Albert B Lorenzoni

September 9, 1928January 6, 2018

Albert "Al" Lorenzoni Albert "Al" Lorenzoni peacefully departed this world on January 6, 2018 after having experienced a long and full life of exciting world travels and wonderful family memories, enriching the lives of countless people along the way. Born in 1928, into a hardworking first generation Italian family, Al grew up in a humble environment as the son of a coal miner in Freeland, Pennsylvania. After serving in the U.S. Army in Japan he then worked his way through college and graduated at the top of his class in Civil Engineering at Lehigh. In 1952, he began his thirty-five year career as a cost engineer with Esso, starting in New Jersey, where he met, fell in love with and married Elaine Caradonna. He spent most of his career as the project manager at a variety of Esso refineries, living with Elaine and their family in wonderful places from Kobe to Edmonton. Wherever Al lived, he made countless new friends and, in doing so, created and nurtured strong community bonds. During his world journey, Al served his community and neighbors in a variety of selfless ways, from school board chair to church council. But his biggest neighborly passion was giving to those in need, from low income children within the community, to fresh air kids from New York City and Newark, to children and families all over the world. It wasn’t unusual for him to befriend a homeless young kid, living on the streets of a city halfway across the world, and ultimately end up supporting their long-term education costs. His tireless, selfless and quiet acts of charitable kindness served as an inspiration to all around him. Despite working hard professionally, which led to many career successes, and his unending stewardship to those in need, he always kept his beloved wife and children at the very top of his priority list. His family was his life’s biggest passion, from annual summer camping trips, to weekend family hikes. He did his very best to relate to every single passion in his children’s life. This passion actually intensified with his grandchildren. For the past thirty-six years, "Pop-Pop" never missed being at the hospital after the birth of a grandchild, at their baptisms, at their school plays, trick or treating, at piano recitals, track meets and graduations. He loved being a witness to their joys and successes. In 1985, after having lived in places like England, Japan, Alberta, the Netherlands and Houston, he "retired" to Charlottesville, where he and his wife had bought a worn out old turn-of-the-century home. They then spent the next decade, with the guidance of Peter, their architect son, and the nail hammering talents of Henry Shifflett, lovingly transferring it into an authentic Elizabethan Tudor masterpiece, modeled after homes they had admired in England. This beautiful home would then be the sight of countless family dinner and birthday celebrations throughout the years. When he was sixty-two years old, Al purchased, with Elaine, another "project", this time a run down three-hundred year old French farm house in a small village in the Normandy countryside. They spent the next twenty three years beautifully and meticulously bringing it back to life, as they worked each summer renovating it with their bare hands. Throughout the years they hosted countless dinners and overnights for their French neighbors, family and visiting friends from all over the world. He is survived by his wife, Elaine; and their five adult children, Mark, Lisa, Donna, Kim, and Peter and their spouses. He also leaves a wonderful legacy of seventeen grandchildren, who range in age from four to thirty-six, and seven great grandchildren. He dearly loved each and every one of them. Al is also survived by his brother Sonny and dozens of cousins in Italy and Belgium. In addition to Al’s daily walks in the woods with his beloved dogs, two of his greatest indulgences in life were travel and food. He took great joy in sharing those passions by hosting, along with his wife, many of their grandkids at their homes in Charlottesville and France. He also loved treating them to summer trips to the Grand Canyon, Mexico, Italy and other special places around the world. Always the organized engineer, he was the ultimate cruise director. All who knew him would agree that the world is a better place thanks to Al Lorenzoni. The Lorenzoni family will forever be grateful to the kind and caring staff at Heritage Inn, who nurtured Al as if he was their own father, to his insightful physician, Dr. Kiyoko Asao-Ragosta and to the Reverend Albert Connette and the wonderful congregational family at Olivet Presbyterian, who visited him on a regular basis and warmly welcomed him with open hearts and arms each and every Sunday. A memorial service will be held at Olivet Presbyterian Church on Garth Road Saturday, January 13, 2018, at 4:30 p.m. A reception will immediately follow in the Fellowship Hall. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Al’s name to Olivet Presbyterian Church, 2575 Garth Road, Charlottesville, VA 22901. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at


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Patsy Stegall

January 23, 2018

Elaine, you have my sympathy. It is hard to lose your spouse. You may remember me from Welcome Wagon many years ago.

Gary Jonardi

January 11, 2018

Mark and Donna,
My condolences on your father's passing. I'm sure one of his proudest legacies will be his children. Thoughts and prayers from all the Cabana nation.

Brian Fishman

January 11, 2018

Mark and Cynthia, Donna, and extended Lorezoni family, I was saddened to hear of the passing of your father Albert. My condolences to you all. May your fond memories of him comfort you during this time of sorrow and grief. I am sure that he is as proud of you and all your accomplishments as they are reflective of his accomplished life. My thought and prayers are with you and your family.

Robin and Paul Geise

January 10, 2018

Dearest Mark and Cynthia,

We just learned that Al passed away ... please know we are holding you close to our hearts and sending you and all your family our love. What a long and courageous battle your dear dad fought and what a truly remarkable life and legacy he offered the world. We are reflecting upon the many treasured memories we have of times spent with your dad and Elaine at Creoch and Soize.
Sadly, we will be unable to attend the Saturday service but will be there in spirit.

With love,

Robin and Paul

from Mathew 25:23 ...well, done, good and faithful servant...

Debbie Ross

January 10, 2018

Elaine, Mark, Peter and family, I want to express my heartfelt condolences for the loss of your wonderful father and husband. I will miss him very much and have grown very fond of him over the past year. It has truly been an honor to spend precious time with him. We spent mornings listening to classical music and afternoons speaking about our travels and families as well as our deep love for animals. Rennie, a beautiful white standard poodle who frequently visited with Mr. Lorenzoni will dearly miss him. Mr. Lorenzoni has been instrumental in helping Rennie, a Therapy Dog in Training become certified. You and your entire family are in my thoughts and prayers as you move through this most difficult time.


Debbie Ross
Montessori Activities Guide, The Heritage Inn

January 10, 2018

I just read your dad's obituary. I was so impressed. What a kind and inspirational person. I am sorry for your loss. I bet he will be sorely missed!!
Lindsay Eckford

Perrin Quarles

January 10, 2018

Mark, I was so very sorry to read this morning that your father died, but what an extraordinary man! The testimonial for him in the obituary is just wonderful. He will be sadly missed by all of his family and friends. Please know that I am sympathizing with you and hoping that you find comfort in happy memories of him at such a difficult time.

Ken Ackerman

January 10, 2018

Mark, Your dad was a special person! I was sorry to learn that he passed away and my thoughts are with you and your family.

Lori Madison

January 9, 2018

I am deeply saddened to hear of this huge loss for the much loved, Lorenzoni family. My deepest condolences to you all, as you go through this difficult time.

Beth Thacker Villwock

January 9, 2018

Mark and family,

I am so sorry for the loss of your father. I know how very much you will miss him. He was certainly a very special and loving person!

With heartfelt condolences and prayer,
Beth Thacker Villwock