Alfred Joseph "Al" Diamond, a retired Civil Engineer and Manufacturer's Representative born March 18, 1926, died Jan 17, 2014 in New Orleans, LA. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Janet Abadie Diamond, son Rick and daughter Jan Lapre of New Orleans, son Mark and daughter-in-law Kelly of Irvine, CA, grandchildren Meredith and Genevieve Lapre, Amanda, Mark, and Austin Diamond, and sister Betty Alessandra. A New Orleans native, he was valedictorian of his 1943 high school class at St. Paul's School, Covington, LA, and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Tulane University in 1949 after serving in the navy as an Aviation Electronic Technician's Mate during WWII. After 12 years of engineering design he established A.J.Diamond, Inc., Industrial Door Sales and Service, retiring in 1992. Mr. Diamond was a former Cub Master, Pack 105, Jean Gordon Elementary School. Vice-President-Secretary of the Boy Scout's Bienville Trail Committee, member of the YMBC Toastmasters, lector at St. Francis Cabrini Church (after Katrina, lector at St. Joseph's Church, Ponchatoula, LA). He was the first elected President of the New Orleans Branch of The American Society of Civil Engineers, received their Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997, and was a member of the Louisiana Engineering Society. Al was a member of the St. John Golf Club (City Park), the New Orleans Golf Association, and an Art History student at the University of New Orleans. Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend a Funeral Mass in the Chapel of Jacob Schoen & Son Funeral Home, 3827 Canal St.; on Friday, January 24th, 2014 at 1:00 pm. Visitation will begin at 11:00 am until service time. Interment will follow at Metairie Cemetery. Condolences may be expressed online at www.schoencanalstreet.com.
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Published in TheNewOrleansAdvocate.com from Jan. 21 to Jan. 22, 2014