Alfred H. Colonna, Sr.
Alfred Henry Colonna, Sr., 91, passed away peacefully, of natural causes, at the home of his son and daughter-in-law in Westfield on May 28, 2020. Born in Springfield on January 5, 1929, he was the son of the late Enrico & Lena (Mezzetti) Colonna.
Al was a 1947 graduate of Springfield Technical High School, where he was a star athlete in both basketball & baseball. After graduation, he was drafted by the Chicago Cubs and played for their Delaware farm team until a knee injury ended his career. After retiring from baseball, he enlisted in the Army and served in the Korean Conflict from 1951-1953 as a jeep operator delivering mail to the troops. Upon his arrival Stateside, he began his careers at the United States Postal Service and the Boston & Albany Railroad.
On June 5, 1954, he married Albertina (Lungarini) Colonna. They built their home in Springfield where they raised three children. Al was a member of the Marchegian Club in Agawam & an avid candlepin bowler in the post office league. He also played in Springfield’s Men’s Slo-Pitch Softball League, for the former Santi’s Restaurant.
Three and a half years ago he became a resident at Heritage Woods Senior Living in Agawam, where he made many friends who treated him like family.
Al was predeceased by his wife, Bert, on February 26, 1992.
He is survived by his children, Karen DiClementi & husband Mauro of W. Springfield, Carolyn Napolitan & husband Ron of E. Longmeadow, and Al “Skip” Jr. & wife Heidi of Westfield. His favorite “job” was being Nono to his grandchildren, Christina DiClementi & Gianna Crean & husband Darron of W. Springfield, Cameron Napolitan of Hudson, Alexa Napolitan of E. Longmeadow, and Kevin O’Brien & Alfred James “AJ” Colonna of Westfield. He also leaves his sister, Adele Plancon of Dania Beach, FL, sister-in-law, Marie Lungarini of E. Longmeadow and many beloved nieces & nephews.
Al’s family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to the entire staff at Heritage Woods Senior Living & Baystate Hospice for taking care of Al like he was family.
Due to the current health restrictions, Al’s services are private.
Memorial contributions may be made to: W. Springfield UNICO, P.O. Box 1131, W. Springfield, MA 01090-1131.
Please visit www. TazziniFuneralHome.com for condolences.