– January 2, 2004.
Al has gone to join his beloved wife Gladys and son Clifford. Born on August 31st, 1920 in Humboldt, Saskatchewan, he spent his first 17 years on the farm homesteaded by his paternal grandfather in 1903. The Great Depression drove him to seek greener pastures and he fell in love, on sight, with the “valley without end” known as Vernon. His parents and siblings followed him out several months later in the fall of 1937. Over the next 12 years he worked wherever and however he could to build a life for his parents and for the family he hoped to have, starting the first concrete business in the area with a couple of shovels and a hand mixer. In 1949 he married Gladys Elizabeth Bickert, who joined him in his efforts to build what would become Sasges Cement Products Ltd. Their family started soon thereafter with 11 children born over 20 years. Al’s incredible work ethic and intellectual abilities ensured the success of his business efforts. However, his efforts were not merely focused on the betterment of his family and business. Throughout his life, he committed a great deal of time, effort and resources to the community he had adopted. Al was a long-time member and active participant in the Knights of Columbus, serving as Grand Knight for two terms. He spent 20 years working toward the creation of a seniors housing complex in the area (Gateby and Schubert Centre), and was a committed member of the Rotary Club, as well as performing diverse supportive roles in the St James Catholic Parish. He was also a founding member of the BC Ready-Mixed Concrete Association and, after his retirement, travelled overseas with the Canadian Executive Service Overseas to share his experience and knowledge of the concrete business with those who could benefit from it. Al will be greatly missed by his surviving children Judy, Brennan, Myra, Veronica, Murray, Joan, Mary, Margaret, Michael and Gerard, their spouses, children and grandchildren. He was a beloved father and role model, impossible to replace or forget.
The family wishes to acknowledge Randy Fedorchuk, M.D., and the high quality and loving care provided by the staff at Polson North Extended Care Facility. Thanks for appreciating his sense of humour.
A funeral service will be held at St James Catholic Church on 12 January at 10:00 am, with a reception to follow at St. James Catholic School. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either the Schubert Centre Society or the Heart and Stroke Foundation of British Columbia.