Union and Ironwork. Al was a caring and generous man who was always there with a donation or a favor for one and all, especially for someone injured on the job. When Al retired he got the idea for a Retirees Club in Local 15 and he and other Brothers started one in the year 2000. He remained active in that until the day he died, participating in both regular and Retiree meetings. He has become a legend in Local 15, "ALLEY CAT is my name and Iron is my game"!
Rest In Peace Brother ✝️🙏 🇺🇸💚☘️