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Albert was born in Denver to James G. and Virginia Work, who moved to Estes Park in 1946. He grew up on the banks of Fall River at Workshire Lodge, graduating from Estes Park High School in 1953. He excelled in business classes, woodworking, football, skiing and auto mechanics; his skills were later employed in restoring a vintage Stanley Steamer Mountain Wagon and building beautiful high-quality hardwood furniture of his own original design.
After high school, Albert spent an adventurous year with a surveying crew north of Fairbanks, Alaska. He also travelled to Houston where he worked as a machinist for Miller Tool Company, but did not find city life much to his liking. One of the jobs he always described simply as "interesting" was working at an Indian trading post at Window Rock on the Navajo reservation. He returned to Estes and began with Poling Electric run by his future father-in-law Jess, which launched him into a career that would culminate in his becoming a Master Electrician. He drew up the plans and did nearly all of the work to build the house in which he and his wife lived for more than fifty years.
Ready to find further challenges, Albert also owned a school supply business and operated a store in Estes Park village with his wife Donna. When it became more difficult for his parents to operate Workshire Lodge on their own, Albert assumed the management responsibility. As the Workshire innkeeper he became very popular among guests, who came from all corners of the country and who enjoyed his hospitality enough to become "regular" repeat clients.
Albert joined the Larimer County Sheriff's Posse and took part in several rescues and manhunts. He was officially recognized for bravery and heroism after rescuing several people from the floodwaters and leading others to safety during the 1976 Thompson River flood in which 144 people were killed.
He was a member of the Estes Park Lions Club and volunteered in a number of community projects.
Albert married Donna Poling of Estes Park in 1956. Besides Donna, he is survived by two children, Christina Anne "Tina" Trowbridge and James Albert "Rusty" Work, his granddaughter Jessica and great-grandson Kaiden. His sister Carol Anne Nussbaumer lives in Estes Park and his brother James C. Work lives in Fort Collins. As a family man he was always kind, concerned, generous and candid and every member of the family from his parents and aunts and uncles to his nieces and nephews spoke of him with pride and respect. In the community, too, Albert was the model of what a village citizen should be. He never shrank from his duty or from an argument; he kept himself ready to help whether it was a fire, flood or lost child.
Arrangements are with Allnutt Funeral Home. A Celebration of Life for Albert will be scheduled at a later date.
Published in Estes Park Trail-Gazette on Apr. 23, 2014
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