Alan L. Marcolina, of York Maine, formerly of Waltham, died Friday, October 13, 2023. He was 77.
Alan was born in Cambridge on November 9, 1945 a son of the late Louis and Mary (Allen) Marcolina. He was raised and educated in Waltham and graduated from Waltham High School. Alan's strong sense of duty led him to join the United States Air Force at an early age, where he served honorably in Vietnam as an aircraft mechanic.
After completing his military service, Alan's acquired skills as an aircraft mechanic served him well in his career. He initially took a job in aviation maintenance before venturing out to start his own business. For many years, Alan was the owner-operator of Bear Hill Mobil on Main Street and Bear Hill Service on Green Street. Upon retiring from his business, he returned to work for the airlines and traveled extensively throughout the United States and Europe performing aircraft maintenance.
Alan had a remarkable talent for construction and mechanical work. He personally built two family homes, one in Acton, MA and one in Waltham. He was known for his hard work and dedication, and his number one priority was always making sure his family was provided for.
Alan's love story began when he met Kristine Santoro. They fell in love and were married in Our Lady's Church in Waltham. They settled in Waltham, where they started their family and enjoyed forty-four cherished years together before Kristine's passing in 2015.
In 2017, he made the move to York Maine, where he created a new life for himself alongside his faithful companion, his dog "Boe," aptly named for the airplane manufacturer. Alan found a welcoming community in York and developed strong friendships with a group of fellow dog owners who fondly call themselves The Doggies of Long Sands Beach. He especially loved having a home that could double as the vacation destination for his children and grandchildren.
In his free time, Alan had a passion for working on cars. He rebuilt his dream car, a 1966 Chevelle with painstaking attention to original detail. He decided a classic Corvette would be his next project. As excited as he was to cruise around with the windows down, Boe had an opposition to the two-seater, so he shifted his focus to his latest project, an antique Hot Rod.
In addition to his wife, Kristine M. (Santoro) Marcolina, Alan was also predeceased by his sister Mary Lou Scacciotti.
Alan is survived by his children, Ann Marie Palmer and her husband, Robert, of Dracut and Angela Marcolina and her husband, Christopher Lee, of Wilmington; he was the "Best Papa in the World" to his grandchildren; Sarah and Nathan, Benjamin and Addison. He also leaves his siblings, Gary Marcolina and his wife Ann Marie, of Waltham and his sister Judy Jackson and her husband George, of Georgia; his brother-in-law Frank Scacciotti, of Washington and many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends will honor and remember Alan's life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Tuesday, October 17th, from 4 to 7 p.m. and again at 9 a.m. on Wednesday morning before leaving in procession to Our Lady Comforter of the Afflicted Church, 880 Trapelo Road, Walthamwhere his Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Waltham.