Albert John Spataro (“Butch” to those who knew him from Pennsylvania) was born on April 5, 1957, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Albert Julius Spataro and Anna (Hric) Spataro. He died on Tuesday, March 1, 2022, in Owasso, Oklahoma at the age of 64 years. Al was raised and educated in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania and graduated with the Sto-Rox High School Class of 1975. He then moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma and attended the University of Tulsa on a football scholarship. Al married Lori Jo (Rossiter) Spataro in Tulsa on October 12, 1985. He was a member of St. Henry Catholic Church in Owasso for over 20 years. He spent most of his working life in ground operations with Southwest Airlines in Tulsa for 20 years. After retiring from Southwest Airlines, he started a second career in armed security, finally retiring in May 2019. With the birth of his granddaughter in May 2019, he took on a brand new role and one that he cherished – he took care of, played with, nurtured Remi from the time she was 8 weeks old. He was her “Papa”. In his spare time, he enjoyed a variety of past times such as working on various projects around the farm, flipping vehicles, the art of bartering, and sign collecting. He loved his family with all of his heart and he loved his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. As Remi informed us while pointing to the sky, “Papa has gone home”.
Those he leaves behind who hold many cherished memories include:
Anthony Spataro and wife Tabitha
Ashley Ann Spataro
Carson, Oliver, Remi, and one on the way
Chris Spataro and wife Louise
He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Anna.