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UniFirst Announces Passing of Aldo A. Croatti, Chairman of the Board.



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WILMINGTON, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 5, 2001

UniFirst Corporation (NYSE NYSE

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:UNF UNF University of North Florida
UNF Unfinished
UNF Ungdommens Naturvidenskabelige Forening (Denmark)
UNF United Nations Foundation
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UNF Unified National Fine
) today announced that Aldo A. Croatti, Chairman of the Board, died on October 4, 2001. He was 83.

Mr. Croatti was born in Beverly, Massachusetts Beverly is a city in Essex County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 39,862 at the 2000 census. A resort, residential and manufacturing community, Beverly includes Beverly Farms and Prides Crossing.  on December 2, 1917 of immigrant parents who came to America from northern Italy in 1911. He was the youngest of six children, and at the age of six, his family moved to Boston where he attended public schools and graduated from high school in 1936.

Although offered a football scholarship to Boston University, Aldo instead went to work in the tile business with his brothers. When asked why he did not attend college, he would say, "in those days work was considered more important". His mother, an ambitious but uneducated woman, was his role model. During Prohibition, she took in boarders to make ends meet. Between her large family and the boarders she labored almost around the clock. She died at age 50 due to what Aldo simply called "overwork overwork

the condition produced by working a draft animal or working dog, an eventing or endurance horse too hard. See also exhaustion.
". Her lessons of hard work stuck.

Aldo became one of the founders of a small cleaning business in the early 40's. It was a tiny business which cleaned coveralls for Boston workers in high-soil, manufacturing and service jobs and he joined three other partners already struggling to make it successful. His influence was immediate and far-reaching bringing a culture of quality and dedication to the customer.

The little business he joined when it was still occupying space in a converted Boston horse-barn, is little no longer. He made sure of that by adding a second location in Springfield, Massachusetts, building a plant in Dorchester, acquiring another plant in Portland, Maine, establishing a terminal in Albany, New York For other uses, see Albany.
Albany is the capital of the State of New York and the county seat of Albany County. Albany lies 136 miles (219 km) north of New York City, and slightly to the south of the juncture of the Mohawk and Hudson Rivers.
, and others in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and Bangor, Maine. Through a combination of internal expansion and acquisition, he pushed his business west and south, sweeping down the Atlantic coast from the northeast, across the gulf states into Texas, and finally up the Pacific coast. Today, UniFirst employs 7,500 team partners who serve well over 100,000 customer locations in 45 states, Canada and Europe. It is now a half-billion dollar New York Stock Exchange New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)

World's largest marketplace for securities. The exchange began as an informal meeting of 24 men in 1792 on what is now Wall Street in New York City.
 Company, and a respected leader in the uniform services industry.

In recognition of his major contributions to his Company's and his industry's success, Aldo Croatti was presented with the "Gus Eggerling Award", emblematic of lifetime achievement by a member of the Uniform and Textile Services Association, in 1993. Also, Inc. Magazine, Ernst & Young and Merrill Lynch named Mr. Croatti a "1994 Entrepreneur of the Year". A supporter of numerous charities, he was a major contributor to Massachusetts General Hospital Massachusetts General Hospital Health care The major teaching hospital for Harvard Medical School, widely regarded as one of the best health care centers in the world  and a sustaining member of the Lahey Clinic Foundation. He was Man of the Year of the Don Orione Home in 1994.

Aldo, himself, summed it up best when he said "What I've accomplished has happened only because of an ever-supportive family, my loving wife and children, who have always had faith that I'd do the right thing." Aldo is survived by his wife Marie, four children, Ronald Croatti of Londonderry, New Hampshire Londonderry, New Hampshire is a town located in the western part of Rockingham County, New Hampshire, USA. The town is bordered on the north by Manchester, New Hampshire and on the east by Derry, New Hampshire. The population was 23,236 at the 2000 census. , Cynthia Croatti of Beverly, Mass, Mona Levenstein of Hamilton, Ontario and Frederick Croatti of Daytona Beach, Florida “Daytona” redirects here. For other uses, see Daytona (disambiguation).

Daytona Beach is a city in Volusia County, Florida, USA. According to 2006 U.S. Census Bureau estimates, the city has a population of 64,421.
. He also has eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
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