Wed May 18, 2011 3:10 pm
It is with a sad heart that I must share with you all the news of the passing of our friend and fellow Cub lover, Albert "Albie" Badaracco, from the Pittsburgh, Pa area, last Wednesday, May 11, 2011.
Albie was 83.
He certainly will be missed at the Cubfests...I know he made a large impact on my life in the short time that we were friends.
His obituary is at this link http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/postgazette/obituary.aspx?n=albert-a-badaracco&pid=151009636&fhid=6752
Please keep his family in your prayers during this time.
Wed May 18, 2011 3:24 pm
I was very honored when Albie contacted me a couple years back when he was getting back into Cubs. He said he wanted to make sure he attended the Bash. Very few of the newer members know that Albie was the originator of the Cub workshops. Of course we now know those workshops as Cubfests. He always joked that he was so old he wouldn't buy green bananas. He was a great guy and will be sadly missed.
Thanks for letting us all know.
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Wed May 18, 2011 3:51 pm
We'll certainly miss him. Thanks for letting us know, Dave.
Wed May 18, 2011 3:55 pm
Some of my best memories of cubfests is the time I spent with Albie at the Tug and again at Cubfest NE. We had many conversations over the phone and be email discussing Cubs, carburetors and life in general. He will surely be missed. RIP Albie.
Wed May 18, 2011 4:08 pm
I had the pleasure to visit with Albie at the Barnyard Bash and the Cubtug...what a great guy to talk to. He will be missed and I feel blessed that I got to know him.
Wed May 18, 2011 4:09 pm
Rest in Peace Albie.
Wed May 18, 2011 5:50 pm
Dave, thanks for letting us know. I believe Albie pioneered the concept of the cubfest. I am glad I had to opportunity to meet him. He was a true gentleman and it was always a pleasure to chat with him. We will keep his family in our thoughts and prayers.
Wed May 18, 2011 6:26 pm
I went to the website Dave linked to and expressed my sympathies. If you knew Albie, knew of him, or even just attended a Cubfest it may be a good gesture to let his family know that his Cub Family remembers him also.
Wed May 18, 2011 7:44 pm
Although I never met Albie, he and I did exchange PM's and emails a lot and he was instrumental along with George Willer in encouraging me to host the very first Cubfest outside of Ohio .. CubFest Northeast 2004. Albie has always been a source of encouragement for me and I will miss his advice.
Rest in Peace Albie (+)
Wed May 18, 2011 7:47 pm
Was glad to have spent time with him at the tug. Very nice man.
Wed May 18, 2011 9:22 pm
Albie was one of the BEST. We will all miss him dearly. Peace be with you.
Wed May 18, 2011 10:17 pm
Sad to hear. A truly wonderful gentleman, I really enjoyed meeting him. We all owe a debt of gratitude for him helping us get to where we are today.
Thu May 19, 2011 5:06 am
I was glad I had the chance to meet him at Cubfest Ne, a very nice gentlemen.
Thu May 19, 2011 6:51 am
Albie was a true friend and supporter of this hobby. He and I had lots of conversations. I am glad he had the chance to see how his idea of a few cub lovers getting together for a day of shop time and sharing of knowledge blossomed into what we all enjoy today at the various CubFests across the country. I asked him one day if he ever dreamed that it would grow into what it has. He was extremely pleased to see how it had developed.
One of my favorite memories of him was when he sat down in his shop at the second Cub Workshop and played his accordian for us.
Rest in Peace my friend! You have earned it.
My sincere thanks to George Willer for fowarding me this photo:
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Thu May 19, 2011 8:11 am
Prayers for the family and loved ones as they deal with the passing.
Glad I got to meet him as well.
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