Albert “Aba” J. Fagnani Jr. died unexpectedly on September 5th, 2023 at home. Aba was born in Scranton, Pa to parents, the late Albert J. Fagnani Sr. and the late Mary Theresa (Alunni) Fagnani. Needless to say, the world forever changed the day he came into the world.
Aba graduated from the first class of Valley View, 1970. He went on to earn a B.S. degree in Accounting graduating Magna Cum Laude from Bloomsburg State.
He began his professional career as a PA State Auditor, hired by Governor Robert Casey who was the state’s Auditor General. He retired from the state in 2001.
Anyone who knew Aba understood that his business career really had its roots at the family store, Alunni’s Market. Under the supervision of his Uncles, Londi & Ray, over the years, beginning at the age of 10, Aba worked every job the store had; checker, meat slicer, delivery driver, stockboy, sausage & lonza maker, and many more. He received his daily guidance from across the street from the woman who was the most important person in his life, his mother, Mary. The many years of grocery store experience well prepared him for his professional career.
His life led him to local sports where he managed and assisted with many of the area softball teams: Bottlers, Dukes, Boots & Saddles to name a few.
From the time of Bart Starr, Jim Taylor, Paul Hornung, Ray Nitshcke and of course, Fred Fuzzy Thurston (who Aba shared annual drinks with on his annual trips to Green Bay), Aba was forever a green & gold Packers fan.
Over his life, he attended a number of Super Bowls and NCAA Final Fours.
He was a Boston Bruins & Celtics fan to the end spending many a weekend in Boston watching both.
He was a Chicago White Sox fan. But as was so, so Aba, in 1981 when the MLB players went on strike, he had had enough and vowed never to attend another game, nor enter another stadium for the rest of his life. He kept that vow until July 16th of this year when after 42 years he attended a Baltimore O’s game at Camden yards with his brother, Bernie and cousin Roland Alunni and lifelong friend, John Bogdanovicz.
Included in his professional career was a short stay as a self-deputized, traffic directing New Orleans Police Officer during one very memorable Madri Gras.
If you knew him, he was your friend and always willing to provide you with his Aba advice and musings, even when you didn’t ask! His familiar face will be missed at his local “watering holes” Jessup VFW, Archbald Legion, Peckville VFW, Olyphant Legion and The Olyphant Italian American Club. He will live on in all of us who were so very fortunate to have known him.
He is survived by his brothers, Bernie and wife, Linda, and Joe and wife, Delores; nieces Karly Giumento, Linnzi Fagnani (Chris Chrzan) and Tiffany Fagnani, nephews Joseph Fagnani Jr and Dustin Fagnani, grandnieces BricElla Giumento, Lucia Giumento and Francesca Chrzan, goddaughter, Jodi Tomassoni, aunt Louise Alunni, and many cousins.
Graveside services will be held Saturday, Sept. 16, at 12 noon, in St. John's Cemetery, Jessup.
There will be a celebration of his life at a later date.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of the Arthur A. Albini Funeral Home, 1003 Church St., Jessup.