Albert “Al” Spizzo passed away on February 10, 2022.
Born on March 7, 1932, to poor Italian immigrant parents, Ippolito and Regina Spizzo (Savio), in Bessemer, Pennsylvania, a small town in the northwestern part of the state. Named originally Alberto Luigi, he did not learn to speak English until he was in the third grade when his teacher sent a note home to his parents asking them to try to speak English around Al. His father passed away when he was 14 years old, leaving him with great responsibilities at a young age. Albert developed an incredible work ethic and thriftiness in this environment. He flourished as a student and upon graduation from high school, he was at the top of his class. After graduation, Albert attended Saint Vincent College in LaTrobe, Pennsylvania, for two years followed by the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) where he would graduate with a degree in Chemical Engineering. He was an avid reader of both books and poetry, he loved sports, and he enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening. Al especially had fond memories of all his fishing trips to Canada with family and friends.
Albert had a busy year in 1955. He married his love, Ann Margaret “Marge” Scopio, to whom he continued to adore for 66 years of marriage. Also, in 1955, Albert went through the Air Force Air Training Command and graduated on May 23, 1955. Al and Marge moved to Moses Lake, Washington, where Albert flew all over the world as a navigator on an Air Force transport plane. In 1956, Al and Marge also began their family which would eventually total nine children.
Albert was put on inactive duty with the Air Force in 1959, after which Marge and Al moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with their growing family. Al worked full time at Carnegie-Mellon Institute and attended Pitt to complete his degree. After graduating from Pitt, he took a job as a Chemical Engineer with the Glidden Company and moved his still growing family to Avon, Ohio.
In 1969, Al accepted a job in Statesville, North Carolina, with Hunt Manufacturing as Director of Research and Development and the family moved to Conover, North Carolina, where he would work and raise his family. Also, in 1969, Al was honorably discharged from the Air Force as a Captain. Al retired at 65 years old from Hunt but continued to work as a consultant for several years thereafter.
Over the years, he was a fiercely loyal employee and a brilliant chemist, developing many new products, and had several patents. He loved to run, excelled in tennis, and played golf with his sons. He was a remarkable gardener and quite a savvy and successful investor. He enjoyed traveling with Marge and his family members around Europe, and particularly to Italy to visit relatives.
Albert is preceded in death by his parents Ippolito and Regina; stepfather Giacomo Lucchese; sister Ida Adamczyck and her husband Max; and his son John Patrick.
He is survived by his wife Marge; eight children Robert (Brenda), Allen (Nancy), Cindy Hudson (Matt), Brian, Lisa Lowing (Wayne), Mark (Tanya), Margie Hicks (David), and Thomas; 17 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
The children would like to thank their sister, Margie, for her tireless care for Al during his hospital stays and for the home healthcare she provided. Along with their sister, Lisa, they made Al’s last years’ comfortable.
Albert had a great love for God, his family, and the country and will always be remembered for his generosity and dedication to others. His transition leaves a giant void with his family and friends and all will miss him dearly.
In lieu of flowers, please make all donations to his parish, St. Joseph Catholic Church, 720 W 13th St, Newton, NC 28658.
A service to celebrate Albert’s life will be held on Saturday, February 19, 2022 at 11 a.m. in the Chapel of Bennett Funeral Service, 7878 NC Hwy 16, Newton, followed by military honors. Father Jim Collins and Father Ed Sheridan will officiate. The family will receive friends following the service.
Condolences may be sent to the Spizzo family at www.bennettfuneralservice.com
Bennett Funeral Service of Newton, N.C. is serving the Spizzo family.