Ithaca – Alfred (Alfonso) DiGiacomo, 98, passed away on June 27, 2021. He was born and lifted in Huntington Station, New York. In November 1942 he enlisted in the U.S. Military. He was assigned to overseas duty in Oct 1943. Sergeant DiGiacomo joined the 926 Signal Battalion as a switchboard operator giving air assist for floor providers to the 9th Tactical Air Command. He gained a medal for his service in the European African and Center East Theater with 5 battle stars for his participation in the Fight of Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge. Al was honorably discharged in November 1945 and returned to Huntington Station. In 1947 he married Mary O’Brien.
A self-educated architect, Al studied drafting under the G.I. Bill and, soon after a 12-calendar year apprenticeship, received his architectural license. Later in daily life, he ongoing his experiments and gained a Bachelor of Experienced Scientific tests diploma from Empire State College. He designed a lot of structures on Very long Island, such as, Islip Significant Faculty, South Oaks Medical center, Huntington Elementary University, Suffolk County Police Precincts, and the Extensive Island Arena. The style for Islip High Faculty was selected for exhibit at the Nationwide School Boards Convention.
As County Architect for Suffolk County, he was liable for the style and design and development of many buildings which includes two community higher education campuses and the learn approach for the County Middle in Yaphank which Newsday described as arranging at its greatest. Alfred served on the board for The Long Island Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and was a founding member of the Very long Island chapter of the Construction Requirements Institute.
Al and Mary moved to Ithaca in 1980 when he accepted the position of Senior Architect with Cornell College. There, he performed a important part in campus setting up enlargement. He was right concerned in the layout of Snee Hall, Uris Hall reading through area, Biotechnology Setting up, Townhouses, Akwe:kon Property and numerous renovation projects including Willard Straight Corridor terrace and dining corridor and the addition of a 3rd flooring to Hasbrouck Apartments.
On retirement in 1993, he appreciated traveling and spending time with his relatives. He wrote five publications which includes “A Soldier’s Diary” and “American Bread”, highlighting his reminiscences and facets of his everyday living. Every yr Al offered his individual WWII encounters to Ithaca High College learners during “A Soldier’s Story Day”. He also fulfilled with Ithaca College and Cornell learners as section of a volunteer method named Venture Treatment which encourages dialogue and knowing among generations. Al liked the yearly intergenerational Harvest Moon Dance. He enjoyed attending situations and trips structured by the Larger Ithaca Functions Middle Senior Plan.
Al is survived by his 6 little ones and their spouses: Frank (Deborah Marinsky), Kathleen (the late Neil) Shanahan, Kenneth (Patricia), Robert, Thomas (Nancy), and Carol (Dale) Casler. His grandchildren Alana (Nick), Danielle (Charlie), Gavin (Catie). Brien (Angelis), Patrick (Carissa), Keara, Kyle (Maggie), Terence, Arielle (Zack), Julia (Spencer), Casey and Michael. Alfred was also blessed with 6 excellent-grandchildren: Maya, Jacob, Mia, Scarlett, Colin, and Daniel. He is also survived by his spirit artist and “lover in shenanigans” Lynn Capani-Czebiniak.
Al will be remembered for his fierce independence and like of songs, pictures, gizmos, textbooks and storytelling.
Family members and close friends are welcome at Lansing Funeral Residence in Lansing, NY on Tuesday, July 6, from 4:00 to 7:00 PM. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated by Fr. Joseph Marcoux on Wednesday, July 7 at 10:00 AM in St. Catherine of Siena Church, Ithaca.
In lieu of bouquets, the family members suggests contributions to the Greater Ithaca Actions Middle (GIAC), Senior Method, Awareness: Zack Nelson, 301 W. Court docket St., Ithaca, NY 14850 (checks can be made out to GIAC and point out “Senior Method” or Al’s title on the memo line) or The National Museum of the United States Military, 1775 Liberty Dr., Fort Belvoir, VA 22060, https://armyhistory.org.
To share a memory, be sure to stop by www.lansingfuneralhome.com.
Printed by Ithaca Journal from Jul. 1 to Jul. 3, 2021.