OBITUARY

Thomas Blair Albert

March 9, 1931August 31, 2020
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Thomas Blair Albert passed away peacefully on August 31, 2020 surrounded by his family.

Tom was a graduate of Waynesburg H.S. and the University of Pittsburgh. He received his teaching degree from WVU and his Masters from Penn State.

Tom played football in both high school and college but is best known for his impressive wrestling career. Tom won both WPIAL and PIAA titles in 1949 and repeated both in 1950.

At Pitt, Tom was EIWA Champion for two consecutive years. Tom won the NCAA National Championship at 167 pounds in 1957. Tom served with the US Navy for 4 years on the USS Shenandoah. During this time, he won the AAU Championship and competed in the Pan American games. Tom was assistant wrestling coach at Trinity H.S. Tom was inducted into the Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame in 1984. In addition to teaching physical education at Trinity H.S., Tom owned and operated a dental lab. Tom became proficient in operating heavy equipment and built, owned, and operated Alberts Mobile Home Park. Tom was the son of immigrants Sherwin and Penelope Elefterios Albert and embraced his Greek and Syrian Heritage.

Tom loved and cherished his wife Marianne Zupancic Albert and his children Thomas (Janet) Albert, Jill (James) Painter, Lisa (Matthew) Minter, and Jeff (Sharon) Albert and grandchildren David and Caleb Minter, Nathan, Emily, and Ethan Albert. Tom loved his kids and instilled in them his strong work ethic and strength.

Tom was preceded in death by his first wife Carolyn King Albert and his 9 brothers and sisters.

Tom fought his 4-year illness with the physical toughness and courage that he lived his life.

  • FAMILY

  • Marianne Albert, Wife
  • Thomas Albert (Janet), Son
  • Jill Painter (James), Daughter
  • Lisa Minter (Matthew), Daughter
  • Jeff Albert (Sharon), Son
  • David Minter, Grandson
  • Caleb Minter, Grandson
  • Nathan Albert, Grandson
  • Emily Albert, Granddaughter
  • Ethan Albert, Grandson
  • Carolyn King Albert, Wife (deceased)
  • Sherwin Albert, Father (deceased)
  • Penelope Elefterios Albert, Mother (deceased)
  • Tom was predeceased by 9 brothers and sisters.

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  • PALLBEARERS

  • David Minter
  • Caleb Minter
  • Nathan Albert
  • Braxton McCollum
  • Zack Koratich
  • William Hyatt
  • Clint Winter
  • Ethan Albert

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, September 3, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, September 4, 2020

Memories

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Mark Gump

September 2, 2020

So sorry for your loss. Sending prayers to you and yours.
He was one of my favorite gym teachers. I'll always remember him saying " either your a sissy or a man " he told it like it was . He will be missed

Mark L Gump and family

Barbara Demcisak

September 2, 2020

So sorry to hear about Tommy. We worked together at Trinity and had great conversations
at lunch. A memorable guy. Sorry for your loss.

Charles Kosey

September 1, 2020

Marianne and family,
You have my deepest sympathies, words cannot
explain how I feel.
Chuck and Barb Kosey.
Reno Nevada.

Colleen Griffin

September 1, 2020

Tom, Jill, Lisa, Jeff and Marianne,
I am so sorry for your loss. I will always smile when I think of Tom , and he was surrounded by such a loving family. Take good care.

Colleen Griffin
(Janet’s sister)

Gloria Bryan Kuhar

September 1, 2020

Sending thoughts and prayers to all the family.. Many good memories of your Dad Tom when we were young.. God Bless , the Bryan family

Bob Schmidt

September 1, 2020

My condolences go out to the entire Albert family. Coach Albert was part of that greatest generation that had the values of hard work, determination, tough mindedness and sense of duty. He was a formidable opponent and had a strong character that he taught to the wrestlers he coached. Joe Shook and he made a great team for the years that they coached together at Trinity. He joins, Gene Bowman, Stan Mousetis, Andy Puchany, Frank Vulcano Sr.and Joe Solomon, all who passed before him, as "some of the wrestling greats" of Western Pennsylvania. God have mercy on his soul. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

David Biller

September 1, 2020

Deepest Sympathies from the Biller Family.

Ben & Shawn Trapuzzano

September 1, 2020

Our deepest sympathy to Tom’s family. He was a wonderful teacher and colleague. Our prayers to all. Rest In Peace Tom.

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