ALBERT ALLPRESS 1923 - 2011 Al passed away peacefully in his home on October 30, 2011. He was the fantastic, loving husband of Beryl (Allen) Allpress and a wonderful father to Margie (Bill), Marilyn (Joe), Peggy (Marshall), Alan, Esther and Dan. He was predeceased by his sons, Rod and Tom. He was an amazing and much loved Grampa to 10 grandchildren and 6 great- grandchildren and he was also "Dad" to a large extended family. Al grew up in various parts of Toronto, mainly in North Toronto. He attended Northern Vocational School where he acquired enough skills to build the family home in West Hill. Beryl and Al raised 6 children there and Al completed his life journey there. Al served in the Canadian Navy during World War ll where he was a Stoker First Class. He served on minesweepers with most of his time being spent on the Sarnia. Al was an active member of St. Margaret's in the Pines Anglican Church where he served as a Lay Reader for over 50 years. At one point, he served as a Lay Pastor for a year. He was a Sunday School teacher and then a Sunday School Superintendent for several years. Beryl and Al headed up a youth group at the Church for many years along with Norm and Ginny Barker. Al enjoyed young people and got along very well with them. In his forties, Al decided that he wanted to be a teacher instead of continuing his trade as a Tool and Die maker. He ended up teaching Machine Shop at Sir Wilfrid Laurier Collegiate in the Guild. He always said that it was the best job that he had ever had. It allowed Beryl and Al the time to enjoy many trips across Canada with their trailer. After his retirement, Al took up wood carving and really excelled at it. He was a member of the Ontario Wood Carvers Guild and even won a few ribbons. He also did wood carving with the Port Union Seniors Group. He was a member of St. Timothy's Fast Friars Group and spent many Tuesday mornings in their shop. Al loved people and loved telling stories. He enjoyed and loved his grandchildren as they played in the yard, helped him in his workshop and sat beside him while he played his organ. Al had a wonderful full life and now he has finished the race. "He has kept the Faith. There is laid up for him a crown of righteousness." (2 Timothy, Chapter 4, verses 7-8). A service to celebrate Al's life will be held at St. Margaret's in the Pines Anglican Church, 4130 Lawrence Ave., on Thursday, November 3, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. Visitation will be held at the church, one hour before the service. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Giffen-Mack Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, Scarborough Chapel, 4115 Lawrence Ave. E., 416-281-6800. Donations to St. Margaret's in the Pines Anglican Church or Casey House would be appreciated by the family.
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Published in the Toronto Star on Nov. 1, 2011