It has been one year since the passing of Mr. Anthony Albano. We thank you on behalf of his beloved late wife Diane, his children, grandchildren, and brothers and sisters and as a family that has been devastated by the loss but fortunate to have had our Father and Brother in our lives and to have the support of our family, friends, and all of those who have had the chance to be touched by this man, who was greater than life. To most, he was known as The Great Albano, but to us he was simply Dad, Papa, and our brother Anthony. He was the patriarch of our family. However, most importantly, Anthony was an angel not only to his family but to everyone that he came in contact with. The loss of our Father and Brother has proven to be the most difficult experience of our lives. However our community has been so supportive in ensuring his legacy lives on; the outpouring of love, respect, and admiration for Anthony that filled the very halls of East Boston High School that he loved so much, touched us greatly. We are thankful beyond words for the community of East Boston’s support in our time of need. We all knew Anthony was loved by many, but to have a line of people waiting to pay their respect and console us, his family, extending into the street for 7 hours filled us with both awe and pride. Everyone that attended his service was a physical manifestation of all of the love, hard work, and time that Anthony put into the city of East Boston. The diversity of the crowd that came to mourn our loss and celebrate his life truly put into perspective how far Anthony’s caring and helpful nature reached. The students, that Anthony so deeply loved and cared for as they were his own children, came to thank his family for “sharing” their brother and father with them. The crowd also included many Dignitaries from around the state that Anthony worked with closely during key elections to benefit and ensure the education and safety of the residents of East Boston. Anthony cared deeply about the future of East Boston and it shined through his great interest and involvement with youth sports and politics. Anthony always wanted what he believed was best for the city of East Boston. Strangers from all walks of life that heard of Anthony’s kindness and legacy came to show their respects as well. It was truly beyond words. Our hearts were heavy, but there was also an overwhelming feeling of pride and respect that permeated the air. Our father / brother was an incredible human being loved by thousands.
We would like to thank everyone involved in ensuring that Anthony’s legacy lives on forever. We will never forget the Columbus Day Parade where signs proclaiming “Thank You Mr. Albano” flooded the streets and the banner that was held with respect and admiration by East Boston High School’s students and faculty. Our gratefulness cannot be contained to mere words. It meant the world to us. Thank you so much. We would also like to thank Mr. Philip Brangiforte, EBHS Headmaster, for the creation of the Anthony Albano scholarship fund and the Anthony Albano Memorial MVP Award. Anthony devoted 45 years to East Boston High School. It became a second home and family for him. He did not treat it like a job. It was his life and joy. He loved those children beyond words and did everything he could to ensure a happy and bright future for them. The scholarship rectified in his name, will serve to do just that. It will give someone a chance. It will carry on his work for him in his absence. We are incredibly thankful for you ensuring his legacy lives on through this scholarship.
Our Father and Brother will forever be missed and loved. Anthony may not be with us today, but his presence will always be felt throughout the city of East Boston. The Great Albano is watching over all of us. We take comfort in your kind and thoughtful expression of sympathy; it is deeply appreciated and gratefully acknowledged. Thank you once again from the bottom of our hearts.
From his late beloved wife Diane, Children, Grandchildren, and Brothers and Sisters.
To make a donation please mail a check payable to: Anthony Albano Scholarship Fund and mail to:
East Boston High School,
86 White St.
East Boston, MA 02128