To Al's Children Melissa, Jennifer, Maria & Al and siblings Dr. Joe, Debbie & Francine my sincerest condolences on Al sr's passing. I grew up & went to school with Al having lived one house away from the Bax family on Porter Rd. I have many fond memories of my time with Al riding our mini-bikes around the neighborhood & golf course. Then as we got older graduating to cars. Al with his 67 GTO & me with my 69 Mustang & Jim Morganti with his 65 convertible Mustang we'd street race late nights with all the other car heads & help each other when our cars broke. I have many fond memories of the three of us hanging around doing what teenagers & young adults did! Al was always fun to be with & the memories will never fade. As we got older & developed our separate lives we lost tract of each other but I saw Al last year at David's car dealership. That was the first time I saw him in many, many years. We talked for almost an hour reminissing about the old days & our lives now. Al will be sadly missed. May you all find peace & comfort knowing he is now in the arm of the Lord.
Francine and Family,
I am so very sorry for your loss. Please accept my sincere condolences.
Al was one of my Best Friends at Gaskill and NFHS! I am so saddened by his passing.
He always said, “never mind try, just do it.” I didn’t know it when I was a kid, but it would be phrase I reflected on as I grew up. I became good at things I tried because I knew trying was only the half-way point. I needed to finish something or master a skill in order to feel accomplished. I know now this is the feeling my dad wanted me to have when I set out on a task.
My dad was good at things that involved working with his hands or working on cars. He didn’t just fix things, he made them stronger than they were before they broke. He built the house we grew up in, hardwood floors, crown molding, electrical work, he even drew up the plans. That house was finished to perfection. I grew up in a home created and finished by my father’s hands. So, yea, I know where my perfectionism came from.
He tucked me, my two sisters and my brother in every night. I can still remember the way his prickly mustache felt on my forehead. Entire Sundays were always with dad. It was mass, Sunday school, then he’d pick us up in his giant blue Cadillac. Dicamillo’s bakery for donuts and bread, Latina’s for groceries, then Grandpa’s house for a visit and lunch. We’d then head home for child labor – that meant washing the bugs off the chrome of his giant blue Cadillac. He’d make pasta that night for dinner, sometimes, pizza, or if we were really lucky pizza rolls.
My dad wasn’t a man of many words. It was through the time he spent with me that he expressed his love. He loved helping me school projects – especially my art projects. He showed me how to change a tire and keep my car in perfect working order. We fixed up a white Buick Century together, it was my first car, and I loved that project as much as he did.
My relationship with my dad could be trying much of the times. We had some years where we didn’t speak much, he was stubborn, traditional, and strict. But in the last few years, he started trying harder. He began calling more often, visiting me in Virginia, helping me with my own home projects, and bringing me all the good stuff from Dicamillo’s and Latina’s. He also worked on patching up his relationships with my sister and my brother. I was really proud of him for that.
He should have lived longer, but he beat a horrible cancer and spent an extra 15 years living the way he wanted to. No matter how much time we get with our loved ones, it will never be enough.
My world will be less perfect without him and a bit lonelier without parents. I’m not going to try and be ok, I’ll just do it, I’ll be ok — in time.
A memorial mass will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, August 15th at St. Peter’s church, 600 Center Street, Lewiston, NY. A burial will follow. Anyone is welcome to attend, since we will not be having a visitation.
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