ALONSO, Angelo "AL" passed away Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012 at the Medical Center of Trinity with family and friends at his side. Al was born in Brooklyn, NY on July 7, 1925 to Lawrence and Elvira Alonso. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Ruth and his parents. Al attended an aeronautical tech school in New York, graduating high school just before his 16th birthday and with other classmates recruited to work on specialized aeronautical instruments which made our Naval pilots safe. Entering the Navy at age 18 he still worked on specialized instruments. In 1945, at age 20 he married Ruth Ahola. After WWII in Chicago Al began his long career in the hotel business starting at the Edgewater Beach Hotel. From there, he managed the Illinois Beach Resort in Zion, IL and was director of sales for the Playboy Club in Lake Geneva, WS. Later he and Ruth moved to Florida where he worked as midwest sales manager for conventions at Innisbrook and Saddlebrook Resorts. One of joys of his life was helping people. He was a volunteer for the "Thursday Club" which consisted of other volunteers who maintained the clubhouse and grounds at Greenbrook Estates. An adept crafter, he carved toys for the Shriners Childrens Hospital plus many other creative endeavors. When neighbors needed a tool, had wood to cut or borrow a wheel barrow or even use his boat they knew Al could help. A kind and generous man, he loved his family and friends and they loved him. Survived by his 3 children, James (Nancy) Alonso, Susan (Michael) McGrain and Diane Van Laeke; four grandchildren, Jill (Ryan) Cook, Laura (Mike) Hopkins, Jason (Brenda) Schreyer and Jeremy Schreyer; five great-grandchildren, Hayden, Jaleigh, Miranda, Logan and Gabrielle; a brother, Manuel (Ana) Alonso; sister, Marina (Flory) Brandariz; many nieces and nephews; and his dear companion, Yvonne Murphy. Visitation and services will be conducted Friday, Nov. 2nd, 1-3 pm at Michels & Lundquist Funeral Home, 5228 Trouble Creek Road, New Port Richey. The family suggests that memorials may be made to the
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Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Oct. 31, 2012
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