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Albert James Wait Jr.


Albert James Wait, Jr. died peacefully in his sleep in his 89th year on August 23, 2013 at his home in Marysville, CA. He was born in Arlington, MA to Albert James Wait, Sr. and Margaret Mary Mahoney Wait and was raised in Cambridge, MA.

He is survived by children, Cathy R. (Arthur A.) Brigida, and Eithne M. (Albert A.) Pardini; his daughter-in- law Carrie V. Routh Wait; three grandchildren, Troy E. Etheredge, Sarah C. Etheredge, and Ciara I. Karsk; two sisters, his twin Margaret M. Conant, and Letitia F. (Leonard C.) McGrath; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded by his parents, his wife of 61 years, Maura O'Doherty Wait (2011), his brother, Francis H. Wait (2003), a sister, Lillian J. Wait (1935), two sons, Liam A. Wait (2012) and Brendan E. Wait (1959) and a daughter, Carolyn A. Wait (2008).

After graduation from St. John's High School, Albert enrolled at Boston College, but took a leave of absence to join the Navy in March, 1944. At the end of World War II, he changed career paths and enrolled at Salem Teacher's College and received a degree in Education. He met Maura in the church choir at St. John's Catholic Church, Cambridge, MA, and they were married on July 15, 1950, in St. Peters Catholic Church, also in Cambridge, MA. Albert and Maura moved to California in 1950 and lived in the Bay Area for 55 years. Albert retired from United Air Lines in 1989 where he worked at the San Francisco International Airport for 38 years. In 2005 they moved to Marysville, CA, to be next door to their son and his wife.

He was a proud 12th generation Massachusetts American. Albert retired from the Naval Reserve in 1984, as Chief Hospital Corpsman (HMC), with 40 years of service. He was a lifetime member of DAV and a retired member of DAV Chapter 144, San Francisco. He was also a lifetime member of the Fleet Reserve Association, Branch 48, the VFW, Branch 4095, and the American Legion, Post 1, San Francisco (now Branch 807). In addition, he was a member of the National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors , the National Chief Petty Officers Association, the Philippine Scouts, the Marine Memorial Club, Military Order of Cooties, and served as the Past National Chef de Gare Club and the Sr. Vice President for Chapter 35 of the AM VETS.

Albert was famous for his puns and was very sharp until his passing...even telling the priest who gave him the Last Rites to "get on to his next call since other people were dying to meet him". He loved playing cribbage, reading the newspaper, and eating a good meal. He spent hours playing cards with "Bart" on the computer, cutting out coupons, "Dear Abby" columns, and other associated articles and passing them along to friends and family he thought would be interested. You just never knew when the next good deal or joke would arrive in the mail to make your day.

In September 2012, he took a trip to Minneapolis, MN, assisted by his daughter-in-law, to visit his twin sister and to spend time with her, her children and grandchildren. And then on their birthday this year (August 3rd), he and his sister jointly sang "Happy Birthday" to one another and commented they had achieved their goal...living to be 89 or "44-1/2!".

The family extends a special thanks to his caregivers: Carrie Routh Wait and Laura Arreguin. His last year with them afforded him the best quality of life at home with his (and man's) best friend, Pug Mahone.

A memorial was held on September 4th in the Chapel at Golden Gate National Cemetery, with a private interment at the Cemetery.

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Published in Appeal Democrat from Sept. 7 to Sept. 8, 2013
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