Albert Louis Guy Mestieri,90, of Buzzards Bay formerly of Wareham, passed away at home with his loving family at his side on Saturday, January 11, 2020. Albert was the devoted husband of Joan (Gregory) Mestieri of Buzzards Bay. Albert was born in the Hyde Park section of Boston the son of the late Gaetano and Venusta (Bregoli) Mestieri.
He attended Wareham Public Schools and was a stone mason by trade owning and operating “Al Mestieri, Mason Contractor”.
In the late 1940’s, being too young for WWII and not eligible for the Korean Conflict he was a member of the Massachusetts State Guard also known as the Massachusetts State Defense Force, a force that would augment the Massachusetts State Guard if deployed. Al played catcher and center field for the Wareham Town Team, now known as the Wareham Gatemen, for 20 years from the age of 14. Recruited by the New York Yankees at the age of 18, he and his coach Steve Robbins made the trip to New York for the try out. New York liked his fielding and catching however, he did not make the cut. Despite not being signed, he was an avid and loyal New York Yankees fan his entire life. He was a duckpin bowler reaching New England’s Top ten. As a golfer he qualified for the Oldsmobile Scramble. He also coached and was President of Wareham Little league in the 70’s and later coached Pony League. He owned Al’s Sport Shop the first Sports Shop located in the Gallo Arena. He enjoyed fishing and hunting and was a 50-year member of the Wankinquoah Rod and Gun Club, The Cromesett Tribe of Redmen, and the Wareham Lodge of Elks.
He is survived by his children Deborah Mestieri-Pesta and her husband Joseph of Buzzards Bay, Guy A. Mestieri and his wife Debra of East Wareham and Thomas R. Mestieri and his wife Georgianna of Indian Mound Beach. He was the loving brother of Dorothy Flaherty of Wareham. He also cherished many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
He was the grandfather of the late Erik Pesta and brother of the late Lisio Mestieri, Theresa Niemi, Mary Morris, Clara Blanchard and R. Alice England. He was also predeceased 11 days prior by his “favorite nephew” Robert Niemi.
His funeral will be from the Wareham Village Funeral Home 5 Center Street Wareham, MA on Wednesday January 15th at 10:30 followed by his Funeral Mass of Christian Burial at 11 am in Saint Patrick’s Church 82 High Street Wareham, MA. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend. Visiting hours will be 8:30am to 10:30am prior to his funeral Mass. Burial will follow in the Saint Patrick’s Cemetery Tihonet, Rd. Wareham. To leave a message of condolence for the family please visit www.warehamvillagefuneralhome.com
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