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Dr. Joseph J. Albano, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 30, 2023, at the age of 86. Joe was born in Brooklyn, New York to the late John and Marie (Gannascoli) Albano.
He grew up with his loving sister Marie (Albano) Pellegrino in the Gravesend section of Brooklyn on West 3rd Street, the street where he met the love of his life, Angela (Pino) Albano, who later became his beloved wife of almost 60 years.
After graduating Brooklyn Prep High School, he attended Georgetown University and went on to study dentistry at Seton Hall Dental School. He opened his dental practice in Mill Basin, Brooklyn, in 1963, where he loved caring for his patients for over 40 years, before retiring in 2004. “Dr. Joe” was described by his patients as gentle and caring and was highly regarded for his impeccable work.
Joe was a devoted family man and lived for his two children Donna Albano and John Albano. He showered them with love, was there for all of their triumphs and supported them when they needed a helping hand. He made each Christmas special, took them on countless vacations, shared with them the joy of fishing, coached John’s baseball teams for many years, attended cooking classes with Donna, and gave them the forever gift of priceless memories.
He was affectionately known as “grandpa Joe” by his granddaughters Kayla Jane Albano and Maya Marie Albano who brought him so much joy and happiness. He loved attending their softball games, birthday parties and graduations, and was beyond proud of their many accomplishments. His parting words of advice to his granddaughters was to “love everyone”.
He was loving “Uncle Joe” and shared many happy times over the years with his nieces and nephews: Carla Pellegrino, John Pellegrino, Debra Brey, Frank Petraglia, Stephanie Licata, Christopher Licata, Christopher Parthemore, Alexander Brey, Antonio Petraglia, Nico Licata, and Mateo Petraglia.
He was a fixer of everything that needed to be fixed around the house, with a roll of duct tape always near-by. He had a love of the NY Mets and his mood would often fluctuate depending upon the score of each game.
Joe, a/k/a “Joe Blackjack” loved his trips to Atlantic City where he spent countless hours “at work” on the blackjack table. He was an avid fisherman, a bowler, a golfer, cooked like a master chef, enjoyed making World War II model airplanes and would brag about his 1940’s Lionel train collection to anyone who would listen. He would wow his family and friends when he played the piano, a talent he began perfecting in his early childhood.
In his later years, he became a lover of game shows and was not pleased with anyone that tried to interrupt his two morning programs: Let’s Make a Deal and The Price is Right.
Joe cherished the many Easters he spent with his family and friends at his second home in Palm Springs, California, having cocktails on “Joe’s Patio” and watching golfers on the 7th hole.
In 2004, Joe and Angela left their Mill Basin home and settled in Somerset, New Jersey, where they enjoyed being closer to Angela’s parents (the late Hon. Frank J. Pino and Concetta Pino) and other family and friends, as well as having a shorter drive to Atlantic City.
Joe will be remembered for many things but mostly for his smile, intelligence, kind heart, creative nature, strength and bravery during his medical battles, and true love of family and his many friends.
He leaves behind to cherish his memory his beloved wife Angela Albano; children Donna Albano (Jayson Blau) and John Albano (Susan); sister Marie Pellegrino (Frank); granddaughters Kayla Jane Albano and Maya Marie Albano; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Frances and Dominick Valentino; nieces and nephews: Carla Pellegrino, John Pellegrino, Debra Brey, Frank Petraglia, Stephanie Licata, Christopher Licata, Christopher Parthemore, Alexander Brey, Antonio Petraglia, Nico Licata, and Mateo Petraglia, his many cousins, patients and friends.
The family would like to thank all of Joe’s family and friends for their love and support and extend an extra special thank you to Joe’s personal medical team which included cousin Dr. Joseph Pino, Dr. Larry Mahdi (his son’s brother-in-law and a dear friend) , Dr. Robert Constantino (his best friend of over 70 years), as well as Joe’s aide Grace Melville a/k/a “Lynnette” and “Gina”, his home physical therapist, who both became dear friends.
For those who would like to attend the funeral mass and are unable, it will be able to be viewed online at https://saintbernardbrooklyn.com/
Visitation will be held from 3-8 pm on Friday, January 5, 2024 at the Bridgewater Funeral Home, 707 E. Main Street, Bridgewater, NJ 08807. The Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, January 6, 2024, at 10:45 am at St. Bernard of Clairvaux Parish, 2055 E 69th Street, Brooklyn, New York 11234. Interment to be held on Monday, January 8, 2024 at Holy Cross Burial Park & MSLM, Jamesburg, NJ 08831.
Donations in Joe’s memory can be made to a charity of your choice.