Obituary of Alphonse J. Billitier
Smethport—Alphonse James Billitier, 101, of Bradford, formerly of Smethport, passed away peacefully, June 19, 2019, at Olean General Hospital, Olean, NY.
He was born in Hazel Hurst, PA, March 11, 1918, a son of Michael and Pietra Magnolia Billitier. On October 26, 1946, He married Stephana “Stella” Ann Infantino, who died on December 3, 2007.
Al graduated from Hazel Hurst High School class of 1937. He joined the Army in 1942 and served in four theaters of combat until 1945, earning four bronze stars, a sharp shooter’s badge, and a purple heart. He was in the 8th Infantry, 82nd Airborne, and the 13th Airborne-Gliders.
Al worked 35 years for Quaker State Refinery in Farmers Valley, retiring as a lab tech in 1981.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, four-wheeling and traveling with his wife, Stella. Al loved to tinker in his shop. His biggest project was a complete restoration of a 1948 CJ2A Willys Jeep.
Al was a member of St. Elizabeth Church, Smethport, the American Legion; Bucktail Post #138 of Smethport, was an Assistant Scout Master, and delivered Meals on Wheels for 20 years with his wife, Stella.
He is survived by one daughter, Maria Kingston of Erie, PA, one son, Michael Billitier of Meadville, PA, grandsons: Damian Kingston of Ohio and Aaron (Colleen) Kingston of Pittsburgh, and Great grandchildren: Arden Clair and Max, both of Pittsburgh, and a longtime family friend, Phil Kennedy, of Smethport.
In addition to his parents and wife, Al was preceded in death by a brother, Marion Billitier, and a sister, Lenora Allen.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, June 23, from 6-8 PM at the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., 2 Bank St., Smethport. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated on Monday, June 24, at 10 AM, at St. Elizabeth Church, Smethport, with the Rev. Thomas Brown as Celebrant. Committal will be in St. Elizabeth Cemetery, Smethport. Military Honors will be accorded by the American Legion; Bucktail Post #138 of Smethport.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be made at www.hartle-tarboxfuneralhomes.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Smethport.