John ‘Nick’ L. Alberts of Reithoffer Shows passes at 61

By | October 8, 2018

SUN CITY CENTER, Fla. — John “Nick” L. Alberts, a longtime employee and truck driver with Reithoffer Shows of Gibsonton, passed away surrounded by friends and family on Oct. 2. He was 61.

Known for being a kind, spirited man who made friends easily and always left a smile on everyone’s face, Alberts was born Dec. 6, 1956, to Joseph and Betty (Jessup) Alberts in Baltimore, Md. At the age of 14 he dedicated himself to the carnival business, spending 47 years with Reithoffer Shows up until his last days.

Alberts loved to entertain friends, family, and strangers alike. He had an appreciation for fishing, playing cards and everything related to Harley-Davidson. On any given day, he could be found on one of his bikes, at a card table playing poker or on a boat trying to catch anything that was biting. He loved spending time with family, eating his favorite food (spaghetti) and showing his true Maryland side with his craving for Tastykakes.

Alberts is survived by children Jerry Condo, Nick Alberts, Jordan Alberts and Julie Alberts; and grandchildren Anthony Condo and Meadow Alberts. He also is survived by siblings Helen Thornhill, Larry Green, June Hitt, Joseph Alberts, Jr., Betty Kirby, Loretta Murray, Toni Nuccio, Charlene Clapper, Jeff Alberts and Doug Alberts.

A service for Alberts will be held at First Baptist Church of Riverview, located at 8626 US 301 in Riverview, on Oct. 12 at 1 p.m. A celebration of life will follow in the church’s Fellowship Hall.

In lieu of flowers, family and friends are asked to donate to the Outdoor Amusement Business Association’s (OABA) Duke Smith Memorial Scholarship Fund at 1035 S. Semoran Blvd., Ste. 1045, Winter Park, FL, 32792. (Donations should indicate “on behalf of Nick Alberts.”)