Al will be truly missed, but most definitely not forgotten. Like most, I found Al to be an odd character at first, but it didn't take me long to realize he was one of the most kind and helpful co-workers I've had.
I only got to work with Al for about 7 months, but this is what I take away from him in only that short time frame. I believe Al knew he was odd, in fact I think he relished in it (especially with the cat shirts he proudly put on display), but that is what I admired the most about him. He showed us it was OK to be yourself, even if it seems to be quirky, because as Al proved, you can influence and touch a lot of people by being a unique character and having a big heart. Although he was a little rough around the edges, I believe Al ment the best in everything he did and was always reliable to do the right thing.
I can only hope to be half as comfortable in my own skin as Al was. I only wish I could have had more time to get to know him even better. I am going to miss his unfiltered commentary, his engineering guidance, and his one-in-a-billion character.
Rest in peace my new friend. See you in the afterlife.
Saturday December 16, 2017 at 6:09 pm