Niagara Gazette

February 3, 2014

Albert Leon Condino

Niagara Gazette

NIAGARA FALLS — Husband, father, Dean of Hospital Administration, Western New York (WNY) has lost one of its favorite sons after a long battle with illness. Mr. Albert Leon Condino sorely will be missed by his family, loved ones, colleagues and former employees in the health care field.

Born July 18, 1929 in Niagara Falls, NY to the late James and Rose (Venturelli) Condino, Mr. Albert Condino (Albert) was only 17 years old when he joined the Army branch of the military.  Leaving the Army, Albert attended Michigan State University on a GI BILL, graduating with honors, then moving on to law school in Cleveland, OH.  But after one year in law school, a chance conversation with a family friend about health care would change the course of his career and begin a lifelong devotion to the betterment of his fellowmen in the health care industry. Albert switched career paths from law and completed a Masters of Arts in Health Care Administration at the University of Toronto, following-up with a           Fellowship in Health Care, making him one of the only health care fellows in the nation during the 1960s-1990s.

President and chief executive officer (CEO) of Our Lady of Victory Hospital in Lackawanna, NY for 28 years, Albert also was the chairman of the boards of directors of the Western New York Care Network and the WNY Long Term Care Company, a member of the Board of Directors of the Western New York Hospital Association and president of the Arterial Inc.

In 1994, Albert was the recipient of The Catholic Health Leadership Award, given annually to an outstanding health leader who demonstrates a record of excellence, quality, compassion and commitment to public service and the Catholic health ministry. Recognizing his pioneering spirit in health care, Our Lady of Victory Hospital honored Albert in 1996 by officially dedicating its Head Trauma Rehabilitation Unit in his honor, a site he initiated for the ongoing research and advancement in the field of brain injury. An additional accolade, he received a papal award for his selfless service to others in health care through the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo from Pope John Paul II.

In what little spare time he had, Albert spent time with his family, liked to follow sports, golfed occasionally, and enjoyed studying American and World history. He is survived by his adoring wife of over 50 years, Nadia (nee Dell-Arsina) of Grand Island, NY; and daughters, Dr. Dalinda A. Condino, M.D. of Grand Island, NY, Dr. Loretta A. Condino-Grupp, Ph.D. (Christopher P. Grupp) of Seattle, WA, Mrs. Marisa P. D'Addario (Joseph) of Grand Island, NY, Dr. Adria A. Condino, D.O. (Russell Schroeder) of Tampa, FL, and welcomed into the waiting arms of his beloved late son, Mr. Dean A. Condino, J.D. He also is survived by eight grandchildren, Albert Grupp, Sophia Grupp, Natalie Grupp, Gabriel D'Addario, Gianna       D'Addario, Isabella Schroeder, Dean Schroeder and Samuel Schroeder. Albert also is survived by his three brothers, Joseph (Sue) Condino, James (Judy) Condino and Richard (Darlene) Condino; and multiple nieces, nephews and cousins.

Visitation will be on Thursday, February 6th from 2-4 & 6-8 PM at the M.J. COLUCCI & SON NIAGARA FUNERAL CHAPEL, 2730 Military Road, Niagara Falls, NY, with a Mass of Christian Burial, Friday, February 7th, at 9:15 AM. in Our Lady of Victoria Basilica, 767 Ridge Road, Buffalo, NY. EVERYONE PLEASE ASSEMBLE AT CHURCH. Entombment with military honors in St. Joseph Cemetery, Niagara Falls, NY. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Elm & Carlton Streets, Buffalo, NY 14263.

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