Mar 13, 1928 - Apr 11, 2013
Resident of San Jose
Arthur W Alger passed away on April 11, 2013 at his home surrounded by his caring family after a year long battle with Pancreatic Cancer. A San Jose native and successful local businessman, he was a man of strong convictions, resilience and integrity.
Arthur was born in San Jose, in his family's home on Story Road. After graduating from San Jose High School, he enlisted in the Air Force and he was stationed in Boca Raton, Florida where he completed his enlistment state side in the procurement division.
Shortly after returning home in 1947, Art met the love of his life Donna Aldous. The two were married on New Year's Eve in 1948. Art took a job with San Jose Steel and quickly learned the steel business. During his time there, Art played a key role in the transportation and placement of the steel bridges on Interstate 80 over Donner Pass. Art continued as the manager of the structural department until moving on after 17 years.
After a short stint with John McGuire Painting, Art started work with San Jose Crane & Rigging. Although new to the crane rental industry, Art used his steel background to help pursue projects which included erecting the County office buildings on West Heading Street. In 1974, Art purchased Peninsula Crane & Rigging. In step with the blooming Silicon Valley, Peninsula Crane & Rigging was pivotal in building and supporting the high tech industry. With memorable projects too numerous to list, Art had said "There is no place you can stand in the Bay Area that you can't see a project we were involved with."
Art enjoyed being outdoors, his favorite playground was the property he owned on the east side of Mt Hamilton. An avid hunter, he would travel out of state each year to hunt with friends. In his semi-retirement, he turned to fishing, trekking north to Alaska once or twice a year with various family and friends. Art enjoyed tending his vegetable garden and appreciated "big" red wines. Later in life he took great comfort in joining the Catholic Church.
Art will be sorely missed by his wife Donna, his children Bill (Terri), Karen (Ed), Stanley (Colleen), his grandchildren Kevin (Crystal), Kyle, April, Aaron, and his first great grandchild Audrey, all of San Jose.
Mass will be held Saturday, May 11th at St Maria Goretti Parish, 2980 Senter Road, San Jose. Please attend a celebration of Art's life at Peninsula Crane & Rigging, 656 Wool Creek Drive, San Jose, directly following services. In lieu of flowers or gift, please consider making a donation in his name to Guide Dogs for the Blind, the Second Harvest Food Bank, Hospice of the Valley, or