HAMPSTEAD – Albert J. Reynolds Sr., 88, of Hampstead, died Friday, March 21, 2014, at his home.
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Al was born in Lebanon, the son of the late Mildred (Courtemarsh) and Jesse Reynolds. He grew up and was educated in Salem, graduating from Woodbury High School. He proudly served in the U.S. Marines during World War II. Al was stationed in the Pacific Theater and was twice awarded the Purple Heart. He retired after 35 years from Appleyard Transportation in Methuen, Mass., where he was a driver and dispatcher. He was a special police officer for the pown of Salem. Following his retirement, Al drove the school bus for St. Joseph's for five years, and he was employed at Douglas & Johnson Funeral Home.
Al was a former altar boy and member of St. Joseph Church in Salem, a founding member of VFW Post #8546, a former member and Past Master of the Lawrence United Masonic Lodge, a member of the Spicket Lodge in Salem, a member and colonel emeritus of the Bektash Shriners, a member of the Scottish Rite Bodies of Mass, colonel of the Legion of Honor and an honorary clown.
He was predeceased by his sons, Albert Jr., and Peter.
Al is survived by his beloved wife, Gaye Reynolds of Hampstead; his sons, Jay Reynolds and his wife Leah of Pelham, and William Bradford and his wife Julie of Salem; his daughters, Gayle and her husband Edward Burton of Washington, Debra Reynolds of Raymond, Cindy and her husband Tom Henderson of Pelham; daughter-in-law, Michelle Bradford of Salem; his brothers, Norman "Pete" Reynolds of Salem and Arthur Reynolds and his wife Dorothy of Salem; 19 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; and several nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be Monday, March 24 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Douglas & Johnson Funeral Home, 214 Main St., Salem. The funeral service will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Pine Grove Cemetery.
To send a message of condolence to the family, please view the obituary at douglasandjohnson.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Shriners Hospital, 51 Blossom St, Boston, MA 02114, or to the National Hemophilia Foundation, 116 West 32nd Street, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10001.
DOUGLAS & JOHNSON FUNERAL HOME, INC - Salem
214 MAIN STREET
Salem, NH 03079
Published in The Concord Monitor on Mar. 23, 2014