Alan " Al" E. Malkasian
Alan "Al" E. Malkasian, 80, passed away on August 10, 2019 at Cape Cod Hospital surrounded by his loving family. Born in Worcester, MA on October 31, 1938, he was the son of the late Hagop and Caroline (Freeland) Malkasian. He is survived by his dedicated wife of 57 years, Barbara (Harrington) Malkasian, his 3 daughters: Christine and her husband Larry Smith of Harwich, MA, Lynn and her husband Paul DeVore, Jr., of Beltsville, MD and Kathy Malkasian of South Dennis, MA. He is also survived by his brother Neil Malkasian of Whitefish, MT. His pride and joy were his 8 grandchildren: Laura, Alison, Shannon and Kyle Smith; Rachel and Anna DeVore; and John and Jenna Richard.
He was raised in Auburn, MA and graduated from Auburn High School in 1956. He earned an Associate Degree in Industrial Engineering from Worcester Junior College; Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration at Nichols College; as well as earning his Master's in Education at Worcester State College. He was a Math Teacher for 33 years and retired from Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School in 1999.
His biggest passion in life was baseball. He signed as a Pitcher with the New York Yankees in 1961, and drafted and played for the LA Dodgers from 1962-1965. He continued his pitching career with the Boston Parks League for 16 years, retiring with a pitching record of 64-29, and was inducted into their Hall of Fame. He coached baseball in high school, Nichols College, American Legion, and the South County Orioles. In 1985, he was voted the New England Division III Coach of the Year. He was instrumental in bringing the Stan Musial Semi-Pro Baseball League to Worcester County in 1977. He continued his love of baseball by umpiring high school and college baseball games, American Legion, and the Stan Musial League, as well as in the Cape Cod Baseball League.
He loved Cape Cod and spent memorable summers in Wellfleet at Schuster's and now Harborside Village. Upon retiring, he moved to South Dennis, MA and was an active member of the Dennis Men's Golf League and wintered in Florida at Hutchinson Island.
He enjoyed sailing, reading, golfing, gardening, clamming, watching baseball, especially the Red Sox, and attending his children and grandchildren's activities. He loved his grandchildren and was their beloved "Gumpie". On his 80th birthday, his message to the family was that "Family is what matters most".
In lieu of flowers, gifts in memory of Al may be made to support Dr. John Stone's IgG4-related Disease Research at Massachusetts General Hospital. Gifts can be mailed to the Mass General Development Office, 125 Nashua Street, Suite 540, Boston, MA 02114-1101.
Visitation will be held at Doane Beal & Ames Funeral Home, 729 Route 134, South Dennis, MA on Wednesday August 14th from 4-6 pm. Memorial service will be held at First Congregational Church, 128 Central Street, Auburn, MA 01501 on Friday, August 16th at 11 am. Refreshments following the service in Fellowship Hall.
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Published by Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Aug. 12 to Aug. 13, 2019.