Albert R. Giordano, World War II veteran

March 24, 2020

Albert R. Giordano, 98, of Rehoboth Beach departed peacefully Saturday, March 21, 2020, at Delaware Hospice Center in Milford.  He was born July 11, 1921, in Phillipsburg, N.J., son of the late Antonio and Constance (Lombardo) Giordano.  He will join his wife Evelyn, who pre-deceased him 26 years ago, at Fort Myers Memorial Gardens in Florida.  

Albert and Evelyn were high school sweethearts in Phillipsburg, where Albert grew up along with his sister, Sadie. After Albert graduated from Muhlenberg College, they married, and he was drafted into the Navy.  He served as a Navy corpsman during World War II, primarily at San Diego Naval Hospital. He remained in the Naval Reserve after the war. 

Albert and Evelyn spent four years in Indiana, while Albert attended Indiana University Dental School. Their daughter Vicki was born during that time. He graduated with a DDS in 1948, returning to Phillipsburg to open his dental practice.  Their daughter Sheri was born just before Albert was called back into the Navy during the Korean War. He served two more years at the Newport, R.I. Naval Hospital, and was honorably discharged from the Navy in 1957 as a lieutenant.  He reopened his dental practice in Phillipsburg and retired in 1984. While in Phillipsburg, he was active in the Exchange Club, the local dental association, and a monthly poker game. He was also known for his carpentry skills.  

Retirement brought Albert and Evelyn to Rehoboth Beach in the summer and to Cape Coral, Fla., in winter. Albert enjoyed his time in Florida, especially motoring his boat to Sanibel Island and playing bridge at the senior center.  Summers were spent at the pool at his house in Rehoboth Beach, puttering around the house and shed, and riding his bike on the boardwalk, which he did until he was 90.  When macular degeneration kicked in three years ago, Albert left Florida and moved to Brandywine Assisted Living in Rehoboth Beach to be closer to his family. He could frequently be found playing cards there with new friends.  Above all, Albert cherished time spent with those he held most dear.  He was a loving and devoted father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend who will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

Albert is survived by his daughters: Sheri (Carl) and Vicki (Barry); his grandchildren: Jeff, Newland (Gayle), Matt (Kaitlin) and Catie (Brian); and his great-grandchildren: Damien, Charlie, and Eleanor, whose pictures adorned his room.

Services will be held at Fort Myers Memorial Gardens at a later date.  Arrangements are being handled by Parsell Funeral Homes and Crematorium, Lewes.




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