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COLLBRAN, CO Al Read, beloved son, husband, father, brother and friend, went to be with the Lord, on Monday, September 23 at the age of 58. Al is survived by his mother, Bertha Shores; his wife, Bridgett Read; his children, Alan Read, Brady Read, and Nancy Weber; his sister, Lynn Bujanowski; his brothers, Timothy Read, Ralph/ Rocky Shores, Cyrus Shores, Joseph Shores, and Christopher Shores; and a large number of extended family members. He joins loved ones who have passed before him, including his father, Leon Read; brother, Michael Read; and stepfather, Ralph Shores, Sr. Al was born in Bennington, Vt. on April 9, 1955 and spent the first years of his life on the East Coast, including Vermont, New York, South Carolina and Tennessee. He and his family moved to the western part of Colorado in 2003 where they have enjoyed the beautiful views and unique lifestyle that the Colorado Rockies offer. Al was a gifted country singer, songwriter and musician. Al started playing guitar at a young age and has enjoyed performing for his family, friends and fans for many years accompanied by a long list of musicians and artists which became cherished friends along the way. He wrote and recorded several songs, many based on his long career as a truck driver, while his most recent music video, "God, Keep 'Em Safe", reveals his love for Family, God and Life. But music wasn't Al's only gift. He was a skilled craftsman drawing from nature's natural beauty by creating furniture, building homes, and other unique items from wood. Drawing from their truck driving experience, he and Bridgette, his wife of 26 years, ran a successful Pilot Car Business. They also briefly owned a local restaurant/lounge where Al and his band would play. He was a hard worker, doing whatever it took to provide for his family. Anyone that knew him will attest to his fairness, honesty and integrity in whatever he did. Al filled his life with a variety of hobbies and interests such as hunting and fishing, four-wheeling, car racing, riding his horses, working on vintage cars, including refurbishing his 1955 Pontiac Star Chief. But Al's favorite pastime was spending treasured moments with his family and friends. Al's sense of humor, generous nature, and zest for life impacted the lives of many people in a positive and caring way. He will be greatly missed by those who love him. A Celebration of Al's life will be held on October 4 at the Moose Club located at 916 Main St. in Bennington from 1 to 6 p.m. Condolences may be emailed to: [email protected] P.O. Box 471, Mesa, Colorado 81643.
Published in Bennington Banner on Sept. 28, 2013
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