Albert Vaslet, founder and coach, July 2011
Senator Albert P. Vaslet, 85, died Sunday, at Philip Hulitar Hospice Center, Providence surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of his beloved Helen M. (Nixon) Vaslet to whom he had been married for over 51 years.
Born in Pawtucket, he was ason of the late Albert P and Lillian (Garlick) Vaslet and was a lifelong resident of the City.
Senator Vaslet proudly served as Yeoman First Class on the Admiral’s Staff in the US Navy in the Pacific Theater of WWII and received the Secretary of the Navy Commendation Ribbon. Following his service, he graduated from Fisher College in 1950. He worked in sales and became manager for the F.W. Woolworth Company. Later, he worked as a manufacturer’s representative concluding his extensive career with Training Thru Placement, Inc. of RI.
Senator Vaslet served in the RI General Assembly form 1972-1978 at which time he was Chairman of the Senate Labor Committee where he was a proud supporter of working men and women. He was extremely active in his community and provided tireless service to RI and to the City of Pawtucket. He was a coach and co-founder of the Pawtucket Slaterettes Girls’ Baseball League, a past President of the Curtis Elementary PTA and served as the school Santa with great delight. He was Chairman of the First District Committee of Pawtucket and a leader of the Darlington Civic Association, American Legion, LeFoyer Club, RI Conference of Parent and Teachers, Major Walter G. Gatchell Post VFW, Garfield Social Club, and PER Pawtucket Lodge of Elks Number 920. In addition to his civic dedication, he was committed to his Catholic faith and was an active and devoted member of Saint Leo the Great Parish for 52 years.
He is survived by his daughters, Madalyn “Pat” and her husband Jay Smith, Cheryle and her husband John F. McBurney, III, Kathleen Vaslet, and Valerie Girouard all of Pawtucket. He was the loving “Pappy” of his eleven cherished grandchildren, Bree Schebel, Brittany Vasquez, John F., and Joseph McBurney, Meghan Connelly, Michael, Patrick, Ellen, and Mackenzie McBurney, Shana and Erin Girouard, his great grandson Andrew Schebel and numerous nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Genieve, Mary and Francis Vaslet and Barbara Cabral.
He will be remembered fondly by his family and friends as a lifelong and diehard Yankee fan in a family of Red Sox fans, and for his warm smile, easy laugh and quick wit. He will be dearly missed.