Albert Leo Massoni, born December 8, 1942, in San Francisco, California, died suddenly at his home on February 23, 2021, in Chestertown, MD, where he lived with his wife, Carla Wilcox McWilliams Massoni, of fifty-one years.
Al was a loving husband and equal partner in all aspects of his shared life with Carla. He was an unequaled father who adored and cherished his children. As a grandfather, he doted on his grandchildren. With his friends, he often traveled, shared a meal, or enjoyed playing bocce – all the while engaged in meaningful conversations and hearty laughter. He was charming with a quick and lovely smile.
A consummate host, he relished bringing people together in celebration. Al was brilliant in the kitchen, regardless of whether it was a simple dinner or a holiday affair. He had impeccable taste in art and friends and was intelligent, passionate, and exceptionally considerate with those he loved. Equally private and reserved – to be in his inner circle was to be bathed in his love, concern, and attention. Al loved the home he built with Carla and the time he spent with his family and friends. He was among the finest of men, and his loss is profound.
From the countless hours dedicated to his children to his career as a public policy advocate in Washington, DC, he championed education at all levels. As an international consultant, he focused on environmental policy and sustainability. He led his company’s four-year U.S. Agency for International Development project in Jamaica that crafted critical environmental policies and legislation for the country to protect air and water quality and create a system of national parks and reserves.
He was instrumental in the early development of Washington College’s Center for Environment & Society, and most recently worked as a consultant with The RNA Institute College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Albany, SUNY. His volunteer work for the Sultana Education Foundation from its inception to his current work as the incoming Chair of the Lawrence Wetlands Preserve Task Force brought him immense joy. A man of great integrity, Al was deeply devoted to social and humanitarian causes. His curriculum vitae tells the story of an engaged citizen, someone who strove for equity and who passionately pursued causes he cared about. His was a career path of “ands”, never resting, never a challenge he didn’t take on.
His life with Carla and their family was one of deep love. They shared many adventures and Al was always planning for more. He loved to travel, and valued time spent with his family above all else. He was thoughtful, caring, and continuously learning; curious about the world and his loved ones and what they valued. Al built a beautiful life for himself and his family; a beautiful and thoughtful life that was cut too short.
Al is survived by his wife Carla, his children Anne, David and Stephen, his grandchildren Luca and Olive, daughter-in-laws Marianna and Rachel, his siblings Michael and Paula, countless nieces and nephews, as well as the close friends he considered family.
A celebration of Al’s life will be held at a future time. Arrangements by Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, P.A.
In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer a donation be made in Al’s name to the Sultana Education Foundation’s Lawrence Preserve Project (sultanaeducation.org).
Services will be held privately.