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Allen Strasburger

AGE: 79 • Red Bank

Allen Strasburger, 79, of Red Bank, passed away Thursday, March 10, 2011. Allen was born in Flushing, N.Y. He was a graduate of Red Bank High School, Class of 1949. He graduated from New York University as a Phi Beta Kappa and received his Masters Degree from the University of Wisconsin. In 1962, he was the founder of the anti-war movement in Monmouth County. He was a member and activist in progressive organizations, including the Workers World Party; International Action Center; Center for Cuban Studies; U.S./Cuban Labor Exchange; Communication Workers of America; Bluegrass and Old Time Music Assoc.; N.J. Group Against Smoking Pollution; American Atheists; Freedom from Religion Foundations, Red Bank Humanists, IFCO Pastors for Peace; The Peace & Equal Rights Committee and the Saturday morning anti-war vigil at Fort Monmouth. He was a social worker for the State of New Jersey (DYFS) and a part-time professor of English Literature at Monmouth University, W. Long Branch.

Allen is survived by a son, Steven and his wife, Ana of Germantown, Tenn.; two daughters, Annette Marinkovic of Ann Arbor, Mich., and Rhoda Russo and her husband, Robert of Haworth, NJ; two sisters, Amanda Porter of Bradley Beach, and Dorothy Argyros of Neptune; his beloved companion, Rev. Jackie Carr-Hamilton and her family, daughter and son-in-law, Felicia and Everett Cheavers and their children, Felice, Everett III and Dequan; and five grandchildren, Jason Allen, Steven Tyler and Jennifer Elizabeth Strasburger of Germantown, Tenn.; Christopher Robert and Matthew Thomas Russo of Haworth, NJ; and special friend, Valerie Carr of Gary, Ind.

The Thompson Memorial Home, Red Bank, was entrusted with his arrangements. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.

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Published in Asbury Park Press on Mar. 11, 2011.
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April 5, 2011
I met Al in the 80s, and we remained friends for many years. The thing I most remember about him was his gentleness and his sweet little laugh, almost a giggle. He was a good friend to me and my daughter. I hope he left this world feeling good about his loving impact upon it.
Kathy Prout
March 29, 2011
Uncle Al was an inspiring person because of his passion and commitment to bringing about social justice. As someone who has always loathed being in a room with cigarette smoker, I appreciate his very early recognition of the dangers of second hand smoke and his affiliation with G.A.S.P. He was also a fun person to be around and a beloved "Uncle Al, the kiddies' pal" because of his offbeat sense of humor and his keen sense of irony. He was a great storyteller too, regaling all of us kids one Christmas with the story of Tail-a-Po. The last time I saw him was out at Fort Monmouth on Christmas Day 2010. He was in his element, protesting the wars, doing his thing. Rest in peace, Uncle Al.
Ellen Argyros
March 27, 2011
The first time I met Allen he said,"I'm going to a meeting with my gas mask. because they smoke there." As a Vietnam veteran, how could you not love him? He was saying at home what some of us were thinking in Vietnam.Thanks Allen for having given us that voice and not allowing us to be drowned out by the right wing.
DrBob Osenenko
March 22, 2011
It has been more than 30 years since I first met Al handing out Workers World news papers out in front of the Red Bank Unemployment Office. It didn't take me long to learn what a dedicated humanitarian he was. His door was always open to those in need. Al cared more about the needs of others than his own. His heart was always open to the oppressed and never had to be asked to help, always at the ready; ready to share whatever was his. I believe he gave so much monetarily to his causes, there was little left for himself.
Although a professed Atheist, Al was the poster child for what all religions are based on. He lived, breathed and professed kindness and mercy for all, especially the downtrodden.
It has been an honor to have known Al Strassburger, he has been a staple in my life. I already miss our visits always full of wit and humor.
Joann Carves
March 15, 2011
My grateful thanks to the Fort Monmouth picketers against futile, brutal war for continuing the good fight in Al's honor--he would be proud of you all! I picket at the Highland Park vigil now, miss you and him, of course!
Amanda/Manne Porter
March 15, 2011
Al’s influence on my life was great. He and the Strasburger family helped me through a difficult time in my life. The support and love I received will never be forgotten along with the political protests and bus rides to D.C. Al lived his ‘mantra’, “I’m too busy saving the world to save the agency.” I think of “Al-isms” frequently in my daily life. It is so very hard to believe he is gone. Peace.
Donna Zacher-Zanias
March 15, 2011
Al Strasburger was one of the nicest people I've ever known. He was a loyal member of the Center for Cuban Studies almost from our inception and he religiously looked out for our welfare. He didn't visit very often but when he and the Reverend Jackie showed up, it was an enormous pleasure, great fun really, because he would say, "Bring out all the little gifts that aren't selling" and then he would insist on buying, together with the nice items he'd pick out, anything that was broken or discolored, not in good shape, and say "I'll take these!" We couldn't talk him out of it, he knew he was helping us and that was that. His politics enriched his life, and he enriched all of ours. We will miss you very much, Allen Strasburger, you were one helluva guy. My love to you Reverend Jackie. Al's death was a total shock to everyone here. Sandra Levinson, Center for Cuban Studies, NYC
Sandra Levinson
March 13, 2011
To My Dear Friend Rev. Carr-Hamilton on the passing of her Beloved Al. Love knows no good-bye. Memories refuse to hide. Thanking God for the wonderful memories you shared. Praying for you and all family & friends who comfort you. God's continued peace. -Love,
Rev LED Dowell
March 12, 2011
While I am sad about the passing of Al Strasburger, who basically started the anti-war movement in Monmouth County in 1962, I am happy to report that we had a very good turnout for our weekly anti-war vigil in front of Fort Monmouth today. This is something that Al started and several of us who live a little further away decided to honor Al's memory. We had 14 people show up today which is a little more than we usually have on any given Saturday. One of those who showed up made a sign that read: "In loving memory - RIP Al Strasburger. We'll miss you." Another sign read: "Bring the troops home now. Al Strasburger Presente! Thank you, Al!"

I met Al about early 1980 in front of the Red Bank, NJ post office at a protest against President Carter's proposal to reinstate the military draft during the Iranian hostage crisis.

Over the years, my other friends and I worked with Al not only on anti-war issues, but also on issues fighting for the rights of workers. He and I were in the same union but different locals and we were both supporters of the UFW as well.

Al was a staunch advocate for the working class against imperialist war, against racism, for workers' rights and for socialism. He fought the good fight. I am proud to call him my friend and comrade. Al Strasburger --¡Presente!

Dave Schraeger
Dave Schraeger
March 11, 2011
Al lived a good and worthy life. Who can ask for more than that? The world is better for his having been in it. God bless. -Margaret Rice Moir
margaret rice moir
March 11, 2011
Dad became pretty sick just over the last couple of months, apparently the cancer really did a job on him. It was so fast that we couldn't really contact his friends but, Bruce was right. He was a man who was quite firm in his beliefs, many of those controversial; but, he was still a friend of many. I will miss him with all my heart. Even though he did not want a funeral service, we will honor him with a celebration of his life in the near future.
Rhoda Russo
March 11, 2011
Rhoda Russo
March 11, 2011
Al was a principled revolutionary. For many years he faithfully picketed (by himself, if necessary) in opposition to war, imperialism, capitalism, union-busting, and other forms of injustice.
He was steadfast and courageous. We need more like him.
Rob Moir
March 11, 2011
I am sorry to hear this. Al was always a great guy, very dedicated, and a vital part of Red Bank. Will memorial service information be posted here?
Tom Skrobala
March 11, 2011
My husband and I knew Al for over 40 years, spent many years working with him. Our hearts are saddened by his passing and we will miss him. Our thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones, Rosanne and Jack Pingitore
March 11, 2011
So sorry for your loss.I played softball with Al for many years. He was quite a good pitcher and could hit as well.A man of controversial opinion, but someone you could talk with, argue with and still walk away as friends.Red Bank will miss Al.
Bruce Loversidge
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