Alfred L. Nardini
October 24, 1932 – January 25, 2019
Alfred Lionel Nardini Jr. passed away on Friday, January 25, 2019, at age 86. A longtime Scituate resident, Alfred was born at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston on October 24, 1932, to Alfred Sr. and Bernice (MacKillop) Nardini. His childhood was spent in Newton and, later, Boston. He was a proud graduate of St. John’s Prep in Danvers in 1951, and later attended Tufts University, where he majored in economics and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1955. At Tufts, Alfred was actively involved in athletics, playing four years of varsity football and baseball and excelling at both. After graduation, he became a dedicated member of the Tufts Jumbo Club, which helped support the school sports he loved.Alfred served in the United States Army, where he earned the rank of First Lieutenant before being discharged honorably in 1959. In 1968, he married the love of his life, Jean Marie Aquino, and together they had two sons, Trevor MacKillop Nardini and Brett Aquino Nardini. The family moved to Scituate in 1973, where Alfred and Jean built a strong network of lifelong friends.
Alfred’s professional career in Boston's finance community spanned over 30 years, during which he was a widely respected Institutional Equity Sales Trader at firms including: Smith Barney, Drexel Burnham Lambert, The Chicago Corporation, and ABN AMRO. He was a managing director and considered part of the “old network” that helped establish the Boston institutional community in the 1980s, and an active member of the Boston Securities Traders Association (BSTA) community until his retirement in 2000.
Alfred’s life was distinguished by an outsized commitment to family, friends, and youth sports. Above all else was his marriage to Jean, to whom he was deeply devoted. Next were ‘my boys,’ to whom he granted equal generosity and support throughout their many endeavors, particularly their education. Alfred was committed to his lifelong friendships with his classmates from St. John’s and Tufts, the Boston financial community, and his neighbors and friends in Scituate. Perhaps his biggest personal passion was coaching youth sports, especially football and baseball. He and Jean were actively involved in the Scituate Pop Warner and Little League programs for many years. In addition, Alfred was an ardent supporter of the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston and served as its President from 1997 to 1998.
Alfred is survived by his sons Trevor and Brett, his daughter-in-law Erika, his grandchildren Cannon Gleason Nardini and Turin Jean Nardini, his sister Assunta (Sue) Dunn, her family, and the many members of his extended family.
Alfred will be remembered for his passion, his commitment, his generosity, his friendships, and, of course, his booming voice. Calling hours will be held from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. on Friday, February 1, 2019, at the Richardson-Gaffney Funeral Home, 382 First Parish Rd., Scituate. A funeral mass and burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, February 2, at St. Mary’s of the Nativity at 1 Kent St., Scituate.
As education was always a priority for Alfred, the family has requested that instead of flowers, donations be made in his memory to the following institutions that were pivotal in his development:
St John’s Preparatory School Development Office 72 Spring St Danvers, MA 01923
Tufts University Jumbo Athletics Enhancement Fund PO Box 3306 Boston, MA 02241-3306
- Visitation Friday, February 1, 2019
- Funeral Mass Saturday, February 2, 2019
Alfred L. Nardini
February 3, 2019
Dear Trevor and Brett,
I am so sorry to hear of your fathers death. What a great man and a great neighbor. Your parents were wonderful people and I am happy they are together again forever.
January 29, 2019
I knew Al via Pop Warner football. I officiated many of his games and assigned officials for the entire league. I was always impressed by Al's ability to deal with everyone on the same level and for his integrity. He treated his players as if they were his children - very loving & caring. They were always well trained & disciplined and respectful of the guys in stripes. I recall 2 instances where Al's integrity and fair play showed his character. The first was in a league championship game. Scituate had a great kicker. We played at a neutral field that had soccer goals (no uprights), but the height and width were the same as football. But Al said we would not use the goals because they didn't comply with the letter of rules, thus giving up a huge advantage. The other memory was he had a great team, with a dominant super-star player who, late in the season, was found out to be over age and that his uncle/grandfather had forged the documents. Al was in tears and wanted to immediately resign and never coach again. He felt his integrity was at stake. But those who knew better forced him to stay on - a tribute to a great human being.
January 29, 2019
Dear Trevor & Brett & all your family,
I am so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. I have such wonderful memories of your dad and your mom and all of you coming to our house in Boxford and visiting you in Scituate during my childhood. Your dad had such a magnificent loving energy and I will never forget his warmth and kindness and your amazing mom too. (I remember him swimming in our pool and having the grandest time!) I will always remember the joy of those days - your parents' authentic goodness lives in my heart forever. Your dad's life-long friendship with my dad (Dick Lawrence) is a rare gift in this life - our whole family loves you so much. I'm so very sorry for your loss and send you tremendous love at this tough time.