Aldo E. Saggese
Age: 93 years
Aldo E. Saggese, Son of Angeline and Umberto Saggese, resident of Havertown, PA entered Eternal Life with his Savior peacefully on 10/1/2021 surrounded by his loving family. Aldo was preceded in death by his very beloved wife of 61 years, Gloria Saggese (nee DiPretoro) and son-in-law Todd Milne and is survived by his daughters, Regina Segars (Jeff) of Young Harris, GA and Patricia Adack (Paul) of Valley Forge, PA, his adoring grandchildren, Stephanie Milne, Paige Adack, Scott Milne and Spencer Milne and his niece, Marie Stephens (Mark) to cherish his precious memory.
Born in Philadelphia, PA, Aldo graduated from Southeast Catholic High School and then volunteered to join the US Armed Forces during WWII. He served with the 12th Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, Army of Occupation of Japan from 1946-1948 in the Tokyo area. Their mission was to secure central Japan post B-29 bombings during the last days of the war and to counter Communist pressure. He was part of the massive parade on the Emperor’s Palace Grounds, one of the largest military parades in American History. Then from 1948-1950 he served as a member of the Ready Reserves (Armor). Aldo was extremely proud of his service to his country.
Returning from the service, he graduated from Charles Morris Price School of Advertising and Journalism and completed classes at Temple University School of Journalism. Beginning as an apprentice typesetter for the historic George H. Buchannan Printing Company, he worked his way up to Vice President and Co-Owner before retiring. His devotion to the history and art of printing was passionate. He was a member of the Historic Philadelphia Club of Printing House Craftsmen (1968-1993), serving as Secretary Treasurer for the club and was selected as the “Man of the Year” in both 1976 and 1986.
Aldo was a WWI and WWII history scholar who, after his retirement from printing, served as a volunteer docent on the Battleship New Jersey (2001-2017). He was a part-time resident of Jensen Beach Florida where he volunteered at the US Naval Seal Museum (Fort Pierce, FL), the Elliot Museum and the Florida Oceanographic Coastal Museum (Stuart, FL). He served as a Judge of Elections in Havertown, PA for decades. He was a long-time member of St. Bernadette Roman Catholic Church (Drexel Hill, PA), the Knights of Columbus (K of C), the American Legion and the VFW.
Aldo was an avid reader always interested in learning something new, especially concerning American History. He was humble and generous beyond measure, and he quietly helped many, many people without expectation of any return. He was a great conversationalist, making people feel comfortable in his presence. He was honest to the core with a strong sense of morals and ethics. Family meant more to him than anything else. He loved his wife, Gloria, his daughters, grandchildren, and Havertown. He was the most amazing, selfless, irreplaceable father whose parting words were “when you have your family to hold, you have everything”. He will leave a hole that can never be filled.
In Lieu of Flowers, contributions may be made, in Aldo’s name, to the Battleship New Jersey Museum in Camden, NJ.
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