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Alexander Turchick

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Turchick, Alexander LATHAM At rest December 18, 2012, Alexander Turchick, 93, of Latham and Vero Beach Fla., married 68 years to Dorothy Lang Turchick (deceased). Father of William A. Turchi ck (Ann) and Elizabeth Turchick Sears (Joseph); grandfather of William Sears (Lindsey), Susan Knapp (Kirby), Robert Turchick (Krista); great-grandfather to Sawyer and Macie Knapp, Fox (deceased), Maxwell, Samuel, Tyler and Katie Turchick. Predecea sed by his brothers, Samuel and William, and sister, Olga. Al was born in Mt Union, Pa. to Nicholas and Sophie Turchick and moved to this area in 1921. He attended The Maplewood School and graduated Valedictorian of Watervliet High School, class of 1937. He was president of the class, captain of the baseball and soccer teams and played varsity basketball. After graduation, Al went to Union College, where he was a member and president of Delta Upsilon Fraternity, president of the Junior Class, vice president of the Senior Class, co-captain of the varsity basketball team and a member of several honorary societies and the student council. While at Union, he received his pilot's license and he always loved flying. After graduation in 1941, Al worked at GE for a year before attending Albany Law School, where he was awarded the Brewer Scholarship for attaining the highest scholastic standing in the class. His law studies were interrupted by World War II, and Al enlisted in the Navy, receiving his commission at Notre Dame University and serving as a deck officer aboard the Destroyer, USS Hobby, in the Pacific Theater. He was awarded nine battle stars for engagements in the Pacific, including New Guinea, Philippines, Palau, Luzon, Formosa, Iwo Jima, the China Coast, Okinawa and Tokyo. He was very proud of his military service and recently was privileged to participate in a Patriot Flight, flying to Washington, DC, with fellow World War II veterans to see the memorial and tour the city. After completing his service, Al returned to Albany Law School, graduating in 1947 and entered private practice, continuing to work until his death. The practice is currently known as Turchick & Turchick in Latham and includes his son, William. Al was very involved in many community and civic organizations, including Kiwanis, the American Legion, and Senior Golfers' Association of Eastern New York. He was a long-time member of the Troy Country Club and served a term as president. An avid golfer who was one-time senior champion of the club, Al enjoyed a low handicap and two hole-in-ones. For many years, he was active in politics in Albany County and in the 1950's, ran for supervisor of the then very Republican Town of Colonie, losing but getting the best vote count of any Democrat who ever ran against William Sanford. He also stayed very active as an alum of Union College, serving as the president of Union Class of 1941, and co-founder of the Class of 1941 Den in Sorum House, which was dedicated during the Class's 65th reunion in 2006. Al had a strong will and perseverance, which he kept throughout life. Like many who lived through the Depression, he was thrifty and lived a modest life, despite his many successes. He loved the profession of law and never retired. He could be tough, demanding the same quality as he gave. Above all, he placed his family first and was always there for guidance and support. He will be terribly missed. Following cremation he will be joined with his wife, Dorothy, and they will be interred this spring at Memory Gardens in a private service. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to Union College or the Capt. John McKenna IV Military Courtesy Room at Albany Airport.

Published in Albany Times Union on Dec. 23, 2012
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