Albert E. Pels, Jr of Hancock, NH, and formerly of New Jersey, died on June 28, 2013 at Dartmouth Hitchcock Hospital in Lebanon, NH. Al, the son of Albert Edward Pels and Edna Fall Pels, was born in Hoboken, NJ on May 15, 1922.
His childhood was spent in Hoboken and Montclair, NJ and following his marriage to Elizabeth "Betty" Voorhees Pels on October 27, 1951 they lived in Verona, West Caldwell, and Allendale NJ. After Al's retirement from the American Can Company, where he worked in training, Betty and he moved to Hancock, NH where they lived for the past 25 years.
Al received his undergraduate degree in English from Wesleyan University in Middletown CT in 1943. Following graduation, he served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army during World War II in Fort Dix, NJ where he worked in the medical wards.
In 1947 Al and friends started the Montclair Ski Club where he twice served as President and was on the Board of Directors. Al was instrumental in the building of the MSC Ski Lodge at Mad River Glen ski area in Fayston, VT. The Pels family enjoyed many winters at Mad River Glen and the extended family of MSC members.
Al was a active member of the National Ski Patrol for 62 years and proudly patrolled at Mad River Glen, Great Gorge/Vernon Valley and Ragged Mountain. He was a former Eastern Division Director and National Board Member as well as Regional Director for New Jersey, and most recently was the Eastern Division Alumni Advisor.
Al is survived by his son Chris, daughter Diane and husband Doug, son Jim and wife Karen, and five grandchildren. He is predeceased by his loving wife of 59 years, Betty, who died March 17, 2011.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday July 7th at 4:00 p.m. at The First Congregational Church of Hancock, 47 Main Street, Hancock, NH. Burial will take place on Monday July 8th at the Mt. Hebron Cemetery, Valley Road, Upper Montclair, NJ followed by a 4:00 p.m. memorial service at the Union Congregational Church, Cooper Avenue, Montclair, NJ.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the National Ski Patrol Eastern Division Scholarship Fund c/o David J. Nelson, Fund Chairman, 2 Terrace Road, Boonton, NJ 07005. Please state the contribution is for Al Pels of Hancock, NH. http://www.nspeast.org/html/memfund.htm
Jellison Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. An online obituary can be found at www.jellisonfuneralhome.com.