1920 – March 2, 1980

We are all saddened, and shocked to learn of the passing of Al on Sunday, March 2, 1980. Many of us knew he was to enter the hospital for surgery, and quietly wished him well and a speedy recovery. Unfortunately, the sad outcome is not easy to accept for his family and friends.

Al joined our organization in 1976, but was no stranger to fire buffing. He had been with the Box 12 Association years before that, but has been interested in the fire service for some time. Al had other interests as well. He was a qualified amateur radio operator, and was interested in all types of radio communication. He was an amateur printer, and with the equipment in his basement, was always busy turning out some printed material. Al also printed up the envelopes used to send the Trumpet out to our varied subscribers, and was investigating the possibility of printing up our membership cards. Many members attended the funeral, which was held on Wednesday, March 5, 1980 with the burial at Mount Pleasant Cemetery. As well, members Dave Mollison, Gord MacBride, Brian Darnbrough, Fred Calder, Brian Norton and Ray Rasmussen formed a uniformed honour guard. We would like to take this opportunity to express our sincerest sympathies and condolences to his wife, Jessie, and three sons Keith, James and William.

As originally published in the GTMAA Trumpet