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Albert Allison Ripley – May 1, 1932 – April, 12, 2009

In loving remembrance of Albert Allison Ripley, whose death occurred at the Dryden Regional Health Centre on Easter Sunday, April 12, 2009, at the age of 76 years.

Albert Allison Ripley – May 1, 1932 to April 12, 2009

Al was born on May 1, 1932 in Kinistino, Sask-atchewan to parents Edward and Cleo Ripley.  He joined brothers Jimmy and Dan, and sister Bea.  The family later moved to Prince Albert, Saskatchewan and Sherridon, Manitoba, where Al received his schooling.  Brother Bob would complete the family while they lived in Sherridon.
Albert spent three years in the Armed Forces -Strathcona Horse before coming to Dryden in 1952 to join brothers Jimmy and Dan working in the family’s Black and White Taxi Company.  It was during this time that he would meet the love of his life, Patricia Burns.
Al and Pat were married on July 3, 1953, with

son Dale being born in 1954.  Their second son Dan followed in 1960, at which time the family moved to their new home on Casimir Avenue.
Al was employed at the Dryden Paper Company where he worked for over 38 years, retiring in 1991.
During his early adult years, Al’s love of music began and he was a drummer with the Lori Brady Quartet.  Pat and Al were busy raising their young family, but still found time to socialize with their friends and family, and often made the trip to Portage la Prairie to visit with Al’s parents.  Camping was another favourite pastime of the Ripley family and many summer holidays were spent this way.
In 1975, Al and Pat moved to their current home on Colonization Avenue.  They spent many enjoyable years in their new home and beautiful back yard.  It was during this time that Pat and Al began their love of traveling, making seven trips to Hawaii, many trips with their travel trailer to the Southern United States, as well as taking a few cruises.  More recently, Al and Pat were able to spend the winter months in Marco Island, Florida.
Al’s other hobbies, besides his love of music and dancing with “His Pat”, included reading, drawing and puttering around the house and yard, which he thoroughly enjoyed.  The diaries and albums he created will be sources of comfort for Pat and the family in the future.
In 2003, Al and Pat were thrilled to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with family and friends.  They were grateful to have been able to reach this milestone together!
Al is survived by the family he loved so much: his cherished wife and best friend, Pat; sons Dale (Cathy) of Dryden, and Dan of Winnipeg, Manitoba; three grandchildren, Tricia, Paul and Shaun; three great-grandchildren, Brittney, Darion and Courtney; and his two brothers, Jim of Abbotsford, B.C., and Bob (Vera) of Winnipeg, Manitoba.
He is also survived by his sisters-in-law Mona Euler, Vi Wolanin and Ann Burns, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Albert was predeceased by his mother Cleo (1971) and father Edward (1988), as well as his brother Dan (1985) and sister Beatrice Yurichuck (1985).
A memorial service for Albert Allison Ripley was held on Friday, April 17th at 2:00 p.m., at the First United Church with Alice Bloomfield officiating.  Cremation has taken place.
If friends so desire, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or SPCA through the Stevens Funeral Homes “Moffat Chapel” P.O. Box 412, Dryden ON P8N 2Z1. Condolences may be e-mailed to sympathy subject: Ripley

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