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Albert E. Katzman
PORTSMOUTH - Albert E. Katzman,

86, of Portsmouth, RI, died the evening of Wednesday, October 12, 2011.
He was the loving husband of Shirley (Spader) Katzman. They had been married for 63 years.
Born in Providence, RI, he was the youngest child of the late Leib and Mamie (Factor) Katzman, and was the brother of the late Shirley (Katzman) Matzner.
Besides his wife, he leaves three children, Mark, Joan (Zenofsky) and Leonard, three grandchildren, Rachel, Lisa and Andrew, and two great-grandchildren, Sophie and Emily. He was the father-in-law of Joel Zenofsky and Jhodi Redlich, and also leaves many beloved nieces and nephews.
A graduate of Hope High School in Providence, Al joined the U.S. Army Air Corps and served as a Flight Engineer aboard B-17 and B-29 aircraft during WWII. After the war, Al went on to attend college, but his studies became interrupted by the sudden passing of his father. At that time Al opened a Western Auto appliance store on Connell Highway with his brother-in-law (the late Bill Matzner). Following that, he became a sales representative for the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company. With the help of family and friends, Al was then able to return to college, earning his Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1961. He worked at the U.S. Naval Undersea Systems Center for several years. Having become very skilled in the new area of software development, he went on to work for Raytheon at the Submarine Signal Division in Portsmouth, where he was the Director of the Scientific Computing Department. He retired from Raytheon, after working there over 30 years. While he enjoyed many accomplishments, his fondest times there were spent as an active member of the Raytheon Golf League. He was active in the community. He was a charter member of Temple Shalom. He enjoyed being a Weight Watchers lecturer for many years. He served a term as president of the B'nai B'rith Men's organization in Newport. He was a proud member of the Masons, whose ranks he joined in 1947 and eventually attained the high honor of 32nd degree.
He was happiest when surrounded by his family. When once asked where his favorite place in the world was, Al replied, "Wherever my wife, Shirley is." He was very loving and was very well loved. He had a tremendous wit and brought laughter to everyone he met.
His funeral will be held Sunday, October 16, at 12:30 p.m. at the Hoffman Jewish Memorial Chapel at 11 Fowler Avenue, Newport, with burial to follow in Beth Olam Cemetery, Wyatt Road, Middletown. Arrangements are by the Chevra Kadisha Association of Newport County.
For more information visit www.onhfh.com
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Albert E. Katzman may be sent to the Shriners Hospitals for Children at shrinershospitalsforchildren.org.

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