Albert J. DiSalvio, Sr., passed suddenly on September 13th, 2020, of Bellmawr, NJ. Age 62. Beloved husband of Regina (nee Gmaz). Devoted father of Kathleen Coluzzi (Matthew), Rosemary DiSalvio (Elijah), and Albert DiSalvio Jr. (Emily Kaschak). Loving grandfather of Willow, Paisley and Paige. Dear brother of Michael DiSalvio (Linda) and brother-in-law of Mary King (Charles), Nancy Gmaz, Joseph Gmaz (Jackie), and Debbie Keller (Jim). Also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Al was a heart transplant recipient who lived six years glorifying his donor. Al was a master chef- always cooking his famous Sunday Gravy, barbequing and entertaining for his family and friends. Al was the Food Service Director for the St. Pius Retreat of the Camden Diocese for over 10 years. His love for cooking brought his family together for every holiday surrounded by good times and good food.
Al had a special way of knowing everyone so personally, developing into great relationships through his unique brand of humor and guiding advice. He was a devoted and loving husband to Regina, together 42 years and married for 39, and would do anything for her. They met when they were both 19 years old, experiencing a love-at-first-sight moment while Al was DJing at DiSalvio's Bar, setting the stage for what became a, "best friends" for life relationship.
Al was an avid Philadelphia sports fan, loved going to sports games with Albert Jr. and his son in law Matt. He loved his dogs, Hannah and Zoie, and always lit up the room with his positive and reassuring energy.Among his many interests as a Sci-Fi Enthusiast and History Buff included attending car shows, his daily comical Facebook posts and walking the trails of Batsto and the Pine Barrens.
Above all, he was the best Pop Pop in the world. He played with his grandchildren Willow, Paisley and Paige for endless hours and babysat any chance he got. He was extremely proud of his children, Rose and Kathleen, both amazing mothers and his confident son Al Jr., scheduled to be married in early 2021. He was a best friend to all his nieces and nephews. Al leaves behind a legacy of integrity, love and an incredible commitment to family. The world lost a one of kind, selfless, charismatic man. An angel on earth and now one forever.
There will be a viewing from 7pm to 9pm Thursday, September 17th at GARDNER FUNERAL HOME, RUNNEMEDE.
Funeral Mass will be at 10am Friday, September 18th at St Joachim Parish, Annunciation BVM Church, Bellmawr.
Interment is private at the request of the family.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Albert's memory to Gift of Life Donor Program, 401 North 3rd street, Philadelphia, PA 19123
Runnemede, NJ 08078
Bellmawr, New Jersey 08031
3 people have supported the family by purchasing them flowers or gifts from the Healing Registry.
So sorry for your loss Jeanie. My condolences to you and your family. Fondly, Joan Irwin
My Dear Regina and family,
There are no words that I can say to express my deepest heartfelt sympathy in the passing if your beloved Al, your husband, your, father, your Pop-pop, your everything that he was to each of you. "To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord." I know you may not understand why? at this time but prayerfully you will "by and by." I know you and your hubby we're the "dynamic duo" and your love for each other is never ending. Every time you look up to the heavens, know Al is smiling down on each of you. Please know I love you Regina and I am praying with you all and for you all.
BOD President JNESO
I am sorry for the loss of your husband, dad, grandfather! I remember Al from the Di Salvio days! He was always a kind man! RIP Al . Your we amazing man, your family wont ever forget you! Keep his memories close to your heart!
Our deepest condolences for lost
Dickie and Donna Lambdon
So very sorry to hear of Al Sr’s passing. My deepest condolences Regina, Albert Jr, Kathleen, Rose & all the family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
I am devastated and shocked to read this obituary before bed. He was and still is an amazing husband,dad and grandfather! I remember how awesome he was when we would hang out at your house in Blackwood by the lake and how he had the car lot too! He loved his twin girls and watching Al Jr play ice hockey! Always remember the great memories you shared and that helps you through this difficult time. We are thinking of all of you! Love you guys! Love,Stephanie & Jeff Wagner
Extending love and prayers and support to the family from me and my mother Doris. God bless you all!
Jean & family,
My deepest sympathies.
He sounds like a wonderful man. I had to say blessings to you all.
Jeanie & Family,
My deepest condolences to you and your children for your loss.
Shirley Gossman (Jim Keller sister)_