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Albert Manganello

Albert James Manganello Jr.

Thursday, January 21st, 2021
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Obituary

Albert James Manganello, Jr., peacefully passed away on January 21, 2021, with family by his side after a short but courageous battle with pneumonia. He was 73. Born on April 6th, 1947, Al was the cherished son of the late Albert J. and Yolanda (Iacoviello) Manganello.

A lifelong Medfield resident, Al graduated Medfield High School in 1964. He excelled at football, and was a proud Warrior. Al enlisted in the Marines shortly after graduation. He proudly served two and a half years, including 14 months in the Vietnam War.

When Lance Cpl. Manganello finished his tour in Vietnam, he returned home to Medfield and worked in the oil business, where he met his future wife, Lorraine. An opportunity close to home, and closer to his heart, arose when the new Medfield Legion was complete in the early 1970’s. Al was sworn in as Post Steward in 1975 and held that position until his passing. One of his best-known accomplishments as Post Steward was the creation of Peter Kristof Way. He was responsible for naming and dedicating the Grove St extension in memory of fellow Marine and Medfield graduate, Peter Kristof, who was killed in Vietnam. In the summer of 1976, Al and Lorraine were married in the city. They chartered busloads of attendees back to the Medfield Legion for their reception. Theirs kicked off the hundreds of weddings Al would eventually coordinate as the Legion Function Manager. Family life began in 1978 with the birth of their daughter, Lorrie, followed by Al III. A proud father, Al never missed a significant event in his children’s lives. From plays to playoffs, Al was there front and center. If he wasn’t coaching, you could find him cheering from the sidelines.

Al instilled a strong work ethic in his children, and lead by example. Al worked 7 days a week, and loved everyday. During his almost 50 year career with the American Legion, Al served on 14 committees, including the Executive Board, the Board of Trustees, the Finance Committee, Distinguished Service, Memorial Committee, Public Relations, Scholarships, Life Memberships, Community Services, Memorial Day, Medfield Day, Sick Call, The Sons of the Legion, and he was the Chairman of Athletics. Al was sworn in as Commander 6 times. Al also formed the Sons of the American Legion, an organization for those whose parents and/or grandparents were in the service. He volunteered as their advisor and oversaw their MHS scholarships. Within the Medfield community, Al was on the Memorial Day Committee, organized Veterans Day services, and was one of three Vine Lake Cemetery Commissioners. Al initiated creation of a Medfield Vietnam Memorial Stone, which sits at the entrance of Peter Kristof Way. He was there from conception to dedication of Medfield’s Baxter Park, and proudly helped unveil the Vietnam Memorial at the Middle School. In 2013, Al was the recipient of the Medfield Foundations “Lifetime Achievement Award”. He was recognized for his lifelong work spanning over four decades for the betterment of Medfield Veterans. Al was also recognized for his volunteer work with Medfield Day, Medfield Little League, Council on Aging, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Medfield Lions Club, Boys State, Toys for Tots, MHS scholarships, and with the Medfield Police and Fire departments. Al was a gifted gardener and landscaper, and proudly managed Manganello Landscaping, a business he helped his son bring to life when he was a teenager.
“Big Al” was happiest while spending time with his family and friends. His presence was larger than life and he could fill a room with his personality and laughter. He enjoyed his many “regulars”, talking about everything from the weather to politics to sports. He was always there to lend an ear, or the shirt off his back. Al enjoyed his family vacations to Cape Cod, Myrtle Beach, Virginia Beach, and Hampton Beach. Al and Lorraine loved visiting their friends in Florida. They loved hosting get togethers and going to dinner with friends. Everyone looked forward to their annual 4th of July party, hosting dozens of family and friends throughout the day. Al was an avid New England sports fan. He took joy in his annual golf trips, playing mens league softball, and being the perfect Lefty. Al’s most relaxed days were spent on the boat taking day trips to the Vineyard, and on his deck with his newspapers and peanuts. The greatest joy in Al’s life, was when his granddaughter, Olivia, was born. He was a proud Papa, and relished every minute they spent together. From ballet recitals to baiting the perfect hook; to watching Westerns and going to horse shows, they had an unbreakable bond. Al is survived by his wife of over 44 years, Lorraine (Gay); his daughter Lorrie and husband, John Guindon, of Norfolk; his son Albert J. Manganello III and wife, Michelle, of Medfield; his brother Brian and wife Debbie of Howell, Michigan; his sister Rhona (Manganello) Peterson of Nashua, N.H.; his beloved granddaughter, Olivia; and many nieces, nephews, and Godchildren.

Visiting hours will be Thursday, January 28th from 2-6 at the Roberts Mitchell Caruso Funeral Home, 15 Miller Street, Medfield. Please be advised due to COVID-19 restrictions a maximum of 25 people will be allowed in the Funeral Home at a time. Burial will be Friday at 11:45 in Vine Lake Cemetery with full Military Honors following a private Mass.

Donations in Al’s memory can be made to The Sons of the American Legion PO Box 39
Medfield, Ma 02052.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, January 28th, 2021 | 2:00pm - 6:00pm
    When
    Thursday, January 28th, 2021 2:00pm - 6:00pm
    Location
    Roberts Mitchell Caruso FH - Medfield
    Address
    15 Miller St
    MEDFIELD, MA 02052
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  • Service

    Location
    St. Edward the Confessor Church
    Address
    133 Spring St.
    MEDFIELD, MA 02052
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    Notes
    Private
  • Interment

    Location
    Vine Lake Cemetery
    Address
    625 Main St.
    MEDFIELD, MA 02052
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    Notes
    Family and friends are welcome but reminded of social distancing.

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Phyllis polillio

Posted at 09:29pm
Lorraine and family I just found out about al I am so sorry love Phyllis matarazzo
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Appreciative Medfield Resident

Posted at 07:55pm
To the Manganello Family,

I only knew of Mr. Manganello, but know he was a true Medfield legend. Reading his obituary, it’s incredible how many things he did for this wonderful town. A true small town American Hero.
May he Rest In Peace and May you all be comforted by warm memories of a life well lived.
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Barbara Foley

Posted at 02:02pm
I only met Al once when a friend connected us because my son wanted to go to the Junior Trooper camp and needed a Legion representative to sign for him. Al was kind enough to meet us, chat with my son, sign his paperwork and wish him well. He was a kind and genuine man and it was a pleasure to meet him if only briefly. Praying for his family during this difficult time. Best, Barbara Foley
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Elden Boyt

Posted at 01:29pm
Lorraine , Lorrie & Al my heartfelt condolences to you guys and the rest of his family and friends. I have had so many shared experiences with Big Al and the family and We won 10 softball championships together he’s a great man I’ll never forget 🙏🏻❤️☮️ God Bless 🙏🏻
LF

Loretta Porter Fahey

Posted at 11:44am
Mrs. Manganello, Lori and Al,
I am so sorry for the loss of your wonderful husband and father. I remember your dad so we'll from seeing him on the sidelines at your sporting events- cheering for all he was worth. As well as his wonderfully engaging humor when I spoke to him during all of the parent nights at school- he loved his children so very much and was so proud of you.
Please take comfort in each other's strength over the next days and weeks to come. RIP Mr. Manganello.
Mrs. Loretta Porter Fahey

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