John J. Albero of Stamford, who has family in Darien, died Saturday, June 23, at Stamford Hospital surrounded by his family. He was 89.

Born Oct. 19, 1922, in Rockville Center, N.Y., he was the son of the late Philomena Molisse and Aniello Albero.

Mr. Albero attended Stamford Public Schools. He served with the U.S. Army, 45th Calvary Reconnaissance Troop during World War II. He received the Bronze Star Medal, Good Conduct Medal, the Victory Medal and the European African Middle Eastern Theater Campaign Ribbon with Bronze Service Arrowhead. He was discharged in 1945.

Before the war, Mr. Albero worked for the Yale & Towne. After the war, he went to refrigeration school in White Plains, N.Y., and then went to work for Pickwick Ice Cream as a field refrigeration technician until his retirement.

“He was an avid pinochle player and loved the New York Yankees and New York Giants,” his family said. “He also enjoyed horseracing. John was a devoted grandfather who never missed any event in his grandchildren's lives. He attended countless baseball, football, hockey, softball games and dance recitals. He was always there for encouragement.”

Mr. Albero was predeceased by his wife, Viola P. Albero. He is survived by three children, John A. Albero and his wife Pamela of Stamford, Cheryl Poltrack and her husband Frank of Stamford, and Debi Albee and her husband Richard of Plainville, Mass.; five grandchildren, three brothers, including Anthony Albero and Thomas Albero of Darien; and one sister, Madeline Roman of Darien.

Calling hours are Monday, July 2, 5-8,  at the Edward Lawrence Funeral Home, 2119 Post Road, Darien. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. John R.C. Church, 1986 Post Road, Darien, on Tuesday, July 3 at 10. Burial will be private.