Albert Battista, age 98, a lifelong Quincy resident, died peacefully, Saturday, February 10, 2018, at home, surrounded by his loving family.
Al was born in Quincy to the late Ernest and Gaetana (Cacicia) Battista. He was raised in Quincy and was a graduate of Quincy High School, Class of 1936 where he was captain of the wrestling team. After high school, he studied and received certification in mechanical design at the Lowell Institute School of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
He was employed for many years as a piping designer for the Charles T. Main Company in Boston, specializing in paper mill construction. Al began his career in pipe system designing at the former Fore River Shipyard in Quincy working for the Bethlehem Steel Company.
Al was a proud World War II veteran having served in the U. S. Army as a technical sergeant. As a platoon sergeant and as a combat light weapons NCO he participated in the Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes, and Central European and the Battle of the Bulge campaigns. He received the Bronze Star Medal for his actions on May 2, 1945, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Good Conduct Medal, and the European African Middle Eastern Theater Campaign Ribbon. In 1945, he also received a Liberation of France Medal from the French Government.
He was a lifelong parishioner of St. John the Baptist Church in Quincy, a member of the Holy Name Society, and was a well-known usher at the Saturday 4 o’clock Mass, still active just prior to his passing. Al enjoyed gardening, spending summers with his wife and children on Cape Cod, and was dedicated to his family.
Beloved husband of the late Clara H. (Lorito) Battista. Devoted father of Ernest J. Battista of Hanson, Ellen J. Battista-Lerro and her husband Robert of Braintree, Russell A. Battista and his wife Theresa of Lexington, and the late Kenneth A. Battista. Loving grandfather of Michael and Marc Battista and step-grandfather of Vanessa, Roseanna Lerro, Amber Tuffo and her husband Anthony.
The last of five siblings, Al was the brother of the late Anthony, John, Edward, and Maurice Battista. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Funeral from the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, Saturday, February 17th at 10:30 a.m. Funeral Mass in Saint John the Baptist Church, 44 School Street, Quincy at 11:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting hours at the funeral home on Friday 4 – 7 p.m. Interment with Military Honors at Blue Hill Cemetery in Braintree.
You are invited to visit thesweeneybrothers.com or call 617-472-6344.