November 18, 1924 – May 20, 2018
Albert Victor Fragione was born to Carmello and Rosa Fragione in Hartford, Connecticut on November 18, 1924. Known to his friends as “Al” and family as “Butch” Albert passed away suddenly on Sunday, May 20, 2018 at the age of 93 in Old Lyme, Connecticut.
Al grew up surrounded by his four brothers and two sisters in their Italian home in Bloomfield. In his teenage days, Al had a love for fitness and sports. He excelled in soccer, baseball and football. He was named the John Atlas of the Class of 1942.
Al's true love was the Marine Corps and the service he gave to his country. In 1942, when he was seventeen, he enlisted for the Second World War. He wanted to become a pilot, but when there were no planes to fly, he decided the next best thing was jumping out of them. He served with the 11th Airborne in the Pacific until the end of the war. A few years after the war, he decided to head out west to Reno, Nevada. Here he reenlisted as a Marine and served for over thirty years as an instructor, recruiter, and officer. Al simultaneously spent thirty years with the Nevada Bell Telephone Company.
Al loved many things such as spending time outdoors, fishing, story-telling, going to church, and cooking, but nothing compared to the love he held for his family. His favorite days were spent with his children and many grandchildren. He took great pride in taking all his children and grandchildren out for their first fishing trip. Al also loved a good poker game. Nothing made him happier than dishing out a hard time to someone for losing their money to him. In his later years Al shared his days with his daughter Victoria, spending many of their evenings cheering on his favorite sports team, the San Francisco Giants, and enjoying a nice glass of wine.
He is preceded in death by his parents Carmello and Rosa Fragione. Brothers Joe, Paul, and Freddy, and Sister Caroline. Along with his longtime friend Ethel Hutchings.
Al is survived by his brother Iggy and Sister Angie, his children Carmen, Rosemary, Albert II, Ashley and Victoria, and his step children Jan and Laura. As well as his numerous grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
He was among the strongest of men, tough as nails with a heart of gold and a smile that brightened up the world. Our brother, father, grandpa, uncle, we hope the wine is dry and the pasta is perfect at your welcome home party. We will forever miss you.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 11:00 AM in Christ the King Church, Old Lyme, CT. Burial will follow in Duck River Cemetery, Old Lyme.
- Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, June 2, 2018
- Burial Saturday, June 2, 2018