Albert A. Conti, a retired Industrial Arts Teacher at Peabody High School, passed away after a brief illness on Wednesday morning, August 1, 2018. The beloved husband of 63 years of Beatrice (Sabatino) he was 88 years old.
Al was born, raised and educated in Somerville. He was the son of the late Mario and Maria Conti. Al was the former owner of Al’s Sub Shop on Highland Avenue in Somerville. It was while he was working at his sub shop that he would meet his future wife Beatrice Sabatino. They married in 1955. Al and Bea moved to Burlington in 1958 when it was still somewhat of a farm town. Al was an extremely talented craftsman and with minimal help he was able to design and build his own home in Burlington. He also designed their retirement home in Florida. After he sold his sub shop, Al went to work at I-Tek as a Model Maker. Al dabbled briefly in teaching and realized he had a passion for this career. He went back to school nights commuting from Burlington to Fitchburg to attend Fitchburg State College. He received his Bachelors as well as his Master’s Degree at Fitchburg State College. His pursuit of his degree was a team effort with Al working during the day, going to school in the evening and having his wife Bea type all his school papers.
Al had a love of music and played the saxophone and the clarinet. When he was younger he played in a number of small bands. Al had a gift for woodworking. Al loved the satisfaction and pride that came from working with his hands and building beautiful and useful objects such as clocks and furniture. He made all types of clocks including grandfather clocks. Al also made and designed some the cabinets and furniture within his home. If you looked around Al’s home in Burlington you would see his beautifully made Grandfather clocks and cabinets. You were one of the lucky ones if you were the recipient of one of his prized clocks. Al also had a flair for art and was known for his oil painting. He also took great pride in his vegetable garden.
Al and Bea loved to travel. When the children were young they would go camping throughout the United States. During their retirement years, Al and Bea would travel internationally with their children and grandchildren occasionally accompanying them.
Al was blessed to see the birth of his two grandchildren Alexander and Adeline. He adored them and they adored him. Nothing brought Al and Bea greater joy than spending time with Alexander and Adeline. Al will be remembered as a quiet man who worked hard to provide for his family.
Al was the beloved husband of 63 years of Beatrice (Sabatino). He was the loving father of Deborah Stonier of Tewksbury, Stephen Conti of Burlington and Donald Conti & his wife Anne of Hampton Falls, NH. Al was the proud grandfather of Alexander & Adeline. Brother of the late Irma, Matilda & Pasquale.
Funeral from the Edward V Sullivan Funeral Home, 43 Winn St., BURLINGTON (Exit 34 off Rt., 128/95 Woburn side) on Monday, August 6 at 9 a.m. Followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Margaret’s Church, 111 Winn St., Burlington at 10 a.m. Visiting hours Sunday 4-6 p.m. Interment in Pine Haven Cemetery, Burlington. In lieu of flowers memorials in Al’s name may be made to the American Heart Association, PO Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005