July 10, 1930 – March 6, 2021
Age 90, of Marlboro, died peacefully on March 6, 2021, surrounded by his adoring family. Albert was married for sixty-six years to the love of his life, Lena Francesconi (deceased), with whom he raised their three children: Gale Shea of Newport, RI (married to Peter), Lisa Graham of Northborough, MA (married to Christopher), and Mark Francesconi of Needham, MA (married to Irene). Albert was a devoted grandfather to Kelly and Ryan Shea, Jennifer Graham, and Grace, Rebecca, and Daniel Francesconi. He was the dear brother of Loretta Valeri of Winchester, MA and the late Sandra Paglierani of Arlington, MA.
Born in 1930 to Salvatore Francesconi and Pia Castagnoli Francesconi (both of Gambetolla, Italy), Albert graduated from Cambridge Rindge and Latin School and Northeastern University before serving 5 years in the U.S. Air Force where he traveled to North Africa, Asia and Europe. He then spent thirty-three years at S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc., rising to the position of Regional Sales Executive. His true passions were traveling the world with Lena, spending time with his children and grandchildren, and studying world history. After moving from Framingham to Marlboro, Albert became affectionately known as “The Mayor” to the residents of The Meadows Senior Living, where he enjoyed eight years of meaningful friendships amongst the residents and staff.
Services will be private.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Salmon VNA & Hospice (https://www.salmonhealth.com/community/hospice) or Saint Matthias Church of Marlborough (https://stmattpar.org/ ).
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Ellen and Elliott Lerman
March 16, 2021
Dear Lisa, Mark, and Gail,
For more than 20 years, we lived next door to the most wonderful people, your parents - and to you. How lucky we were to have them for neighbors. We socialized, we helped each other, and we built a friendship that endured for another twenty years through phone calls and visits after we moved to Arizona. We made it a point to see them on every visit, sometimes bringing our grandchildren. Al always had cookies and $2.00 bills for them.
When we lived next door we spent many hours visiting, trading stories about aching backs, sometimes bringing tomatoes from our garden, sometimes shoveling their walk or their roof. You baby-sat our kids, who developed their own relationships with your parents.
Al was what we call a mensch- a genuine human being. He spoke about the value of family, of sharing love and of making sure that everyone in the family knew we loved them. 2020 was a difficult year for him. Not only was he dealing with his own health issues but, as you well know, he missed your mother tremendously and missed normal interactions with all of you because of the Covid regulations.
We spoke on the phone with him in late February. Typically, he was concerned that he was late wishing Ellen a happy birthday. He never missed calling us for all the Jewish holidays.
We are so terribly sorry for your loss. May his memory be a blessing.
Ellen and Elliott Lerman
March 14, 2021
Dear Gale, Lisa , Mark and families,
Please accept my heartfelt sympathy at the loss of your beloved father and grandfather. I will never forget the kindness he and your lovely mother showed me during my teenage years . I remember the visit at Christmas my husband Neil and I had in their living room where ‘Mr. Francesconi’ mentored Neil on the ins and outs of a career in sales. He was such a good listener and always keenly aware of another’s feelings.
Many years later, a visit I had with the two of them at their kitchen table in Framingham , over a cup of hot cocoa, was a memory I will treasure forever. We are keeping you all in our hearts and prayers.
Peace and love,
Kathy Kelley and family
Diane and Bob Judem
March 12, 2021
Dear Gale, Lisa, and Mark,
We are deeply saddened to hear of your dear dad's passing. As you know both of your parents were our treasured neighbors and friends. In the years since your mom passed, we made it a point to call Al frequently, and especially in this past year, we spoke often. Our conversations, like always, were long, and meaningful- always reminiscing about our years of meeting in the circle, eating cookies, and drinking tea in their kitchen. We learned so much from Al, and Lee, most especially about the value of prioritizing and appreciating time with loving family and friends. Your dad was wise, sensitive, kind, and modeled for us how to live a life that is full. We will miss him, remember him always, and hold his memory close. Our deepest condolences- may his memory always be a comfort and a blessing.
Love, Diane and Bob
March 11, 2021
Lisa, Gayle Mark and family
.Sending my love and prayers to you and all your family. Your dad will surely be missed. He is so kind and thoughtful. I enjoyed spending time with your dad and witnessing his love and devotion to his family and friends. I so wish the past year was different and we were able to spend more time together. So sad but your dad is at peace and now with your mom, his love.
Peace & Prayers Kathy
Mary Lou Mei
March 9, 2021
To Lisa, Gale and Mark,
My heartfelt condolences to all of you and to your families. You all know how much your dad meant to me. I am truly going to miss him and the friendship we shared. I do take solace knowing he is now at peace and with the love of his life...his beloved Lena, who he adored!!
My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
March 9, 2021
Lisa, Gale, and Mark, your dad was a wonderful friend to my parents, Jerry and Mimi Rubin, at New Horizons. He and my dad were true pals, and the friendship meant so much to them. Your dad was such a warm and caring person, and I will always remember him so fondly. My deepest condolences to you and all the family at this sad time.