1927 - 2020
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Malden, MA
SPARKS, Albert Bailey The scion of the Malden, MA-based department store chain, Sparks Department Stores, passed away on June, 20, 2020, at the age of 93. Mr. Sparks, along with his brother and long-term business partner George Sparks, expanded their mother and father's dry goods store to seven department stores located throughout New England. He and his family members were early pioneers in the discount department store world, and Sparks was a mainstay of Malden until its closing in 2014. The store was part of downtown Malden life for 94 years. Albert was a devoted husband to his wife Myrna Ellen Sparks for over 65 years, who passed away in 2018. He is survived by his four daughters and sons-in-law, Lorri and Dr. George Kleiner, Joan and Richard Kessel, Debra and Douglas Stevens and Amy and Bill Kremer; in addition to grandchildren, Jeffrey and Brooke Kessel, Bradley and Rebecca Kessel, Rachel Moran and Mathew Moran, and great-grandson Noah Kessel. Albert was born on April, 5, 1927 in Malden to Rose and David Sparks. His father was an immigrant from the small village of Hoshcha, in Western Ukraine. Albert was the last survivor of his siblings May, George and Harold. He loved his siblings dearly. Mr. Sparks always had a special place in his heart for downtown Malden. He was an active member of the Rotary, and in 2012, the Malden Chamber of Commerce awarded him the Lifetime Achievement Award for his decades of service to the City of Malden. He was also a 69-year Masonic member of the Converse Lodge in Melrose, and received a 50-year veteran's level award in 2000. In 2017, he and his wife Myrna were honored for being members of Temple Emanu-El in Marblehead for 50 years. Albert served in the Coast Guard during World War II, and later graduated Bates College in Lewiston, ME. He was an avid golfer and a former member of Kernwood Country Club in Salem and Boca West Country Club in Florida. He was a man of principle and ethics, known for his kindness, generosity and love of family and friends. He was respected and loved by many, and his wife and four daughters were devoted to him. His Funeral will be private, however, a public Memorial Service will be announced at a future date, post Covid-19 restrictions. Donations in his memory may be made to Temple Emanu-El in Marblehead, MA, at or Rotary Club of Malden's Scholarship Fund at P.O. Box 625, Malden, MA 02148. Goldman Funeral Chapel - Malden

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I will ever forget that store! Went often to Malden square with my Mom and Grandmother. I was so surprised that it had closed.
April 24, 2021
Lois and I sent our heartfelt thoughts and sympathy. And so many wonderful memories.
Take care,
Julie Greenbaum
julie greenbaum
July 9, 2020
a loved one
June 30, 2020
Mr. Albert was such a wonderful man. I worked for him for 13 years. He was a very special person, and was loved by all. My heart goes out to his family. I am so sorry for your loss. He will be sadly missed.

Rosanne Polleys
Rosanne Polleys
July 1, 2020
I was able to have the opportunity to know this wonderful man. My mom first started working at Sparks in 1992 I than followed in high school in 1997 my dad also followed in early 2000. The trademark working there is Family, that's what it was all about. So many great memories I have with Albert and his family stay close to my heart and always will, they did so much that i could keep typing. I had worked up to the closing day which was bitter sweet when we called him on the phone that day. If you want to know someone who had a great boss ask my mom and I. Our prayers and sympathy are with all of the Sparks Family at this time. Sending Love to you all.
Dawn Yenowskas
June 27, 2020
Dawn Yenowskas
June 27, 2020
Albert was one of the sweetest, kindest men in
the world!!!! Will always remember him in loving
memories Sorry for your loss
Geraldine Swartz
June 23, 2020
I will always remember Albert in his beautiful outfits coming to visit you. He was always so happy to see Jeff and Brad. Enjoy your memories.
Karen Rostoff
June 21, 2020
I will miss you Mr. Albert as you were a treasure to work for and it was such a joy to work for your family all those years from 1978-2014. I will never forget you or your brother George and what you meant to me and my family. May you rest in heavenly peace.
Rita Tecce
June 21, 2020
Met my future wife in Sparks Dept. Store. A few days after JFK was shot. 1963. Today we're celebrating our 50th annv. It all started in Sparks.
Jack Drane
June 21, 2020
RIP MR SPARKS And thank you for that wonderful store my family had the pleasure to shop at for many years
Pk Klerowski
June 21, 2020
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