Albert Rizzo

27 mai 19343 mai 2021

Albert “Al” Rizzo, 86, of South Glastonbury, peacefully entered into eternal rest on Monday, May 3, 2021 at his home. Born in East Hartford on May 27, 1934, a son of the late Albert J. and Jenny (DeLissio) Rizzo, he had been a life-long resident of the Greater Hartford area. Throughout his childhood, Al was active in St. Augustine Parish in Hartford, where he attended school, was involved with the St. Augustine Boys Brigade, and was a communicant of the church. Al left Hartford when he purchased 60 acres of land in South Glastonbury where he resided for the past 50 years. Al built his first swimming pool in 1955 and was the successful Owner and Operator of Rizzo Pools for 62 years. Al pursued a long and distinguished career in his many volunteer activities both inside and outside the swimming pool industry. In 1958 he joined the National Swimming Pool Institute (NSPI), now known as the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA). Al served in many positions with NSPI, including National Director of Region 1 from 1986 to 1990 and his long tenure on the Builders Council where he served as Chair and was instrumental in its many educational endeavors. He also joined the Northeast Swimming Pool Association (NESPA), now known as the Northeast Spa and Pool Association, and became a Connecticut Representative in 1962. Through his nearly five decades with the association, Al served in every elected and appointed position at NESPA, including President in 1984-1985. Seeing the need for a more local state-based trade association for his home state, Al started the Connecticut Swimming Pool Association (CONSPA) in 1967 and became its first president. Al continued for many years to hold the role of Chair of the Government Relations Committee, and he played a crucial role in the passage of the first-ever pool service and pool builders’ license requirements by the Connecticut legislature and Department of Consumer Protection. During his many years serving his industry and his association, Al was responsible for many “firsts.” At the national level during Al’s nearly 15-year tenure (1994-2008) as the Education Chair of the Builders Council, he spearheaded and was the lead author of the “First Edition of the Builders Reference Manual”. Published in 1998, the manual was 500 pages and was commonly called “The Bible” for the pool industry. In addition to authoring and editing the Builders Manual, Al was called upon many occasions to assist PHTA in the development of industry standards. These would become the backbone of all building code regulations for the recreational water environment industry. Al was a tireless proponent for licensing all pool and spa professionals, spearheading the legislative battle and later victory of enacting the first-ever service contractors’ license in Connecticut in 1999. Finally, his crowning accomplishment was directing the industry and chapter effort to pass the first-ever pool builders license in June 2011. Rizzo Pool Company had been the recipient of many, many accolades and awards in the service and building segments of the industry. They have received many gold, silver, and bronze Design Awards throughout the years, including “Best of Show” several times and the NESPA 2010 & 2011 Service of Excellence Award, along with the entry into the Registry of Americas Great Pool Builder, Luxury Pool 2003. In 2012, Al received the first time ever “Lifetime Achievement Award” from Master Pool. Al also devoted numerous hours of his volunteer time to area organizations outside of the recreational water environment, as a member of UNICO-Hartford Chapter for over 55 years and served on the Board of Directors of the Better Business Bureau as well as the Franklin Avenue Merchants Association in Hartford. In 2007, Al was awarded “Businessman of the Year” and received four citations. He was also a Consultant for the State Consumer Protection Agency. Despite Al’s impressive list of professional achievements, his greatest love was his family and extended family and friends. The heart of his legacy beats most strongly within his relationships. He was the person you could count on showing up, no matter the circumstances. Al went out of his way for others routinely, but it is safe to say that thought never crossed his mind. For him it was the norm, not the exception. Al was active and loved to create and share experiences with others. He hosted dinners and parties that were epic, traveled and visited friends and family across the country, was deeply engaged in the lives of his children, and reveled in the growth and activities of his grandchildren. Al’s home was always open and prepared for visitors. As recently as last week, he cooked up a big dinner for visiting family. He relished engaging with all around him. He will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him. Al is survived by his three children: daughter, Lisa Gagnon and her husband Cary of South Glastonbury; daughter, Gina Galvin and her husband Jim of South Windsor; son, Dr. Albert “Skip” Rizzo, III and his wife Dr. Janiece Turnbull of Los Angeles, CA. Al was predeceased by a son, Anthony J. Rizzo of South Glastonbury. He also leaves his seven cherished grandchildren, James Galvin, III, Jordan Galvin, Julia Galvin, Jillian Galvin, Cameron Gagnon, Aidan Gagnon, and Isabella Gagnon; a brother, Richard C. Rizzo of Wethersfield; a sister, Evelyn Slabinski of Venice, FL; many nieces, nephews, cousins, former customers, and dear friends. Funeral service will be Tuesday (May 11) with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 10 a.m. at the Church of the Holy Spirit of Annunciation Parish, 183 Church Street, Newington. Everyone is asked to please go directly to the church on Tuesday morning. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Memorial Park, (Section 25), Elm Street, Rocky Hill. Al’s family will receive relatives and friends at “walk-through” calling hours on Monday (May 10) from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the D’Esopo Funeral Chapel, 277 Folly Brook Blvd., Wethersfield. Due to the current health pandemic, everyone is asked to please wear a face covering and adhere to all state, church, and funeral home regulations. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Al’s name may be made to the Anthony J. Rizzo Scholarship Fund, c/o NESPA, 6B South Gold Drive, Hamilton Township, NJ 08691. For on-line expressions of sympathy to the family please visit www.desopofuneralchapel.com.

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  • Public Walk-Through Visitation

    lundi, 10 mai , 2021

  • Public Walk-Through Visitation

    lundi, 10 mai , 2021

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    mardi, 11 mai , 2021

  • Burial

    mardi, 11 mai , 2021


Albert Rizzo


MaryJoan Picone

17 mai , 2021

Dear Rizzo family, We at Greater Hartford UNICO send our sincerest thoughts and prayers for all of you. We ahve great memories of all of you being at our annual Cultural Dinner Dance...an event Al loved and generously supported. He was a good friend to UNICO and he will be greatly missed. Remember you are always in our UNICO family. God bless, MaryJoan Picone, President of Greater Hartford UNICO

Tom Lachocki

12 mai , 2021

I am so sorry to learn of Al's passing. He has had such a lasting and positive impact on so many throughout his life. My connection with him related to his leadership in our industry. Al always showed such high standards; he was a great role model. I am so honored to have known him and for having been treated with such respect.

May he rest in peace and we take the torch to proceed toward excellence. He and his personal and professional family will be in my prayers,

Tom Lachocki

Debra Lepore

12 mai , 2021

Rest in Peace Al, I will always remember you with love and respect. You were larger than life, with a heart to match. I find comfort in knowing you are reunited with Anthony, God Bless you both, with love, Debbie

Reina Honts

11 mai , 2021

Al will always hold a place in my heart. I remember learning to swim in his pool with my little brother at the store in Vernon. I think those were the days before heated pools or they wanted to toughen us up! But I did love spending time in that store even as a child.

Al has been such a wonderful friend to my father over the years and I loved that connection we all had with him. He was always there to help , give advice and lend a hand.

I loved to hear that deep voice of his and his booming laugh. It came from deep inside his heart. I know my father will miss him deeply and I want to send our deepest condolences to your family.

Warmest regards,
Reina Meucci Honts

Russell Harvey

10 mai , 2021

Skip sorry to hear of your loss my thoughts are of you and your family.

Carla Sovernigo

10 mai , 2021

Lisa, Gina, Skip and Rizzo Family:

My heart breaks for your loss. Al was a wonderful person, so giving to the pool industry and always ready with a great story to entertain. He was a true ICON of the Pool Industry but also a friend I will miss.
May your memories of him bring a smile to your face in this most difficult time. Know that each time you hug your sibling you are hugging him.
God Bless you and carry you in you grief.
Carla Sovernigo and the Entire ALKA POOL Family.

Stan/Monique Church

10 mai , 2021

There are not enough words to complement our friend, Al Rizzo. I respected him as a man, a trusted friend, admired him for his love of family. We are so sad we can’t attend his service, as Covid conditions in Canada are more severe. You will be missed Al, but in our hearts and memories forever. God bless.


10 mai , 2021

Sincere condolences on Al's passing. I've got some great memories of Al and the Rizzo family which will always be cherished!

Meg Peterson

9 mai , 2021

Skipper, Lisa, Gina and family,

Sending you Love and strength at this very difficult time.

Cherish those amazing memories that uncle Al always taught us.

Uncle Al was a Strong, Smart, Self made man.

When he showed up he lite up the room with his loving ways. He always showed for everyone. Even if he just got out of the hospital.

Growing up with your family it was such a gift to me, and I am so grateful.

All of those great ski vacations teaching us, family comes first, next food and so much fun we had.

Every weekend at the Rizzo compound, it was always a pool party with so many people , and yes lots of great food that uncle Al would prepare.

He shared his Love for life in so many ways.
Uncle Al will live in my heart forever.

All of those long conversations that we would have.
Uncle Al touched shared his generosity with so many.

A legend we all will miss, but cherish all of the love that he shared.

Love is the Strongest Force in the Universe!

Love you,

Meg and Ed

Renae St. Cyr

8 mai , 2021

I worked with/for Al from about 1976 to sometime in the 1980's. He was an exceptional individual! His dedication to his children was "over the top." God Bless,