NAPL Mourns the Loss of Charles A. “Chuck” Alessandrini

By Epicomm
In September 26, 2013

NAPL Mourns the Loss of Charles A. “Chuck” Alessandrini

 The NAPL family lost a true friend and outstanding leader yesterday when Charles A. “Chuck” Alessandrini died at the age of 77. He was a Chuckman universally admired and fondly remembered by all who had the pleasure of working with him as a member of the association or its staff.

Chuck served as the fifth President of NAPL, from 1982 to 1991, the culmination of a career with the association that began in 1966 as a member of the Cost and Finance Department, where he was a driving force in the creation of NAPL’s signature Blue Book Cost Studies.

He was named Executive Vice President in 1980 and President two years later. Under his close personal supervision, NAPL’s Carl Didde WorkPLACE™ basic skills program was created and became a landmark of job-specific industrial training. He also oversaw the creation of NAPL’s Management Institute™ executive leadership educational initiative.

In the NAPL history, Pioneers to Leaders,” his successor as NAPL President, I. Gregg Van Wert, wrote that “Alessandrini’s presidency forged great accomplishments that redefined NAPL’s reputation and purpose,” noting that “few people in the printing industry have been as well placed to assist training and education” and “no one made better use of the opportunity to advance an industry in need of help.”

During his career, Chuck served also served as a lecturer, consultant, and industry spokesman. He was also a talented author―co-writing with Van Wert the industry financial manual, Beyond the Bottom Line―and a respected adjunct professor at his alma mater, Fairleigh Dickinson University.

In 1992, he was recognized for his exceptional service with one of the industry’s highest honors, the NAPL Walter E. Soderstrom Award.

In addition to listing Chuck’s achievements, Van Wert also wrote in Pioneers to Leaders of his “gentle good nature and cooperative team spirit,” pointing out that it was more than his considerable talents “that motivated people to respond so well to NAPL’s popular president. It was also his personal warmth and easy smile that energized NAPL’s headquarters and the staff of professionals he so capably led.”

During the years that followed Chuck’s retirement, those staff members remembered him fondly as fair, friendly, and down to earth, and spoke often of the way his caring leadership helped make NAPL “a family” that was dedicated to helping the association’s members and taking care of each other in every way possible.

After leaving NAPL, Chuck founded the popular Elmwood Barn Restaurant in Elmwood Park, N.J., which he ran for 15 years. During that time, the many members of his former staff who stopped by to visit and chat with him were always warmly welcomed.

“As president of NAPL,” wrote Van Wert, “Charles A. Alessandrini was indeed one of the printing industry’s most visionary leaders, and one of its truly happy warriors.”

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Friends may express their condolences to Chuck’s family on Friday, Sept. 27, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Aloia Funeral Home, 180 Harrison Avenue, Garfield, N.J. (973-340-7077). A funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, Sept. 28, at 9 a.m. at Our Lady of Mount Virgin Church, 188 MacArthur Avenue, Garfield. Written remembrances may also be posted on the online guest book at www.aloiafuneral.com. Condolences may also be sent to Chuck’s daughter, Susan Lanzarone,  147 Hope Road, Great Meadows, NJ, 07835. At the family’s request, any donations may be made to Our Lady of Mount Virgin Church.

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