Alfred J. Marini, 86

Businessman, veteran

June 28, 2007

Alfred Joseph Marini, a retired Havre de Grace businessman who was active in civic affairs, died Saturday of heart failure at Harford Memorial Hospital. He was 86.

Born in Trenton, N.J., Mr. Marini was raised in Elkton where he attended high school.

During World War II, he served with the Army's 6th Field Artillery, the American merchant marine, and finally, with the Coast Guard, from which he was honorably discharged at war's end.

"He was a self-made man," said his daughter, Mary Marini Dougherty of Havre de Grace.

For many years, he owned and operated Al's Firestone, a home and auto supply business in Havre de Grace. After closing the business in the 1970s, he established A & J Travel in 1977, which is still owned and operated by his daughter.

He was active in many civic and service organizations in Havre de Grace, where he had lived for more than 60 years.

He was a past chairman of the Havre de Grace Fourth of July committee, and was a member of Elks Club No. 1564, and the Havre de Grace Rotary. He was president of the Friends of Concord Point Lighthouse Inc., and a member of the Havre de Grace Tourism Commission. He also served on the Havre de Grace Chamber of Commerce.

He was a lifetime member of Havre de Grace Decoy Museum, Susquehanna Museum of Havre de Grace at the Lockhouse, and Friends of Roger's Tavern, a historic tavern, in Perryville.

Mr. Marini was a member of the Sons of Italy, St. Francis Xavier Assembly and the Knights of Columbus.

He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars and was recognized by the organization for his more than 1,000 volunteer hours at Perry Point VA Medical Center in Perryville.

In 1995, the Harford County executive and County Council designated Mr. Marini a Harford Living Treasure.

He was a communicant of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Havre de Grace, where a Mass of Christian burial was offered Tuesday.

Also surviving are his wife of 66 years, the former Giovanna Janie Bucchi; a half-brother, Angelo Vannozzi of Havre de Grace; a sister, Angie Gardina of Pompano Beach, Fla.; and two grandchildren.

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