born October 4, 1938 in Avon Park, Fl, passed away on August 25, 2016 in Palmetto, Fl. Al was a beloved father, grandfather, and friend who always put the comfort and well-being of others before himself. His humor was unrivaled and his wisdom ran deep. Rarely speaking an ill word of anyone or anything, Al's positive outlook on life was an inspiration to all who knew him. Al was an avid runner in this area and member of the Bradenton Runners Club. He placed in many local marathons and races. Many don't realize it, but you have likely seen Al walking, land skiing, biking, and kayaking in west Palmetto. Al was also a local celebrity at PJ's Sandwich Shop in Parrish, Fl for 22 years, which he owned and operated with his soul mate, Patricia. Prior to running PJ's, Al worked 20 years for Winn Dixie, managing the produce department; then ran his own produce stand in Ellenton, Fl for 10 years. An enthusiastic and self-taught musician, Al loved to play guitar, ukulele, harmonica, bongos, and much more, even making personal CD's for his family and friends. Al loved everyone and enjoyed doing little things to make them happy. Al is survived by his beloved Patricia "Pat" O'Connor; Siblings: Naomi Pingly, Mary Elizabeth (Eurston) Rollins, Ruth Robinson, James Griffin, Lydia (Sam) DeGeorge; Children: Wanda (Brent) Lanham, Alvin (Pam) Griffin, Hope Goodwin, Ernie Griffin, Kenny Griffin, Christina (Will) Acevedo, Perry (Pam) O'Connor, Teresa (Joe) Giles, Kevin (Shary) O'Connor, Chris (Christy) O'Connor, Nadine (Lance) Cuyler; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. Al is preceded in death by his parents and brother. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to their favorite charity in Al's memory. Friends can also stop by PJ's Sandwich Shop to write down their favorite memory or story of Al. A memorial service and celebration of life will be held on Friday, September 2, 2016 at Palm View First Baptist Church 415 49th St. E. Palmetto, Fl 34221. The visitation will begin at 5:00pm, service at 6:00pm.
Palm View First Baptist Church
415 49th St E
Palmetto, FL 34221
Published in The Bradenton Herald on Aug. 30, 2016