Alexander "Sandy" Katz
1941 - 2021
February 14, 1941
January 17, 2021

Alexander "Sandy" Katz

QUEENSBURY - Alexander "Sandy" Katz, 79, died on January 17, 2021, at his home in Queensbury.

Born in Manhattan and raised in Brooklyn, Al fondly recalled childhood adventures of exploring

the city every Saturday without parental supervision as well as swimming at Brighton Beach and engaging in shenanigans at Coney Island.

He graduated from Rhodes Preparatory School in 1959 and attended New York University.

Al's love of skiing and socializing prompted him to join Ski Spree, which allowed him to escape

the city during the winter months. Through Ski Spree, he met Angela, also a member, at a dude

ranch in the Catskills. They were married in 1968.

Relocating to Glens Falls in 1969, Al began a career as an insurance agent, which was like

hitting the proverbial jackpot because it enabled him to kibbitz with people from all walks of life.

After nearly 30 years, he switched careers and worked for 10 years in sales at The Great

Escape, another job that paid him to talk with people.

When Al "retired," in addition to being a conductor on the Saratoga and North Creek Railway's Polar Express, he became a fixture at Gore Mountain. First working as a greeter, then as a starter for Nastar, he reached his forever home running the Lost and Found. Working at Gore

enabled him to remain an active participant in the pursuit of joy that ski culture inspires.

Never one to sit still, Al was as generous with his time as he was loquacious. He was a member

of the Lake George Chamber of Commerce and Lake George Rotary Club.

Over the years, he volunteered with Meals on Wheels, provided rides to doctor's appointments for those in need, coordinated transportation for the Glens Falls Hometown Thanksgiving and was a fireman with the Queensbury Central Volunteer Fire Company.

They broke the mold when Al was born and his colorful personality will be fondly remembered.

Al is survived by his wife, Angela Katz; daughter, Elissa Valenti; and grandchildren, Max and


Special mention must be made of the Oncology department at Glens Falls Hospital, especially

Dr. Gillani, whose talents gave Al many extra years. The family also extends heartfelt

appreciation for the care and compassion provided by Karrian and April with High Peaks


A private service will be held at the convenience of the family.

Messages of condolence and sympathy may be sent directly to Baker Funeral Home, 11 Lafayette St., Queensbury, NY 12804 or through

Memorial donations may be made to the Cancer Research Institute, 29 Broadway, Floor 4, New

York, NY 10006-3111 or High Peaks Hospice, 454 Glen Street, Glens Falls, NY 12801.

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Al was a fun guy! I enjoyed seeing him holding down the fort in the cafeteria at Kesselring and hiding out in the lost & found at Gore. He also has a Valentine’s Day birthday twin at Kesselring. It was fun to roast & toast them with a funny Valentine’s/ birthday cake for everyone to see. Sorry for your loss!
Sherra Pazmino
January 25, 2021
Sandy will be missed, our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time. He was a very beloved member of our Hometown Thanksgiving family. Hilary & Kimberly Tompkins
Hilary Tompkins
January 24, 2021
Al you left us with so many wonderful memories. Our deepest sympathies to your family. We will miss you our dear friend Sandy!
Pam & Lee Corsones
January 23, 2021
Sandy you will be so missed! You were like my 2nd dad when it came to our family ski weekends.
Lisa Soifer
January 22, 2021
Al and I 1st met when we conducted on the Polar Express. We put that one to bed and then went on to Kesselring. We were still actively working on that project when Al's years long fights with various cancers finally overcame him.
Al was an expert in the locations of culinary treasures throughout Warren County and new everyone. He guided me thru many different experiences probably the most memorable being several months ago at Johnny Rockets where on learning Al was there for lunch those who he had worked with there for years began to stop by to visit with us. It was after about 2 hours of visitors to include the general manager who travelled there from the main office several miles away the greetings and accolades for Al that I really got to see Al from all sides. He was as others pointed out very gracious with everyone. In his last couple of months we were able to continue to dine out and eventually in with one of Al's favorites - Sashimi. I am sure that this was his 1st meal as he now looks down on us from above!

John Vary
john vary
January 22, 2021
Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Although it has been awhile since we have seen you, we have fond memories of when we were neighbors and of times spent together. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Bev and Ben Davis
Beverly Davis
January 22, 2021
Very sorry for your loss.
Nancy Laflure
January 21, 2021
Sandy you will be missed! We could always count on you for a smart comment and a smile! I will miss you in Rotary. Rest In Peace. Condolences to your family.
Helen and Imre Tobias
January 21, 2021
Al was a great friend and colleague when he and I worked at Sears in the electronics department. Al knew how to make all of us "younger" guys laugh, and taught us to not take life too seriously. It was always a good day when you saw him "sauntering" down the aisle, past the big appliances to our corner of the store. We always ran into each other around town, and always had to catch up on what life was doing. I'll miss running into him, his friendly jabs, and good spirited humor. My condolences go to his family.
Ryan Williams
January 21, 2021
Al was a long time employee here at Gore Mtn. His friendly smile and conversations will be missed.
Gail Setlock
January 21, 2021
Our heartfelt condolences are with you and prayers for comfort as you journey through this time of loss. It was our honor to have Alex as a member of the fire company . Rest in heaven brother, until we meet again.
Queensbury Central Volunteer Fire Company
January 21, 2021
Sending my condolences to Als family. I am so honored to have know such a giving and caring soul. His stories remain embedded in my heart forever. The laughs, the heart to heart talks, the passion he had for being with others. He was always grateful for his time here on Earth he told me. I asked him when he was going to really retire? He said I want to work till I can't work anymore. That will be when I'm ready to leave this world. I'm sure he's busy in heaven right now looking after all of us. His smile was contagious his humor was infectious and his love of life and family was undeniable. Even though I only met AL a few years ago it felt like we'd known each other forever. He was truly a great friend and he will be missed by many.
Joyce Azukas
January 20, 2021
Was a good man.Will be missed.He was such a good friend to me.
John Bottillo
January 20, 2021
I am very sorry for your loss. I worked at Dr. SOIFER . I always enjoyed talking to him
Carole Sutliff
January 20, 2021
HometownThanksgiving Committee
January 20, 2021
Al was a regular at my store. I could count on a good conversation with a contagious smile from him! He will be greatly missed but never forgotten!
Christina habshi
January 20, 2021
My deepest sympathy to you and your family. Your neighbor Peggy Harris Nobles.
peggy nobles
January 20, 2021
I worked with Al at Gore for many years. He was one of a kind, a great guy.
john sniezyk
January 20, 2021
RIP Cousin Sandy!! He was so loved and respected by all who knew him.
Sherri Herman
January 20, 2021
I had the pleasure of working with Al and enjoyed the many stories he told about his younger days. One of my favorite stories was about his time at Woodstock. He will be sorely missed and one of his greatest qualities was he never complained. My deepest sympathies to his family. Al sure was one of a kind, we could use more Al's in the world today.
Andrea Huggins
January 20, 2021
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Angela and Elissa and family. May Al rest in peace.
Bob and Lou Balogh
January 20, 2021
I wish to extend my deepest condolences to Al's wife, Angela, daughter Elissa, and his dear grandchildren. I met Al while working with him at KSO and developed a fulfilling friendship with him. No matter what kind of day Al was having, he always made the best of it by sharing kind words to say or share a story. We shared a lot of laughs that's for sure. I will always remember him as a very kind, caring, warm, and thoughtful person who cared about those around him and his loving family. May God comfort you and know that Al will be remembered by the many lives he touched. Farewell my friend.
Mike Edwards
January 19, 2021
Al was the sweetest man. I had the pleasure of working with Al at his last career at the Kesselring Site. He was a delight to be around. I truly enjoyed every conversation we shared. His smile is forever in my heart. I will miss you.
Cheryl Caza
January 19, 2021
How appropriate that Al's birthday was Valentine's Day! He was a kind and friendly soul on the Navy facility where we met doing security work. I enjoyed working and chatting with him and will miss his smile.
Bill Schmeelcke
January 19, 2021
RIP Our Unforgettable Friend
Darlene McCleary
January 19, 2021
I would like to extend my sincere condolences to Al's family. I knew Al briefly from my working at the Kesselring site but thoroughly enjoyed our conversations when we worked together. He had a full life which he enjoyed sharing and I enjoyed hearing.
His passing is a loss to more than his family.
Frank Capone
January 19, 2021