Al was both an inspiration and a welcome blessing in our lives. Well before he came to know the Lord in a more personal way, God had developed talents in him that brought joy to others, if not an outright chuckle or two. The ever-present twinkle in his eye and the look that suggested he knew something you didn't were infectious and drew you in a unique way. As he submitted the full effect of those talents to his Maker, they became even more impactful, but never more as they did when my Dad was facing death. Dad and Al bonded through military service and the launch of their business careers and their decades-long friendship saw a lot of highs and lows. Yet it remained consistent and those last months bore the fruit of all those years. Al was at his side (just as I'm sure Dad would have been at his side) and shared his warmth and concern in ways that others only talked about. His active expression of love made the approaching end of life more bearable and I pray that God was inclined to provide Al the same comfort as He welcomed him into his kingdom with a greatly-deserved "Well done, faithful servant." None of us can hope for a greater legacy than leaving this world a better place for having been in it and Al certainly was one of the precious few. Thank you Al for your love and commitment and may your family find comfort in know ing not only where you are spending eternity, but in the blessings you brought that will continue to bear fruit. Rest well, as my Dad might have said, "Ya done good, buddy." Hopefully you two are yucking it again right now.