Arthur Altman

May 2, 1920April 10, 2012

Arthur Y. Altman, 91, of Albany NY passed suddenly on April 10, 2012, just three weeks shy of his 92nd birthday. He is survived by his beloved wife of 70 years, Mildred (Shapiro) and by sons Frederick of Albany (Karen Mayer) and Richard of Swan Lake, NY. He is also survived by his older brother and life-long business partner Abe; four grandsons: Stephen, Eric, Gregory and David, and by many nieces and nephews. Two sisters, Clara Schwartz and Esther Sucher are pre-deceased. Born on May 2, 1920 in Saskatchewan, Canada to Joseph and Rachel Altman, Arthur spent most of his life in the Bronx and Queens, NY before moving to Swan Lake and then Albany. A retired carpenter-contractor, cabinet-maker and lumber yard proprietor, Arthur was also a proud veteran of World War II, serving in the in the Pacific theater. He retired from the US Army Reserve at the rank of Lt. Colonel. Arthur was devoted to his family, his country and his faith. An outdoorsman, he enjoyed fishing and was an active skier until age 75. He also enjoyed coin and stamp collecting and was an accomplished artist. His oil paintings have been exhibited in shows in Swan Lake, NY, Palm Beach, Florida, and most recently, at the Massry Residence in Albany. A quick wit with a great appreciation for same, Arthur was a compelling and entertaining story-teller/raconteur and his laughter enlivened any room. An avid reader of the news, Arthur also always enjoyed a spirited discussion of the events of the day. An inspirational man of quiet strength, great generosity and impeccable integrity Arthur is and will be dearly missed and lovingly remembered by his family and friends, to whom he was always seen as a super-man. A memorial service will be held on Long Island on Sunday, April 15th followed by interment in the family plot.


  • Funeral Service Sunday, April 15, 2012
  • Committal Service Sunday, April 15, 2012

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Mike Burick

April 18, 2012

Fred and family,
My condolences in the loss of your father.

Tom & Priscilla Nelson

April 14, 2012

We're so sorry to hear of Arthur's passing. We were neighbors at the Towers of Colonie while he and your Mom lived there. We enjoyed chats with them - amazing people! Our sympathies to the family - and especially Millie.

Sue Nolen

April 14, 2012

Dear Fred and Karen and family, I am so deeply sorry to hear of the death of your father. We had many good times through the years with him and your mother. I remember that he came to our 40th birthday party in Malta and danced the night away. I know that it will be very hard for you right now, but you do have wonderful memories of him, as do I. He will always be in your heart. Please convey my condolences to your mother.

Theresa Balfe

April 13, 2012

Fred and family: I am so sorry for the loss of your father. I know how close you and him were. I express condolences on behalf of ALDONYS, as well. Everyone is thinking of you at this time. If your father was anything like you, like it sounds, he must have been a wonderful man. May your father rest in peace. Theresa Balfe

John Casazza

April 13, 2012

Mildred, Fred, Rich & Family
Please accept my sincere condolence. We will miss his visits to the office. It just won't seem the same anymore.

Paula Gilbert

April 13, 2012

To Fred, Richie and the rest of the Altman Family: My deepest sympathies on the loss of your beloved super man. Your father will be greatly missed, forever cherished and always remembered. My thoughts are with you during this tough time.

Patricia Sears

April 13, 2012

To Fred and family: my deepest sympathy on the lose of your beloved father. May the many experiences and stories continue to remind you of the love he undoubted shared with his family.

Trudy Menard

April 13, 2012

To the Altman Family:
There could be no better patriarch to a family of such love and closeness. I have always said the Altman family is the family people wished they had. A wonderful man who will be deeply missed and my sincerest sympathy to the family during this difficult time. I am thinking of all of you and regret that I cannot be at the service to offer you all of my support in person. With Love,

Sheila and Tony Catalfamo

April 13, 2012

May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.

Linda Wagner

April 13, 2012

Condolences to your entire family. May fond memories bring you peace.