Albrecht, Arnold Jacob
1915 - 2014
Arnold Jacob Albrecht, age 98, of Ithaca, passed away April 9, 2014 at home. He was born on December 23, 1915 in Syracuse, NY and was predeceased by his parents, Jacob William Albrecht and Clara Arnold Albrecht and wife, Margaret Alice Hollenbeck Albrecht. Survivors include son, Jacob (Bernice) Albrecht of Wesley Chapel, FL and daughter, Greta (George) Waterman of Freeport, ME. Arnold was a proud grandfather of Matthew, Laurel, Deborah and Michael; great-grandfather to Dakota, Alistair, Richelle, Jacqueline, Kaitlyn A. and Kaitlyn T.; and a great-great-grandfather. Arnold grew up on Butternut Street, Syracuse, NY, attending Garfield Grammar School, Manlius Military Academy, Crouse College, and Syracuse Technical. He spent his summer months at Davis Grove, Otisco Lake, with his father, buying a Davis built home which remained in the family for three generations. He began his working career with his grandfather at J.J. Albrecht & Son, Inc. making patterns and dies. Other work was with Wall Machine Shop, Syracuse, as a machinist and repairing cameras, General Electric as a toolmaker, and Carrier Corp as a toolmaker. With the beginning of WWII, he joined the Coast Guard (Merchant Marine), was a merchant engineer, and was Honorably Discharged August 15, 1945. In 1946 he accepted a job with Therm Electric Meters Company, Inc. (now Therm Inc.) as a toolmaker. He became a dedicated employee of Robert R. Sprole, becoming a machine designer and Chief Engineer. One career accomplishment was the manufacture of turbine wheels and impellers for both the Saturn and Atlas Rockets. He retired from Therm Inc. (1986) after 40 years. He was a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 2-2, Ithaca, NY, and held positions of Coxswain, Instructor, Courtesy Marine Examiner, and Flotilla Commander. He became a Division Captain, II and District Commodore, 9ER. He was Historian for Flotilla, Division, and Region 9ER. He was a life member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, a Coast Guard Veteran (WWII), a member of the Ithaca Yacht Club, Liederkranz of Syracuse and National Association of Past Commodores. The family would like to thank caregivers JoAnne Carlyle, Jane Hancock, Kaitlynn Helsinger, Christinia of Hospice and the Hospice Staff for their excellent service. He believed in the Golden Rule and the Laws of the USA - most of which are derived from the various religions of the world. A memorial gathering will be held at Bangs Funeral Home, 209 W. Green St., Ithaca, NY on April 19, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Coast Guard Auxiliary Association, Inc. Information on how to contribute can be found at http://cgauxa.org/donation.index.php. Or to the Tompkins County S.P.C.A., 1640 Hanshaw Rd., Ithaca, NY 14850.
Bangs Funeral Home, Inc. - Ithaca
209 W Green St. Ithaca, NY 14850
Published in Ithaca Journal on Apr. 16, 2014