Richard Alliegro, of Northborough


obit-richard-alliegroNorthborough – Richard Alan Alliegro passed away Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016.

Dick was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. He was raised on long island by Emilia (Vitale) and J. George Alliegro and graduated from Malverne High School. He attended Kenyon College in Ohio and earned a Master’s degree in Ceramic Engineering from Alfred University. While in college, he was an avid sportsman and played football and lacrosse and earned the prestigious Blue Key for academic achievement. He served in the U.S. Navy and attained the rank of lieutenant.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Barbara (Harney) Alliegro; his children, Diane Albano and her husband Dennis Albano, Rick Alliegro, Deborah Hayes, Bob Alliegro and his wife Kellie Alliegro, James Alliegro and Terri Moretti, and Donna Franklin and her husband Andrew Franklin; and his grandchildren, Kathryn Hayes and her fiancé Thomas Thompson-Flores, Julianne Albano and her fiancé Dr. Nicholas Boschetti, Frank Alliegro, Molly Tuller, Jennifer Hayes, Brendan Tuller, and Emilia Alliegro. His beloved grandson, Michael Albano, passed away Aug. 21, 2016. He is also survived by his sister, Robin Cirino and her husband Edward, and his brother, George Alliegro.

Dick had a tremendous love of the outdoors, boating, fishing, camping with his family, golfing, and traveling. He loved spending time with his wife and family. He was a Boy Scout leader and was a third degree in the Knights of Columbus.

Dick had a long and esteemed career at Norton Company and developed 13 patents for the company. He retired as corporate vice president of the High-Performance Ceramics Division. He developed the first military ceramic armor used to protect personnel in helicopters and in ground forces. The armor was and is still used by the U.S. military. The armor system he invented saved countless lives in the Vietnam War and other conflicts since then.

He had overall responsibility for establishing a new igniter manufacturing facility located in Milford, N.H. This development was highly valuable for the appliance industry. He was also responsible for design and construction of Norton Company’s new advanced research facility in Northborough. Key examples developed through this venture were components for gas turbine engines and wear-resistant components for various types of machinery.

Dick was an active member of the American Ceramic Society for over 50 years and received various awards and recognitions.

His funeral Mass will be held Thursday, Dec. 1, at 10 a.m., at St. Bernadette’s Catholic Church, 266 Main St., Northborough. Burial with military honors will follow in Howard Street Cemetery. Calling hours will be held Wednesday, Nov. 30, from 4-7 p.m., at Hays Funeral Home, 56 Main St., Northborough.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Dick’s name to St. John’s Food for the Poor at or St. John’s Food for the Poor, 44 Temple St., Worcester, MA 01064.

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