John Paul Albert

January 18, 1966November 26, 2013
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Obituary of John Paul Albert

John Paul Albert, 47, of South Windsor, and a long-time Stamford resident, died Tuesday night at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford of complications after surgery. He led a life characterized by devotion to family and friends.

He was born in Stamford, the youngest of five children of the late Gerard P. and Laura C. Albert. He attended Davenport Ridge Elementary School and graduated from Westhill High School. He worked for 22 years at the Finast, Edwards and Stop & Shop stores in Stamford. He was a life-long participant in Special Olympics, earning many medals in tennis and floor hockey at local, state and national events. He loved music, dance and film, particularly the classic tunes, movies and Broadway shows of the thirties, forties and fifties. He was the clan historian, using his video camera to chronicle family events for decades. He lived with his parents in Stamford for 46 years and moved to his brother’s home in South Windsor last year, where he made many new friends and volunteered serving meals to the elderly. He was a communicant of St. Bridget of Ireland Church in Stamford and St. Francis of Assisi Church in South Windsor.

He leaves two brothers, Claude and his wife Nancy of Haddam; and Richard and his wife Anne of South Windsor; a sister, Elise Sehulster and her husband Jerry of Stamford; and seven nieces and nephews, to whom he was devoted: Meredith Detwiller and her husband Christopher of Sharon, MA; Michael Albert and his wife Emiliana Patlan of San Antonio, TX; Christopher Albert and his wife Sarah of East Hartford; Joseph Albert of South Windsor; Lauren Albert of Boston; Alexandra Sehulster and her fiancée Salvatore DeLucia of Stamford; and Annaliese Sehulster of Stamford; and a great-nephew, Benjamin Detwiller of Sharon, MA. He was predeceased by his sister Marlaine in 1973.

Family and friends may call on Sunday, December 1, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Home, 2900 Summer Street, Stamford, CT. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, December 2, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Bridget of Ireland Roman Catholic Church, 278 Strawberry Hill Avenue, Stamford. Burial will follow at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery, Darien.

Memorial donations may be made to Connecticut Special Olympics, 2666 State Street, Suite 1, Hamden, CT 06517-2232.


  • Visitation Sunday, December 1, 2013
  • Mass of Christian Burial Monday, December 2, 2013

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Louise Kralich

December 21, 2013

Dear Albert family, I was a pediatric nurse at St. Joseph and just loved John. I was there when he made his first communion. He was such a very special person who brought much joy to anyone who met him. My condolences to for this loss.

Peter Bessa

December 18, 2013

My heart goes out to the Albert family. Please accept my condolences. I feel blessed to have known John, even though our pathes have not crossed for quite a few years, my memories of him are still fresh of his smile, generosity , tenderness, sense of humor, and of course great acting ability. Those home movies you all made with John,( with such old school technology) were awesome!!! I know how much he enjoyed making them and the poker games as well. Thank you John for being such a great friend to my brother Jimmy! We will all miss you rest in peace.

betty hagander

December 3, 2013

Dear Albert FAMILY,
My heart-felt sympathy for the loss of your beloved John.His love and outstanding standing sense of humor will be greatly missed.May his beautiful soul rest in peace.
Betty Hagander

Lynne Sehulster

December 2, 2013

Walter and I are saddened to hear of John's passing. John was a remarkable young man who was surrounded by a loving family. He loved country music and making movies for which he supplied the stories and directed the action! I remember him as a genuinely happy person, always smiling, living his life to the fullest. Our heartfelt sympathies go to all in the Albert family; we grieve for your loss.

Lynne Sehulster and Walter Bond

paul bessa

December 1, 2013

I have warm memories of John Albert. He was always warm hearted and upbeat. John was a gentle soul and I'll always remembe his musical concerts with my brother Jim. God bless him.
Paul Bessa

Eileen Sierra

December 1, 2013

May you find peace in the many beautiful memories of happier times with John and your remarkable family, and in knowing that every ray of sunshine that brightens each day is the heart-bursting love that John freely gave to all. So very sad for this devastating loss, our family is keeping you all close to our hearts.

December 1, 2013

During This very said time, please lean on the “ God of Comfort” 2nd Cor 1: 3-4

Lyn Nevins

December 1, 2013

John was a shining star in so many ways on our Special Olympics tennis team. He loved to play, he loved to work on his game. He made everyone smile. We will all miss him. My thoughts are with all of you in his family.

Lisa Faski

December 1, 2013

I will never forget the many happy times John and I spent together during Boy Scouts and Special Olympics! Not to mention the many times we visited along with our Moms while growing-up. John's ever-smiling face when he recognized me at the grocery store always made me feel special! He was a bright and shining star to all who knew him. May you forever be at peace now with Mom, Dad and Jesus! God bless you all as I'm sure the loss of John's presence has left a gaping hole in the family who loved and cared so dearly for him. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Lisa Faski

Maryellen Zarnik

December 1, 2013

John is a wonderful example for us all to live by...unconditionally loving others and accepting people for who they are...I have known john since we were born same month and same year... will never forget his smile, warm greeting and hug every time I saw him