Al Colanero

April 15, 1946December 16, 2017

Al Colanero, 71, passed away Saturday, December 16, 2017, after a long courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, December 22, 2017, at Saint Pius the Tenth Catholic Church, 2210 North Elm Street.

Al was born April 15, 1946, in Flushing, New York, son of the late Alfred and Rena Colanero. He graduated from St. John’s University where he received his Bachelor’s Degree. He then received his law degree from Toro Law School in Long Island, New York. Al was extremely proud of being a police officer and detective. He was also a teacher, social worker, Boy Scout Leader, Captain of the Volunteer Fire Department and practiced general law in Greensboro. Most recently, Al was a farmer. He was a member of Saint Pius the Tenth Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus.

Mr. Colanero is survived by his wife, Mary M. Colanero; children, Alfred T. Colanero, Regina Colanero, Michael Colanero and wife Randi Love all of Long Island, Rachel Webster and husband, Cameron of Pittsburg; grandchildren, Theresa Colanero, Jacob Colanero, Julia Colanero, Annabelle Webster. Brother, Raymond Colanero and wife, Susan of New Jersey; one niece and nephew.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m., Thursday at Hanes Lineberry North Elm Chapel, 515 North Elm Street.

The family expresses their sincere gratitude to the members of Saint Pius the Tenth Catholic Church for the prayers and ongoing support and they are also grateful to the staff of John’s Hopkins Hospital and Wake Forest cancer centers for the care Al received.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Al’s memory may be made to Saint Pius the Tenth Catholic Church, Building Fund, 2210 North Elm Street, Greensboro, NC 27408.


  • Visitation Thursday, December 21, 2017
  • Mass of Christian Burial Friday, December 22, 2017

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Chris LaRose

December 25, 2017

Dear Mary, I am so sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you all.
Love Your Cousin, Chris

Ethan Schneider

December 22, 2017

Al was a great influence on my life more-so than he will ever know. I will for the rest of my life remember the day I got the calling to go knock on your door asking for any work that might be available. I had no idea he was battling cancer at this time and he got out of bed and came and talked to me in the kitchen and gave me the best place to work I could ever ask for. His kindness, patience, hospitality and courage is something that I am forever grateful for and will never forget as long as I live. I am so thankful for every moment I spent on the farm and I am going to miss his guidance and presence very much. He inspired me to always live life everyday to the fullest and I will forever look up to him as a role model. Thank you Al for everything. Rest In Peace. And also thank you Mary for everything. You are both amazing and kind people.

Robert Schultz

December 20, 2017

Al was a good cop. I am honored to have been his friend.

Mark Wood

December 19, 2017

So sorry to hear of Al's passing. Sorry that I will miss his services, because I will be in Alaska, spending the holidays with my daughter's family. Al fought a long & courageous battle with an evil disease, in good spirits until the very end! Not only was he a loyal customer, but we became great friends , talking about everything other than his love of being a " real" farmer. I found Al to always be sincere & honest in his business dealings with me . A trait hard to find in this world today . My prayers are for God to lay his loving & comforting hand on his family & friends for his suffering is over, and he is in a better place. He will be missed by all who knew him. RIP my friend!

Raymond Colanero

December 18, 2017

You were my brother. You have been with me as long as I have been alive, and there is now a hole in my heart. We may have battled as kids, but we were always there for each other. Say Hi to Mom and Dad, and watch out for me from above. Sorry you are gone but glad your suffering is over. You went through hell this past year, and now it is time to enjoy heaven, you earned it.