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Alfred J. Dellaera
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Alfred J. Dellaera, “Al”, age 94, of Fairfield, CT, beloved husband of the late Gloria (Rabbia) Dellaera and loving father of Corinne Ann Dellaera, passed away peacefully Monday, April 30, 2018, in his home with Corinne and family by his side.

Born in the Bronx, the son of the late Pietro and Lillian Dell’Aera, Al had been a Fairfield resident for the last 53 years. He proudly served in the First Division of the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II in the Asiatic- Pacific Theater, where he participated in the battles of Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, Eastern New Guinea, New Britain, and Palau Islands. He fought in the horrific battle of Peleliu Island, where he was seriously injured and as a result, spent 2 years in the hospital. He was awarded a Purple Heart for his committed service to our country.

Following the War, Al met and married the love of his life, his “bride” Gloria, to whom he was married for 63 years. They began to build their life together in Utica, NY, the place which to this day they referred to as “Home”. Al graduated from the Parsons School of Design in New York City and began a lengthy career as an industrial illustrator. He worked for RADC at Griffiss Air Force Base, CBS Laboratories, and Bunker Ramo. He was a parishioner for many years of St. Thomas Aquinas Church, where he was a member of the Men’s League. Mr. Dellaera was an active member of the First Marine Division Association, and attended reunions since the late 1940s. He was a member of American Legion Post 274 and the Loyal Order of the Moose in Fort Myers Beach. He and Gloria loved to travel, and especially enjoyed their trips to Italy, Australia, and to the Pacific, returning to the areas where he fought during World War II.

Al was gifted with a beautiful voice and could always be heard singing or humming. His first job, at 16 years of age, was to deliver singing telegrams for Western Union in New York City, and in recent years, he looked forward to his weekly Karaoke. Al was a man of integrity, who had an unwavering faith and a charismatic personality.

He was a devoted and loving husband, father, brother and uncle. Survivors in addition to his devoted daughter, Corinne, include a brother, Mario (Ralph) Dell’Aera; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Thomas and Beatrice Rabbia; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two brothers, Leonard and Joseph Dellaera.

His funeral will be held on Saturday at 9 a.m. from the Matt Funeral Home and at 10 a.m. at St. Mary of Mt. Carmel/Blessed Sacrament Parish, where his Mass of Christian Burial with military honors, will be offered. Entombment will take place beside his beloved Gloria at Calvary Mausoleum. Relatives and friends may call on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at The Matt Funeral Home, 700 Rutger St., at Mohawk St., Utica.

In lieu of flowers, one may consider a donation to the Gloria Rabbia Dellaera Memorial Scholarship Fund in care of the Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties, 2608 Genesee Street, Utica, NY 13502.

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What an amazing man! Their are few people that we meet in life that we can say have left this world better for his contributions, “Uncle Al” was one. He had an inner strength that was always there and yet a calming peace that was felt by all. He was 91 when Corine and Terry and I went out to dinner with him in Fort Myers . After dinner I thought he’d want to go home and rest, no way! “let’s go to the American Legion Hall, they have Karaoke!”. Off we went for a night of drinks and singing. Following this I thought he’d surely want to go home and rest, no way, lets play cards.! So at almost 2 am after beating me numerous times in cards he went home. He was truly a Marine! Uncle Al was one of the kindest, classiest men I had the honor to know. His Red Marine Hat he proudly wore whenever we went out drew many a stranger to our table to shake his hand and say thank you. Corine, I know how great a loss his passing is but I also know you witnessed a truly “Wonderful Life”. Your memories of your Dad will never fade.

Written by Joe Peplinski
2018-05-04 12:26:58 AM

Corinne: Al (Daddy II) was a true hero in every sense of the word. His presence on this earth was a gift to all who knew and loved him. His life-long faith, positivity, and optimism in the face of any adversity stands as a legacy to inspire us all to look inward and to try a little harder to emulate what should be most important in our lives: God, family, and country. He gave more than he took from this world. He will be missed. We love you. Renee and Bruce

Written by Renee and Bruce Clark
2018-05-13 2:57:45 PM