Allan M. Mallette Jr.
1923 - 2020
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Allan M. Mallette, Jr.

Horseheads - Allan M. Mallette Jr, 96, of Horseheads passed away Wednesday, January 22, 2020 peacefully at Guthrie Corning Hospital surrounded by his loving family after a brief illness. Al was born April 8, 1923 in Ogdensburg, NY, the son of the late Allan Sr and Glendora Haynes Mallette. He spent much of his early life living with his maternal grandparents in Milan, MI, which resulted in a lifelong love of the Detroit Tigers baseball team and the University of Michigan football. He later returned to Elmira and graduated from Elmira Free Academy. He was a US Coast Guard Veteran who proudly served our country in the Pacific during World War II. Upon his return from the war he met and married the love of his life, Teresa Lowery Mallette in the first ever triple wedding ceremony in Elmira with two of Teresa's sisters, Marie to Karl Stricker and Alice to Harry Erway Jr. They were known as the "Big Three" and their anniversary was celebrated like a holiday yearly with their families, usually at Keuka Lake. In addition of his parents he was pre-deceased by his brother and sister-in-law Glenn and Sylvia Mallette and sister and brother-in -law Norma with her first husband Louis Wood and second husband William Cumminsky. Also sister-in- law Doris Mallette. Sisters-in-law and Brothers-in-law Marie and Karl Stricker, Alice and Harry Erway, Doris and John Kiff, E Richard Wade, Helen Campbell, grandson Gregory Allan Gardner and granddaughter Katie Jo Gardner Thomason, stepson Mark Milford. He is survived by daughter Linda Mallette Gardner of Horseheads, and son and daughter-in-law Allan III and Fanniebelle Mallette of Newark, NY. Grandchildren Krisanne (Jamie) Gardner Brown, Anthony Thomason, Allan Mallette IV, Jennifer Mallette. Great grandchildren Marissa, Nicholas, Avalin and Griffin Brown, Abigail and Noah Thomason, Jalen, Ara and Abigail Bel, Zachary and Lexia Mallette, great-great-grandchildren Kasey Blodgett and Raeghan Brown. Also survived by one brother Ronald Mallette of Cheektowaga, sister-in- law Carolyn Wade of Vestal, brother-in-law Wm. Michael Lowery of Horseheads, Carl Campbell of Rochester, several nieces and nephews. After the death of his wife of 52 years, Teresa, he rekindled a relationship from his youth and married DeSales Milford in 1999. She and her children Steven (Judy) Milford, Connie (Dan) O'Herron, Scott (Michelle) Milford, Thomas (Eileen) Milford, Dorothy (Andre) Poppleton, Denise Lively, as well as several grandchildren and great grandchildren survive him. Al was a retired sports editor (38 years) of the Elmira Star Gazette. During his illustrious career he was instrumental in organizing and was a charter member of many local sports events and organizations too numerous to mention. He was also the recipient of many sports writing awards. He was inducted into several Halls of Fame. He is the author of two books on metro Elmira sports, "100 Years of Glory" and "Best of the 20th Century" He followed the career of Heisman Trophy winner Ernie Davis from small fry football in Elmira, standout athlete for EFA, Syracuse University to Cleveland Browns. He was the first to refer to Ernie Davis as the Elmira Express at a football game in Pittsburg. Over the years he was a member and volunteer of many organizations including Elmira Kiwanis Club, YMCA, Horseheads Elks, Elmira Heights American Legion, Meals on Wheels, and the Clemens Center. At his request there will be no calling hours. Family and friends are invited to his Mass of Christian Burial at St Mary our Mother Church, 816 Broad St. Horseheads, NY at 11 AM Monday January 27, 2020 followed by burial in Woodlawn National Cemetery where Full Military Honors will be Accorded Mr. Mallette. Arrangements entrusted to the LYNCH FUNERAL HOME 318 WEST BROAD STREET HORSEHEADS, NY. Those wishing may remember Al with memorials to Care First, SPCA or charity of choice.

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Published in Star-Gazette from Jan. 22 to Jan. 24, 2020.
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January 28, 2020
the passing of dear All have been a very heavy blow to us. We always cherished hes friendship over the years. even so we are far away, it didn't matter, good friends are not far away, but always in our mind and heart. We will miss him. Rest in pace and now you will be visiting to your dearest wife Teresa.
Mike and Teresa F White
Mike and Teresa White
January 25, 2020
Linda and Dusty,
I am so sorry to hear about Al's passing. I consider myself fortunate to have known both Al and Teresa. They were a class act. How lucky you were to have had them for parents. My sincere condolences.
Becky Lepak
Becky Lepak
January 25, 2020
I knew Al for many years. He was so good at writing sports articles for the Star-Gazette . I remember his stories about the great Ernie Davis and he was the first to name him the "Elmira Express" and made a great movie about Ernie called "The Express". He will be greatly missed but he left many good memories to thousands of sports readers in the Elmira area. Ed Merritt ex Horsehead's Golf coach.
January 24, 2020
Thinking of your family during this incredibly difficult time.
Sharon Emery
January 24, 2020
Al was such a sweet man. Always put a smile on my face when I took care of him. He always made me laugh. He was a pleasure to meet and care for. My condolences to the family.
Raeanna Savey
January 24, 2020
Thoughts and prayers to the family of this amazing , kind and loving man. From the first day at Bethany , Al and I quickly became friends. His smile and awesome,personality will always be in my heart,, fly high AL,, you are definitely an angel in heaven , just like you were to me here.. I know I can be sure you are watching over all of us, because you never wanted to miss a thing,, !! You will definitely be missed . ❤❤
sharon AUSTIN
January 24, 2020
Sorry for your loss al was a great man he will be missed
Patrick Church
January 24, 2020
Al Mallette was a one of a kind sports reporter and sports editor. He never forgot the youth sports programs and always gave us his personal touch when writing articles rather than just giving us the results and scores. He provided insights into the area high school coaches and programs. His impact on sports history in the area will be forever missed. The banquets and gathering of local sports heroes and contributors brought the community together and allowed us to all relive those precious moments. His writings and presence in the local news was immediately missed when he retired. Thanks for the memories Al.
Bob Coughlin
January 23, 2020
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January 23, 2020
Always enjoyed my visit with Al and talking about local sports. It has been quite a few years since I have seen Al. The last time was on my trip back to Elmira from Albuquerque and we had lunch at Bus Horigans. Wonderful man.

Mike Flaherty
Mike Flaherty
January 23, 2020
Linda & Dusty...
So sad to read of your dad's passing. I remember all the fun we all had 'back in the day' on Liberty Street. And all the times we shared at Dunn Field - we even got to sit in the press box a few times. What memories... I visited your dad many many times at Bethany and we always reminisced about 'the old days', laughing a lot. Sad yes... but the memories remain of a great man that treated all us 'kids' with kindness and love. R.I.P. Al... job well done!!!
Jerry Tompkins
January 23, 2020
Love and prayers to All the family♥
I loved Uncle Al. He always made me feel special.
He will always be remembered
Joanne & Larry Peele
Joanne Peele
January 23, 2020
Please accept our condolences ....Al was liked by everyone and his reporting of sports was something we looked forward to....He will be missed by many...
Dick and Barb DeGolyer
January 22, 2020
To the Mallette family,

I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your loved one. I was so blessed to meet Al and to get to know him. He was such a kind man.

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

God Bless,
Mary. (ECA) Bethany Manor
Mary Manoogian
January 22, 2020
Linda and Dusty, very sorry to hear about your Dad. Wonderful Gentlemen and excellent sports Writer. We miss him at the Barber Shop. I did get to see him last year at Bethany. Our prayers are with you and your family. God bless you all.
Craig and RICK Milazzo
January 22, 2020
Dear "Dusty" (Al III),
Sorry to read of your Dad's passing. He was a great community builder here in Elmira. The greatest historian of local sports around. May you be comforted by the memories of all the good times. Sorry I am unable to attend the services but thoughts and prayers are with you.
Bill Caroscio
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