Albert L. Ferrazza, 91, died June 1, 2021.

Born June 22, 1929, in Providence, R.I, he was the son of Guiseppe and Letizia (Antelmi) Ferrazza.

As a youth, he enjoyed playing with his five brothers and sisters, and putting on carnivals and live shows in his parents’ backyard at 70 Ashton St. He also was a Boy Scout who fished, swam and visited the Boys Club.

He liked to tell stories, and remembered being released from school during the Hurricane of 1938. He recalled holding onto a lamppost while being lifted off the ground by high winds during the deadly storm. He was just 9 years old and was rescued by a neighbor.

At Hope High School, he pursued the study of horticulture, tending grapevines in a rooftop greenhouse. He left school in the 11th grade to work with his father in the Lorraine Manufacturing Co. textile mill in Pawtucket, R.I. His older brothers were serving in WWII, but he was too young to enlist. He spent five years at the mill, and made fabric during wartime.

He served three years in the National Guard, and volunteered for overseas duty when the Korean War broke out and his unit was federalized. He was transferred to the First Army Infantry Division, but never went overseas. He was a corporal in the message center at Camp Pickett in Blackstone, Va. He drove a Jeep in the motor pool and operated a decoding machine.

He later joined the Providence Police Department as a police officer. He started out walking a beat where he made many friends. He retired after 15 years of service.

After moving to Maine in the 1970s, he worked as a house painter in Newburgh. He enjoyed selling cultivated raspberries in the summertime, and ran an antiques business in his barn. He had a loyal following of customers and friends from miles around.

Around 1980, he moved to Stockton Springs and renovated a sea captain’s house on Main Street. He opened a family-style restaurant called Al’s Italian Kitchen. It was his dream to run a restaurant, and there was a working player piano in the dining room for entertainment.

He was a lifelong fisherman and storyteller, who loved to exaggerate, eat good food and spend time with his family. A hopeless romantic, he enjoyed gambling, playing the harmonica and inventing useful items.

Handsome and full of fun, he liked to play checkers with his grandchildren, act as an amateur food critic, and use detective work to solve mundane mysteries in his everyday life. He made it a priority to remember the birthdays of his children and grandchildren right up until his death.

He is survived by daughters Janice Iannetta of Providence, Kristine Harriman of Waldoboro, Tina Rantala of Spruce Head and Diane Ryder of Morrill; sons Michael Ferrazza of West Greenwich, R.I., and David Ferrazza of Rockport, and sisters Angelina Cannao of North Providence, R.I., and Anna Gannon of Warwick, R.I. He leaves behind eight grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his parents; wife Gloria (DiLorenzo) Ferrazza; son Richard Ferrazza; brothers Nicholas and Cosmo Ferrazza and sister Mary Sciotto.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held June 4 at St. Ann Church in Providence, followed by burial at St. Francis Cemetery, Pawtucket, R.I.