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ALBERT "AL" GARNER - ESSEX - Everyone's friend, Albert "Al" Garner, 82, passed away peacefully on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, in the Starr Farm Nursing Center in Burlington. Al was born in 1931, in Detroit, Mich., the son of Jack and Myrtle (Allen) Garner. Al served in the US Air Force, 764th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron, at the St. Albans Air Force Station during the Korean Conflict. In 1955, he married Ruth Perry in St. Albans. Al and Ruth lived in Milton for over 40 years. Al worked at IBM, and then as a realtor and co-owner of Four Seasons Real Estate. He was a member of the Vermont Association of Realtors. Al survived over 30 years after open heart surgery performed by Dr. Frank Ittleman, with whom Al communicated annually in celebration. In appreciation, Al often visited patients preparing for open heart surgery. He also enjoyed frequenting the gym with his buddies. In addition to his wife, Ruth, of over 58 years, he is survived by his children, David Garner and wife, Robin, of Essex, Nancy Schecter and husband, Manny, of Ridgefield, Conn., and James Garner and wife, Jean-Marie, of Richmond; and grandchildren, Elizabeth, Heather, Alex, Adam, and Taylor. He was predeceased by his brother, Billy Lee Garner. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, at 11 a.m. in St. Ann's Catholic Church in Milton. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery in the spring. Visiting hours will be on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, from 6 to 8 p.m., with prayers offered by Fr. Feltz at 7:45 p.m. in the Minor Funeral and Cremation Center in Milton. Online condolences may be made to Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the .

Published in The Burlington Free Press from Feb. 8 to Feb. 9, 2014
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