Obituary of Albert Calemine
Albert Dominick “Scuff” Calemine, 81, of Morgantown, passed away peacefully after complications related to kidney disease, on May 22, 2017, at Mon General Hospital in the gentle embrace of his children.
He was born in Morgantown, on September 2, 1935, the only son of the late Larry and Vera Marie Calemine.
Albert was Catholic by faith and attended St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Star City. He grew up in the Greenmont section of Morgantown and was stand-out football player at Morgantown High School where he reportedly earned the nickname “Scuff” for his tough action on the gridiron. He attended WVU for a year before entering the US Army where he served as a Military Policeman, stationed primarily in Germany, though he had the opportunity to visit many countries in Europe, including Italy.
Albert worked for over 40 years in the coal industry. He was originally hired at Morgantown Machine and Hydraulics as a machinist; over time his skill and hard work earned him a promotion into a management position where he ran the repair shop. Later he worked in sales as a trouble shooter, servicing coal mines in West Virginia and surrounding states and repairing large equipment. He finished up his career at Swanson Plating in sales, and even worked there part time following his retirement.
Albert traveled extensively following his retirement; accompanying his family on many trips including; Hawaii multiple times with his son, Alaska, cruises to the Caribbean and, of course more locally, at Myrtle Beach. He enjoyed hunting, was an avid gardener and was known for the giant tomatoes known as, “Russian Pinks”, he grew for five decades with seeds he received as a gift from his good friend, Smith Fleming. Albert continued his work-outs at Mon General’s Cardiac Rehab for the decade following his bi-pass, which contributed to his good physical condition and enjoyed meeting buddies on Monday nights at “West Side” Westover Senior Center.
Scuff was well liked by all who knew him, much-loved by his family and will especially be missed by his granddaughter Dominique, whom he taught to count in Italian at an early age and had daily phone calls with on days they didn’t get to see each other.
He is survived by his two children Larry Joseph Calemine (Morgantown), Tricia Rose Calemine-Dolan and husband Sean (Mt Clare) and, the apple of his eye, his granddaughter, Dominique Rose Margaret Dolan.
In addition to his parents, Albert is preceded in death by his wife of 34 years, Margaret Ann (Parrotta) Calemine.
Friends and family will be received on Friday, May 26 at Hastings Funeral Home, 153 Spruce Street, from 2-4PM and again at 7PM with a scriptural wake service starting at 8:30PM to conclude the evening visitation. Visitation will continue on Saturday, May 27 at St. Mary Roman Catholic Church, 3334B University Avenue, at 10AM until the time of Mass of Christian Burial at 11AM with Father John V. DiBacco as celebrant. Interment will follow at East Oak Grove Cemetery.
Donations may be made in Albert’s memory to, St. Mary Roman Catholic Church, 3334B University Ave., Morgantown, WV 26505.