In Loving Memory of John L. Altieri

May 07, 1926
Rutherfordton, NC
April 08, 2020
Key Largo, FL
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Spear-Miller Funeral Home

39 South Benson Road,
Fairfield CT US 06824


A Memorial Mass will be held at a later date at St. Pius X Church, Fairfield


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John L. Altieri

John L. Altieri of Key Largo, Florida died on April 8th. He was 93.
He was born in Rutherfordton, North Carolina in May 1926, one of five children of Annie Pearl (Gaffney) and Louis J. Altieri.
After graduating from St. Peters High School on Staten Island in 1943, he joined the Navy and was assigned to a Naval engineering program at Columbia University. In 1945, weeks prior to his deployment on a Pacific bound destroyer, he married the love of his life, Eileen Mary Rudden.
John graduated from the George Washington University School of Engineering in 1948. His early career began at Voorhees Walker in New York City.
In 1959 John started his own Mechanical and Electrical Engineering firm in Norwalk, Connecticut, now Altieri Sebor Weiber LLC. The firm was selected by world class architects to design systems for theatres, museums, concert halls and aquariums on four continents including the Getty, Guggenheim and Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Osaka Aquarium and the Yale Whale. His clients included Pritzker Laureates Philip Johnson, Kevin Roche, I.M. Pei, Richard Meier; AIA Gold Medal honorees Marcel Breuer, César Pelli, James Stewart Polshek, Robert Venturi; and other greats including John Dinkeloo, Warren Platner, Charles Gwathmey, Robert A.M. Stern and Michael Graves. He was a mentor who created a culture of excellence and teamwork in his firm.
John was a visiting professor at the Yale School of Architecture for more than 20 years and in 1986 he was elected a Fellow of ASHRAE.
He retired in 1994 but never stopped donating his engineering and construction skills to his Parishes, Clubs, Malta House and Habitat for Humanity, where he served as a director.
John was widely regarded as an expert problem solver, often devising solutions by fostering community, and encouraging and empowering others. He recognized the need to assist those caring for others until the day of his passing and co-created the Forget-Me-Nots, support groups of family and paid caregivers.
John was an active parishioner at St. Pius X and St. Justin Martyr and a member of The Patterson Club and the Ocean Reef Club.
He was predeceased by his cherished wife of sixty-five years, Eileen Mary, his infant son, Joseph, sisters Rosemary Champlin, Nancy Attenhofer, brother Gerard Altieri and daughter-in-law Maudie Altieri.
He is survived by his sons John and Peter (Sandra), grandchildren Christopher (Ester), Sheila, Kieran (Sara), Kevin (Tracey), Matthew (Alice), Anne, Brianna (Ryan) and John Shelton, and great grandchildren Mikaylah, Calyb, Joseph, Peter, Rachel, Eleanora, Eva, Mabel, John Anthony, Cora, Henry and Beatrice and by his brother Joseph Preston Altier, cousin Gerardo Carlo Altieri and many nieces, nephews and greats.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Pius X Parish in Fairfield at a date to be announced.

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14 Guestbook Entries for John L. Altieri

  1. I am so sad !!! I’ve been trying to get ahold of some family members to try to visit them cuz it’s been too long since we’ve had a family reunion!!! I’m retired now and overdue for getting together with family!!! Our reunions hold a special place in my heart!!! Let’s just do it sometime- I’m willing to help on a committee or whatever!! John and Eileen were the BEST!! I remember she spoke at a reunion and told us all that we always had to headed in the same direction as our spouse to keep a beautiful marriage alive like theirs!! I’ve lived by that and am still on my first and only marriage of 31 years!! I thank Eileen for that!!! I also visited them in NJ ONE tome and they were so kind and wonderful to be with!! I always cherish that visit!!! I also saw him on the way to Key West once and we had a fantastic time!!! I’m so happy I’m a cousin and wish we could’ve all been raised at Rosemont too!!! What fun they all had!!!please inform me when his celebration of life is cuz I’ll be there!! Until then keep social distancing cousins!! Love y’all and god bless the whole family!! Love y’all forever!! Please keep me in the loop!!!! Love love love kindness kindness kindness forever!!

  2. Uncle John will so be missed by so many. He was such a dear man with a gentleness surrounding his ever being. He was so smart and kind I will miss him dearly. Rest In Peace Uncle John

  3. I’m sorry to hear of this family loss. I’ve met Uncle John several times in my life, but not much in my adult life. I’ve remained on his mailing list over the years, and have always been pleased to receive a greeting card from him each year. I have a fondness for my Altieri side of the family as I was very close with my Grandmother Nancy (“Granan”) and Uncle Joe (whom my youngest is named after). Recently, during this COVID-19, I’ve been re-reading my Grandmother’s book, Rosemont. It’s been fantastic learning more about their upbringing in NY, and my family connection to the Big Apple and Italy. It’s so interesting to read the book again now during this time of self isolation; during a time of a more simplified life and when there is actual time for reflection. I’m very interested to keep my ties with the Altieri family as I have always greatly admired my Grandmother and her siblings. If you will please, can you keep me in the loop on Uncle John’s memorial as it comes to fruition? I would like to make it a point to attend and reacquaint myself with the Altieri family. In the meantime, I’m thinking of John’s immediate family and my dear cousins in CT. See you soon! (I hope.)

  4. uncle John’s mechanical engineering firm designed the HVAC system in the rock ‘n’ roll Hall of Fame. Thus, he along with several other senior partners of the various entities involved with the planning, designing, and building of the HOF were invited to its grand opening. I remember him describing that auspicious evening to me. “ so there we were, your aunt Eileen and I, in the very front row sitting right next to Yoko Ono! “ I chuckled “ uncle John – I wouldn’t have guessed that you would even know who Yoko Ono is !” He replied “ are you kidding me? She’s closer to my age than yours! “
    So long ,pal. The rock ‘n’ roll hall of fame is so cool ( literally as well as figuratively ) because of you.

  5. Dear Peter and family.
    So very sorry to hear of your dads passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    With our sincere sympathy, John And Donna Colavito

  6. John and Family: From the obituary and what Christopher has written online, it sounds like your Father / Papa was a great man. How blessed you are to have so many memories of his years on this earth. My deepest sympathy. Rebecca Herr

  7. He will continue to be an inspiration to us all. Very generous.A wonderful friend & brother-in-law to my parents. God bless uncle.

  8. A wonderful teacher, partner, and friend for 42 years. A rare generous, selfless, and caring man in a troubled world. I will miss him.

  9. If his grandson Christopher is a testament to the sort of person he was, then Mr. Alrieri must have been a he’ll of a man. God rest his good soul and comfort his sorrowing family.

  10. A wonderful man who graced the world with his love and kindness, our thoughts and prayers to all his Family🙏