Alfred H. "Al" Coward

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Alfred Coward was born December 1, 1923 to Alfred and Minnie Coward in Dover, New Jersey. On September 12, 1953 he married his wife of almost 60 years, Margaret Hastie. Al was a Navy veteran of WWII, serving as an aircraft mechanic. He discovered planes were being sabotaged and as a result, at the age of 19, he was put in charge of all the mechanics. He was active in the Boy Scouts as a leader in New Jersey, Alabama and Texas. He received the Silver Beaver award for distinguished service and the Daniel Carter Beard Masonic Scouter award. He also taught Sunday School, was a Deacon and a Ruling Elder. He was a Lay Minister and helped conduct religious services at the prison in Morristown, N. J. Al served as part of the New Jersey Honor Guard in the American Legion firing salutes over the graves of returning servicemen killed in battle. He worked on the LR-99 rocket engine which powered the X-15 research vehicle. The X-15's mission was flight beyond earth's atmosphere and re-entry. As a contractor he supported the NASA/JSC Space Shuttle and Space Station programs, retiring In 2001 at the age of 77. Al has two children, Margaret Ann and Alfred III, and three grandchildren of whom he is very proud. Al came from a family of seven children. He is survived by his sister Muriel Schroeder, but lost his other sisters, Frances, Ethel, and Alice. Two other siblings died very young. Al was a loving father and grandfather and will be greatly missed. Al passed away April 21, 2013 and was laid to rest in the Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery.In lieu of flowers, please send a memorial gift to the . www.kidney.org


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