If you knew him when he was older you’d be shocked to learn that in his youth he may have been a little rambunctious. Swedesboro High refused to announce Al’s awards at graduation. Their loss as Albert went on to study at Temple on scholarship, finished his degree in Chemistry at St. Joseph’s University and paid for it all working at Mobil Research, where over the next 35 years, he would co-author 22 papers and was responsible for 3 patents in Chemistry. Of course you’d never hear it from Al; way too humble to tout his accomplishments. Al retired from Mobil Research and went on to consult with ICDD in Newtown Square; more of a labor of love than a job. At age 10 he joined the Trinity Episcopal “Old Swedes” Church starting as a acolyte and ending as a Eucharistic minister, he was the 10 percent who quietly does 90 percent of the work. If he wasn’t working on the church, he was restoring one of Swedesboro’s centerpieces: the Rulon House known affectionately as the “Musty Mansion“. Al thought life should be lived at 130 mph a quarter mile at a time; earlier years found him drag racing at tracks around the area. If the weather was right he’d head out on his sailboat: Mis Fortune. Al took flying lessons to keep up with his wife who was already well on her way to a pilot’s license.
The sophomore Albert would start dating the freshman Edie Auten. He and Sweet Pea would share a 54 year marriage. He is survived by his sister, Eileen Marie Lynch (Frank) and was Uncle Butch to Fawn Gardner, Fern Toth and Michael and Christopher Brocco. He was pre-deceased by his sister, Karen O’Lexy.
Come celebrate 77 great years, Tuesday 5-7 p.m. and Wednesday 10:00 to 10:30 a.m. at Daley Life Celebration Studio, Swedesboro where there will be a Tuesday 7 p.m. prayer services followed by stories from friends. An 11 a.m. Wednesday Service at Trinity Church will be held with interment immediately following in the church cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Trinity Historic Preservation Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 51, Swedesboro, NJ 08085.