Oliver Alphy "Al" Cormier, 91, passed away peacefully following a brief illness surrounded by his family. He was the beloved husband to Maryann (Morgan) Cormier. Born May 1, 1923, he was the youngest of five children born to the late Oliver and Mary (Breault) Cormier. Al, one of the greatest generation, served his country honorably during World War II as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force. Following his military service, he began a career that spanned the majority of his life working as a salesman. Garrulous, outgoing, quick with a story, he was the quintessential salesman. Although he retired from sales in his eighties, he would occasionally broker a deal that was just too good to pass up. His experience as a road man in sales contributed to his love of driving and desire to travel by car whenever possible. He logged hundreds of thousands of miles in his lifetime and often claimed the miles he traveled equaled several circumnavigations of the globe. In the last 30 years of his life, Al traveled extensively with his wife Maryann. They visited all 50 states of the United States, often more than once, the location often determined by his desire to see just one last place or attend a family gathering or event. Additionally, Al was a world traveler, experiencing such places as Egypt, Australia, Israel, China, and much of Europe. Days after his 91st birthday, Al and Maryann embarked on a river cruise down the Rhine River. Al is survived by his loving children, Nanette Trainor and her husband Paul, Dr. Greg Cormier and Lori Ronan and her husband Kevin. Sadly, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Linda Gunderson. He will be missed by his grandchildren, Amy (Gunderson) Gabriel and her husband Jeff, Sara (Gunderson) Donahue and her husband Ryan, Kelly (Trainor) Gonzalez and her husband Juan, Brendan Cormier and Nicholas Ronan; his cherished great-grandchildren, Jacob and Emily Gabriel, Nora and Tate Donahue and Alexander Gonzalez. He was the dear brother of the late Ida, Florence, Jean Edward and Arthur; husband to the late Alma (Anderson); and brother-in-law to Jane and the late David Stenstrom, Charles Morgan and his wife Patricia, Rosemary Eckert and Steven Hall; and father-in-law to John Gunderson. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and extended family. Arrangements are private, and under the direction of Hamel Funeral Care & the Cremation Service of Massachusetts. A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions in his memory be made to Hospice of the South Shore, 30 Reservoir Park Drive, Rockland, MA 02370-1055, or to one's favorite charity.
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Published in The Stoughton Journal from July 31 to Aug. 7, 2014