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“I am so sorry to just hear of the passing of Mr. Tigani. I had the pleasure of working with such a great man, even though he was very stubborn. He...Read More »
1 of 3 | Posted by: LATRICIA WATERS - Wilmington, DE

“I worked for Albie at Century Wine and Sprits from 1981 thru 1989 and will never forget his warm smile, hearty laugh and coffee with Remy VSOP every...Read More »
2 of 3 | Posted by: Patricia Sankus - Newark, DE

“Sorry to hear of Albie's passing. I'll always remember seeing him at family holiday gatherings. At Brooke Taylor's (his great grandchild) first...Read More »
3 of 3 | Posted by: Nancy Spraker - Marietta, GA


Albert J. Tigani, Sr. passed away peacefully on March 6, 2017 at the age of 95.

He was born in Wilmington, Delaware in 1921, son of the late Frank and Angelina Tigani.

"Albie" was a graduate of Wilmington Friends School and attended the University of Delaware where he was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. He left school early to join the Army in 1942 and served for three years during WWII.

In 1943, he married the love of his life, Elizabeth "Betty" Plummer. Albie and Betty enjoyed traveling with friends and spent many winters in Florida. They were members of the Wilmington Country Club and The John's Island Country Club in Vero Beach, Florida.

Albie and his brother, James, founded NKS Distributors in Wilmington and built the business into the largest beer and liquor distributorship in Delaware. He also served as a member of the board of Dixon Ticonderoga for many years. In retirement, Albie continued to work part-time at the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce until he was 88.

In addition to his parents, Albert was predeceased by his son Albert J. Tigani, Jr., his wife Betty, three brothers and his sister Carmella. He is survived by his loving daughter JoAnn Sears (Fred), his daughter-in-law Sarah Spraker Tigani; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. In his later years, he especially enjoyed visits from his great-grandchildren with "Old Pop Pop."

The family would like to express their sincere appreciation for the wonderful care provided Albert by his aides from Easter Seals, Pat, LaTricia, Denise and Kimberly, and the Christiana Care nursing team and doctors on the 4th floor in the Wilmington Hospital.

Funeral services and burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent in Albert's memory to Easter Seals of Delaware, 61 Corporate Circle, New Castle, DE 19720.