July 18, 1928May 16, 2010

John Carmen Alberico (1928 - 2010) | Visit Guest Book John Carmen Alberico July 18, 1928 - May 16, 2010 John was born in Fairmont, West Virginia on July 18, 1928 and went peacefully home to Heaven on angels' wings on May 16, 2010, surrounded by his family. The most important thing in his life was his beloved family. He was a great storyteller and lover of life. Cooking was one of his ways of showing love, and his children and grandchildren will always remember his spaghetti and meatballs and pizelles. John was also an inspiration to many young high school students and as a testament to the love his students had for him, they kept in touch with him many years after graduation. John was a dynamic Drama and English teacher in Long Beach, Carlsbad and Bakersfield, CA, and people came from all around to see his inspiring productions. His positive view of life uplifted everyone around him. He was the president of his class in school, and was successful in everything that he attempted. He is preceded in death by his wife, Eve and son, Randy; and survived by his wife, Joanne; his children, J'Neanne, John, Nancy, Jill, Chris, Mike, Dan, Ben, Tim, David, Brian and Becky; 25 grandchildren and 5 great- grandchildren. Visitation will be Friday, May 21, from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., followed by a Memorial Service at 2:00 p.m., at Hillcrest Mortuary, 9101 Kern Canyon Rd., Bakersfield, CA. Interment will be held on Monday, May 24, at 12:30 p.m. at Eternal Hills Cemetery (1999 El Camino Real, Oceanside, CA - "Isle of Memories"). Published in Bakersfield Californian on May 20, 2010 of Hillcrest Memorial Park and Mortuary, Bakersfield, CA.


  • Funeral Service Friday, May 21, 2010
  • Visitation Friday, May 21, 2010


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Pam Williams-Morgan

February 26, 2014

What a wonderful Drama teacher Mr. A was. But above all that, he always made me feel loved and appreciated. He made High School fun. I see from all the messages here that I was not the only one whose life he touched. To have brought so much joy to so many people....what a wonderful legacy.

Carol Dukes

July 7, 2013

Mr. Alberico was my light and inspiration for 3 years at LB Jordan High School drama - from 1965 to 1968. He brought out the comedic actress in me, and gave me self confidence. I learned comedy timing and just plain fun from him. We all loved him dearly. Carol Beeson Dukes /68 Long Beach Jordan

Jim Appleby

January 24, 2011

Mr. Alberico was my Drama teacher at Long Beach Jordan High School in 1959 and 1960. He believed more in me than I did. I tried out for a small part in "Rebel Without A Cause" and Mr. Alberico let me have the leading role that James Dean played in the movie. Those were truly great days to be in high school, especially with Mr. Alberico's positive and infectious attitude and sense of humor. I will never forget him, nor will my classmates.

Christopher Alberico

June 5, 2010

Dad, I think about you all of the time and I appreciate all of the sacrifices that you made to raise your children. Even though the miles separated us over the last 21 years or so and our paths seldom crossed, I always knew that your thoughts were with us. Ryan and Katie were priviledged to receive some brief but treasured moments with you as grandchildren. You always lit up a room with your charm and storytelling. You never forgot to give us special wishes during birthdays and holidays. You helped make me a true Mountaineer fan and I'll miss our conversations about Major Harris, Bobby Bowden, Rich Rodriguez, Bill Stewart, John Beilein, Bob Huggins, and all of the great Mountaineer players whose contributions to WVU sports hang on the walls of our souls. I'm glad that you're reunited with mom. There is no more suffering. May you rest in peace. Love Always, Christopher

Muriel Cain Petersen

May 30, 2010

I wonder if Mr. A knows now how many, many people he impacted as a teacher. I, for one, will never forget him. The sense of humor I learned to nurture and my ability to extemporise and teach came from you Mr. A. God rest your beautiful soul.

May 27, 2010

Joanne, You've been on my heart the past few months. I had no idea what you were dealing with, still don't. Sorry to hear of John's passing. I know he made such a big difference in your life. May God be near you in the days ahead! With love and prayers, Cheryl Weinmann

Vince Tirona

May 26, 2010

Mr. "A" had a warm, disarming smile and infectious laugh that I'll always remember! He was an excellent teacher who had a knack for capitivating the class when he would read excerpts from book and actually get into character from various novels. My deepest condolences to the Alberico family.

Gregg Wilson

May 24, 2010

Your dad was the teacher that had the biggest impact on my high school learning. I don't remember much from that time, but what I do remember is assignments from his class and his knack for really "teaching". I recall his reenactment of the Scarlet Letter, hunching over and protraying the actual character just to paint a picture that made me want to know what the story was actually about. I was saddened to read of his passing but wanted to take the time to let his family know how he impacted my life and the wonderful lasting impression he left with me. "Class of 92" Carlsbad HIgh

Nancy Grist

May 22, 2010

It is amazing that this dear man worked THREE different jobs-newspaper route, selling insurance, and full-time teaching, to support his young family of six children and first wife. He used to get up a three a.m. to deliver newspapers. Then, for quite some time, he commuted from Long Beach to Carlsbad to teach full time. After returning home from his long day of teaching, he would grab dinner, then go out to sell insurance. Not only that, he managed to coach his children in their various activities as well as share his talent with the community theater. Back in 1973, one of my classmates told me I needed to meet this fantastic teacher that was offering a drama course in summer school. I wasn't able to take his course, but did meet Mr. "A" who later became my step-father.

Tim Rutherford

May 22, 2010

You were a very wonderful dad who helped us in many ways. I can't tell you the number of people who have spoken so highly of you and your teaching skills. You really showed the kids in your class and all who knew you how to enjoy life. I will miss that twinkle in your eyes and your big bear hugs and kisses.