Albert J. Catalano, age 80, died on Monday, July 29, 2019 in his home next to his loving wife Joy, his son Jody, and his sister Carley. He was born in New Orleans, LA to Anthony and Ethel Catalano and was the oldest of 3 children. Jay, the name he was was known by, served in the US Navy as as young man. Shortly after being honorably discharged and settling in New Orleans, he met Joycelyn Chastant on a blind date. As he put it, “the rest was history”. Jay married Joy on September 14, 1963. They spent a wonderful 55 years together until his passing on Monday.
Jay was a crafty, do-it-yourself type of man. That lead him to start his own company, Catalano’s Duct Works. Jay found a way to fix as much as he could, both at home and at work, himself. His hobbies included projects around his home such as his birdhouses that he was proud of. Jay enjoyed watching professional golf, the New Orleans Saints play, classic movies, and he enjoyed 50’s music by his desk throughout the day. When he was younger and more able, he enjoyed family gatherings and time with Joy.
In regard to Jay’s character, I can say this - he was the best man that I have ever met and known; he was the best dad that I could have hoped for.
Jay was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his loving wife, Joy, his devoted son Jody (Scotti), his sisters Carley and Pat (Larry), his sister-in-law Jackie (Johnny, Sr), nieces, nephews, and host of long-time friends.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend the visitation at Greenwood Funeral Home, 5200 Canal Blvd, New Orleans, on Saturday, August 3, 2019, starting at 9:00 AM, followed by a Funeral Service in the chapel at 11:00 AM. Burial in Greenwood Cemetery.