Albert A. Martelli, 100, Chef & Coast Guard Veteran

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FRAMINGHAM – Albert A. Martelli, age 100, a longtime resident of Framingham, formerly of Revere, died, Sunday, August 22, 2021 in the comfort and care of his family at home in Framingham.

He was the beloved husband of the late Clara C. (Leverone) Martelli who died in 1998.

Born in Revere, he was the son of the late Joseph and Lucille (Genovese) Martelli.

Albert served as a first class ship’s cook for the US Coast Guard during WWII. Following his service, he continued his passion and returned to his job cooking at The European Restaurant on Hanover Street in the North End of Boston.

In the early 1950’s, Albert was given a chef position at The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Faculty Club. Working the dinner shift he was given the opportunity to serve and meet some of the brightest minds of his time. From Edward Teller and Niels Bohr to Harry Truman.

In 1965 Albert was awarded Chef of The Year through the Framingham Epicurean Club.

He was fun-loving and many will always remember him for his homemade meals and homemade “Albie’s Buca”. With Albie, it was rarely not about food. There was always weekly “meal on wheels” dinners with his family, quahoging, mushroom foraging, gardening, fishing and elaborate holiday dinners well into his 90’s. If he wasn’t cooking, you could most likely find him at Foxwoods playing the slots.

He is survived by a daughter, Alberta R. and her husband Arthur W. Monroe and a son, Richard A. and his wife Vicki A Martelli. He is also survived by his cherished grandchildren, James and his wife Cindy Monroe, Jason and his wife Nilda Monroe, Kimberly and her husband Tobe Reed, Richard A. Jr. and his wife Jessica Martelli; and great grandchildren, Emily Celeste and her husband Mike Caban, Sarah, Jacob, Evan, Olivia and Tobe, Jr.

Albert is also survived by his sister, Helen Ditmar and was predeceased by six siblings.

Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend a time of visitation at the Norton Funeral Home, 53 Beech Street (corner of Union Ave.) Framingham on Monday from 9 to 10:30 a.m. followed by his funeral Mass at 11 a.m. at St. Tarcisius Church, 562 Waverley Street in Framingham.

A private burial will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021 at 11 a.m. at the MA National Cemetery, Bourne.

Expressions of sympathy in his memory may be made to Special Operations Warrior Foundation

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