Albert Allan Smale

19-Dec-1941 - 03-Jan-2021

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Albert Allan Smale

Obituary for Albert Allan Smale

We are heartbroken to announce that on January 3, 2021 our beloved father, grandfather, and husband, Albert Allan Smale, 79, passed away suddenly but peacefully. Born in Turner Valley on December 19, 1941, Albert spent most of his life in Edmonton where he led a distinguished career as a boilermaker of Local 146, remaining actively involved as a volunteer for the union even after retirement. With unrivalled integrity and a commitment to social equity, he was also a dedicated volunteer at the Edmonton Food Bank, Seniors Now, the Council of Canadians, and the NDP. Albert married Beth Smale in 1970 and together they raised six children: Bobi-Sue (Peter), Albert “Albie” (Pauline), Dean (Jessica), Lora (Dave), Gary (Mia), and Jody (Brian). They have ten grandchildren (Theresa, Greg, Jared, Danielle, Jessica, Justin, Zachary, Ava, Olivia, and Sofonisba) and one great-grandchild (Landon). He is also deeply missed by a large extended family of cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Albert, known as Al, was a funny, stubborn, kind, hard-working, ethical, complicated, curious, and loving man. His life spanned incredible change: as a young child he rode a horse to a one-room schoolhouse and kept a wounded great-horned owl as a pet. He shared these and other memories in vivid stories that created a continuous line from the past to the present, keeping the Smale family lineage alive and vibrant for the generations to follow. His infectious laugh will echo on.

Albert was predeceased by his parents, Burt and Elsie, and two younger brothers, Terry (Patty) and Ken (Lorene). The three Smale brothers shared an unusually powerful bond, and their tight-knit families have remained close throughout the ups and downs of life. The family takes some solace in imagining the threesome reunited again.

A celebration of life will be held later in the year when we can safely gather together as Al would have wanted. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to the Edmonton Food Bank.

Condolences from family and friends

Posted by Marjorie Bencz | 18-Jan-2021

Al was a special person and a very generous volunteer at Edmonton's Food Bank. He will be missed! Our deepest sympathy to Al's family and friends. Marjorie Bencz - Executive Director - Edmonton's Food Bank

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Posted by Joey Smale | 16-Jan-2021

I was very saddened when I heard the news of the passing of my brother in law Al He was a good man a fair man an honest man. He and Beth were always there for me when Terry was passing and after. He will be missed. RIP Al.

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