Al Kertel passed away suddenly on December 3rd in Belmont, Ca. Born in Carrolton, OH on November 27th, 1947. The Kertel Family moved to the "New" San Mateo Village in 1957 where Al attended George Hall and Abbott Middle School before graduating from Hillsdale High in 1965. He had many jobs and incredible life experiences, including becoming the Fire Marshall on Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands, where he lived and worked for over 10 years. Al always celebrated the diversity in everyone and made friends everywhere he went. Big Al was a tough guy with a huge heart and he loved his family and friends, his harley, Bay Meadows Racetrack and all sports. He will be fondly remembered and sadly missed by all of his extended family and friends around the world. Al is survived by his mother Rose and sister Diana Gerig of Napa, his brother Eddie of Novato, his sons, Jason of Elk Grove, and Eddie of San Mateo, his grandkids Nick and Eli, and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins. There will be a celebration of Al's life at 2pm this Saturday, January 26th, 2013 at the San Carlos Adult Community Center, 601 Chestnut St. San Carlos, Ca. All are invited and encouraged to attend. In lieu of flowers the family encourages donations be made to The
in Al's name.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Jan. 20, 2013