Albert C. Colaguori
(January 14, 1922 - December 19, 2017)

If you met him for the first time, you would be surprised to discover that his friends and family called him "Big Al." He wasn't big, he wasn't outgoing, and he didn't promote himself. He was quiet, humble, and dignified. He just quietly went about his work and life. After graduating from Stevens Institute of Technology he served in the Navy in the pacific theatre during World War II. He then took a job with the federal government designing communications equipment. He worked there for over 30 years providing for his family of two sons and a daughter. When he retired he started a business called Colwood Electronics, where he designed "the Detailer" a precision wood burning tool that became the favorite of woodworkers both nationally and internationally. He passed the growing business onto his sons, Richard and Steve, but remained active in the shop well into his 90s. He was always available for advice but never pushed to have his way.

He was a fine golfer who often played with his sons. In his heyday he could smack it a long way that belied his size. He shot his age, scored an 82 at 83 years of age - he held his own with younger golfers even into his 80s. But you never heard him brag one time. Golf can often bring out the worst in people, but Big Al was a pleasure to play alongside. He was always encouraging after both good shots and bad. If you were paired with Al at an outing, you knew you were in for a great time no matter what the score.

Al was devoted to his wife of 68 years. Together they raised their family of 3 children which has grown to include 4 granddaughters and one great-grandson. He leaves a lasting legacy of loyalty, hard work, sacrifice, perseverance, and encouragement. Frankly, the trait that stands out the most was his humility. He possessed a quiet strength that was unsurpassed. In that way, he was truly "Big Al." When I think of Al, an old Bible verse comes to mind, "He who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted." We will miss him in a big way.

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