Richard “Rick” Frank Albani, 67, husband of Rose Kobylinski, of Fairfax, VA, passed away on Monday, Nov 19th, 2018 of pancreatic cancer. He was the son of Marie (Afflitto) Albani and the late John C. Albani of East Hartford, CT. Rick was born on Aug 3, 1951 in Hartford, CT and was raised in East Hartford, CT. He attended George J. Penney High School Class of ‘69, in East Hartford and made Eagle Scout with Troop 238 in 1968. He graduated from the University of Connecticut Class of ‘74 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering, and was a member of UCONN’s Kappa Kappa Psi Band Fraternity. He received his Master’s Degree in Business Management from the University of Hartford in 1988.
Most recently, Rick worked at Chemonics International in the fields of Water and Waste Water Management, where he shared his expertise in many parts of the world including: Egypt, Kosovo and Lebanon. In his spare time, Rick’s hobby and passion was the theater. He was very active in many theatre groups in the Washington Metropolitan area including: Hexagon, The Arlington Players, First Draft, The Rose Theatre Co. He was Assistant Technical Director at Bishop Ireton H.S. theatre program in Falls Church, VA.
Rick is preceded in death by his father, John C. Albani. He is survived by his wife, Rose M. Kobylinski from Fairfax, VA; his mother, Marie Albani from East Hartford, CT; his sister, Donna Albani Fazzino and her husband, Salvatore Fazzino from Middletown, CT and their children: Lisa and Claudio Emanuele from Cromwell, CT and Brian and Patricia Fazzino from Danbury, CT. He is also survived by three sisters-in-law: Marie Kobylinski from Port Jefferson, NY, Leslie Kobylinski (Jim Bachman) and their son Bart from Mclean, VA and Magda Mooers (Don) and their children: Stephen, Johnny, and Annie from Bethesda, MD. He is also survived by two aunts and many cousins, who all loved him dearly.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, January 5th, 2019 from 1pm to 5pm at Demaine Funeral Home, located at 10565 Main Street, Fairfax, VA. All are welcome.
On January 12th, 2019 at 11am, a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Our Lady of Peace Church, 370 May Road, in East Hartford, CT. All are welcome.
In lieu of flowers at either service, the family requests that donations be made to The Georgetown University Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, Dept 0734, 3970 Reservoir Rd., Washington DC 20073-0734 or to Maryland Proton Treatment Center, 850 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21201.
- Memorial Service Saturday, January 5, 2019
- Gathering and light reception Saturday, January 5, 2019
December 20, 2018
Rick Albani was known by several people who worked in The British School of Alexandria for his kindness and courtesy. He would, for example, often meet my colleagues returning on flights from Europe that arrived in Alexandria very late at night, and he would then make sure they were safely home. Towards Egyptians, too, he was exceptionally kind and on one occasion, when his barber accidentally cut him whilst shaving him, Rick asked him why. The barber very reluctantly confided that he had cataracts and could no longer see very well. Rick took him to the hospital in his jeep, gave the surgeon half his fee and said, ‘I will be back with the other half when I collect him and he can see.’ Rick was never charged for that barber’s services again and whenever he walked past his salon he would wave and beckon him in.
December 17, 2018
It has been really tough to find words to describe how much we were disheartened to learn about the loss of Rick.
We have had the privilege to meet and work with him for 3 years and immediately we became friends.
We admired his relentlessness, determination and strong will to meet the project objectives, despite all the challenges....
Accordingly, We were able to achieve an unprecedented success in our work under his guidance and support.
We can confidently say that he has left a good legacy in the water sector of Lebanon.
We will always remember the long work hours we used to spend discussing with Rick ways to overcome challenges and ways to instill the culture of change in our dear country.
He will always be remembered for all the good work and experience he has brought us…
WE are sure he has fought well and pray God to bless his soul.
on behalf of the WISE-Lebanon team (2012-2015)
Salah Saliba (WISE Technical Advisor)
December 13, 2018
Rick lived for several years in Egypt and my favourite memory of this kind and courteous man was when he and another friend invited me to the Red Sea to celebrate my 18th birthday. It was the first time I had been on a plane and the first time I had stayed in in an International Hotel. On the last evening we ate together at a Thai restaurant beside a swimming pool and he talked of how he enjoyed living in Egypt and how much more relaxed he was than in Washington DC where he had come from.
He often invited me to restaurants in Alexandria and always drove me home in his jeep. At this time time I was a very young man and he was a role model for me. I am very sad that his life ended far too soon and my memories of him will always be positive as he encouraged me to pursue my education. Later, I moved to work in Dubai and he invited me to visit him when he was working in Beirut. I hired a car and we travelled all over the country including a trip to Byblos. I felt he was really happy there. Later, I took his advice and went to London to study for a Masters Degree. I think he would have been happy to know that I completed it and can, like him, apply for jobs all over the world. Thank you Rick.