Alfred Laino

With his three children at his side, Alfred Laino of Norwood passed away on June 22. Born on May 11, 1923, he was the third of five children born to Joseph and Taitu Laino of Cliffside Park. After graduation from Cliffside Park High School he served in occupied Japan at the close of WWII where he was selected to attend radar repair school, and served again in Germany during the Korean Conflict where he showed his talent as a radar repair man.


Upon his return from service, he met the woman with whom he would share 64 happy years of married life. In 1953 he married Lucille Cattaneo, also of Cliffside Park. Al and Lucille had three children before the family moved to Norwood, NJ in 1964, where the couple lived until October 2017. Their remaining months were spent at Sunrise Senior Living in Cresskill, NJ.


After serving an apprenticeship at Alcoa in Edgewater, he worked for many years as a tool and die maker and finally as a model maker for a manufacturing firm. Possessed of both a keen insight into the motives of others and an instinctive skill for negotiations, his coworkers invariably made him their shop steward.


Alfred often spoke fondly of devotion to family, and held to the end his pride in his family, which he saw as his legacy created together with Lucille. Alfred was predeceased by his wife, Lucille, brothers Ralph and Julius Laino, and sister Nonnie Bolz. He is survived by his sister Rita Slevin, son Keith Laino and his wife Carol Priore Laino, daughters Kim Zipperle and her husband Carl, and Kathy Millstein and her husband Jeff, twelve grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. The family plans a private celebration of Alfred’s life in August.


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