Roland T. Albert passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2012, in Wynnewood, Pa.
He was born on Oct. 19, 1925, in New Orleans, La.
He was the son of Thomas Albert and Louise Robinson, also of New Orleans, La. He attended McDonogh 35 College Preparatory High School. Roland was enlisted in the United States Army where he served as a typist. He was stationed at Saipan and the Eniwetok Islands. He was discharged from the Army, having attained the rank of Corporal in January 1946 and later enrolled in Xavier University in New Orleans.
Roland married his high-school sweetheart, Ruby T. Cheval, and moved to Philadelphia in 1954. This union produced seven children.
After arriving in Philadelphia, Roland held several positions as a laborer. Most notably, he was employed as a stationary engineer for Alan Wood Steel and Bethlehem Steel. Further employment also included twenty years with the Philadelphia Parking Authority, until his retirement at age 82.
Roland enjoyed and believed in God, his family and working to provide for them. Roland had several interests. He enjoyed keeping up with the latest medical advances for human health. He also found pleasure in watching documentaries and dramas about war history and nature and science programs. He was also an avid music listener. At 86 years of age, Roland had maintained his mental abilities. He could discuss in detail news and happenings in the country and around the world. Roland was a recent resident of a local nursing home and was personable to all. He liked to engage in light banter with the staff and other residents.
Roland was a gracious and dignified man who was the light of his children’s eyes.
Roland is survived by his sister, Louise Perry; daughters Roslyn (Seth) and Lois (Lorine); and sons, Raymond (Theresa), Donald Sr. (Terri) and Scot (Vicki). Roland was preceded in death by Ruby, his wife of 65 years, daughter, Sheila (Bruce) and first-born son, Roland Jr. (Felicidad). He also leaves to mourn several nephews and a niece, as well as grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Roland’s interest in the advancement of medicine led to his request that his body be donated to science. In lieu of flowers, all tokens of sympathy may be sent to the Jefferson Foundation, 925 Chestnut Street, Suite 110 Philadelphia, Pa. 19107.
A graveside memorial service has been planned for 12 p.m. at Fernwood Cemetery, Fernwood Pa., on Saturday October 20, 2012.