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FRAMINGHAM – Albert Sebastian (Al), age 96, a lifelong resident of Framingham died peacefully on Wednesday, February 15, 2023, at Saint Patrick’s Manor in Framingham surrounded by his family.

He was a loving husband of 72 years of Eleanor (Sarno) Sebastian.

He was a graduate of Framingham High School.

During high school Al enlisted in the United States Army. He served as a radio operator in earned the rank of sergeant.  He served under the leadership of General Mark Clark in the Italian campaign ending in Austria.  Al was the General’s personal radio operator aboard his command train.

Al co-owned Waban Shoe, along with his brother Gene, a family business established in 1926, and still in operation. Waban Shoe was featured in Boston Magazine and was several times named “Boston’s Best.”

He was a long-time member of the Framingham Heart Study and lived in his current home for 52 years.  He was well known to his neighbors for his friendliness and his landscaped yard which he worked on well into his 90’s.


In addition to his wife, Eleanor, Albert is survived by his three sons, Robert G. Sebastian and his wife, Robin, of Framingham, David P. Sebastian of Phoenix, and Albert C. Sebastian of Stamford. He is also survived by his brother, Richard Sebastian, and his wife Judy of Framingham. He leaves his sister-in-law Ann Sebastian of Chicopee, and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend his funeral mass on Tuesday, March 21, 10:30 a.m. at Saint Tarcisius Parish, Waverley Street in Framingham.  A burial will follow in the family plot at Saint Tarcisius Cemetery with military honors.  

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Albert’s memory may be made to the Framingham Heart Study or a charity of your choice.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Norton Funeral Home, 53 Beech St. Framingham.

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.