Benjamin "Ben" Alfano, 97, formerly a Rhode Islander for 50 years and until recently a Gainesville, VA resident passed away on May 29. He was the beloved husband of Alice (Buonacorsi) Alfano for 67 years. Born In Providence. RI, He was the son of the late Luigi and Frances (Mattera) Alfano. The loving father of his devoted son, Gary Alfano, Ben was the highly respected grandfather to Heather Alfano of Baton Rouge, LA, and Robert Alfano (wife Lauren and great-granddaughter, Alice Elizabeth) of Charlotte, NC.
He is survived by his brothers Mario and Joseph and was predeceased by his brothers, Antonio and John, and sisters, Sue Johnson and Esther Fucci.
Ben was employed by Blue Cross and Blue Shield, but his tenure of 33 years was interrupted when called to military service. He subsequently enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in World War II in 1943 and considered himself to have been “a fortunate 36-day survivor on Iwo Jima.” He returned to civilian life in 1946 and received various commendations for his military service. After he had returned to his employment at Blue Cross and Blue Shield, he served as Senior Vice President of the Rhode Island chapter before ultimately being recruited by the National Association of Blue Cross and Blue Shield as vice president of their Long Range Planning Division with a charter to develop a common system for all Blue Plans nationally. His tenure resulted in the development of a unique and sophisticated process that could accommodate any health insurance program regardless of size or complexity that was then in existence. Also, while employed as a Principal Consultant with a Fortune 100 company, he was extensively engaged in developing a successful Business Process Reengineering Methodology resulting in better than 80 clients. After retiring at the age of 77, he devoted most of his time to writing, including a text on U.S. Healthcare Reform entitled the “People’s Choice” that stresses a saving yield of 600 billion dollars annually. The second text he developed was in automating the Business Process Reengineering System that assures users that its Efficiency Scoring Methodology can improve anyone’s quality of work for perpetuity.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on July 23 at 10:00 AM in St. Pius V Catholic Church; 240 Eaton Street, Providence, RI. Burial with Military Honors will follow in St. Francis Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America in his beloved wife’s honor. Please share memories and condolences at www.WoodlawnGattone.com
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