Dr. Albert Babb Piccard "Al" Cecchini, 57, of 13 Towner Ave., Jamestown, NY, passed away unexpectedly at 11:50 p.m. Thursday (June 20, 2013) in WCA Hospital.
A Jamestown resident since 1985, he was born Sept. 30, 1955, in Plainfield, N.J., a son of Babette Kaiser Cecchini and the late Albert L. Cecchini.
He was a 1973 graduate of Warren Area High School, where he earned several college credits while in high school. From 1973-1975, he earned two four-year bachelor's degrees with honors from the University of Pittsburgh and also attended the Medical College of Pennsylvania. Al also graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with three master's degrees and earned his Ph.D. in Bioengineering.
Al was currently the President and owner of Libera, Inc, a case management and information management software com-pany he founded in 1987 in Jamestown, N.Y. He has had several articles published in the Journal of Theoretical Biology for which there have been re-quests for republication from all over the world. He also was instrumental in securing 17 patents, one of which was sold to the Microsoft Corporation, and currently has 20 patents pending.
He will be remembered as a loving and caring son, friend, and devoted dad. He was a very generous and kind-hearted man who had both technique and talent in his business and personal life. He will also be remembered as a smart, wise and very caring boss by his Libera family.
Al was a gifted singer, possessing a magnificent tenor voice. While in college he sang in the University of Pittsburgh Men's Glee Club. In past years he was a member of the Chautauqua Chamber Singers, sang in the choir for the Trinity Episcopal Church in Warren, Pa., and also sang in the Living Christ-mas Tree at First Covenant Church. In earlier years he was a coach for his sons in the YMCA Basketball Program.
Surviving are his mother, ''Babs'' Cecchini of Warren, Pa.; a daughter, Lauren Babette Cecchini of Boston, Mass.; two sons, Benjamin Albert Cecchini of Atlanta, Ga., and Adam David Piccard Cecchini of Jamestown, N.Y.; a step-daughter, Meghan Lisa Morris of Chicago, Ill.; two sincere friends, Dr. Lyndon Gritters and Dr. Patric McPoland; his best friend and other half, Stephanie Hobson; and members of the Libera family and associates.
He was preceded in death by his father, Albert L. Cecchini; by his grandparents as well as several loving aunts and uncles.
The funeral was held at 11 a.m. Monday, June 24, 2013, in the Lind Funeral Home. The Rev. Donald E. Ray will officiate. Burial was in the Pine Grove Cemetery, Russell, Pa., next to his Dad in the family plot. Following the service, a reception in his honor was held at the Holiday Inn in Warren, Pa.
The family were receive friends from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the YMCA Basketball Program or to the Jamestown High School Basketball Boosters Club.
Al will lovingly be remembered by all who knew him. He was a very special man.
You may light a candle in remembrance of Al at www.lindfunerlhome.com.