Until a number of years ago, Al Rizzo was known in the Tri-Cities as "the man" one talked to about the food bank.
Well, "listened to" might be a better way to put it.
With a gravelly voice and a world of self-assurance, he kept the food banks going.
He tolerated a bit of advice from United Way of Benton and Franklin Counties, a principal financial backer of the food banks, but not a lot.
And in truth, his methods hardly could be improved on. Nobody got paid, including him. Everybody worked, including him.
He would hoist a 50-pound bag of beans as quickly as he would spend a busy half hour hustling up more food from generous grocers, farmers and individuals.
Because he always was busy, he had neither time nor patience for idle chatter or the occasional critic who thought hungry people ought to be made to work for their food.
He was a veteran, a former Hanford executive and was involved in many volunteer organizations where his leadership will be remembered for years to come.
But we mostly will remember him for his selfless giving of his time, his energy and, most of all, himself, to people who needed a little something to eat.
A Mass will be celebrated for Rizzo, who died at the age of 81, at 11 a.m. today at Christ the King Catholic Church in Richland.
Graveside service will follow at Einan's Funeral Home.