Albert “Al” Curtis Spaulding, dear husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle and friend to many, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, in Fairfield, Calif. He was 91 years old.
Mr. Spaulding was born on April 30, 1922, to Jay Earle and Josephine Evelyn Spaulding in Detroit. He was a devout Roman Catholic, who faithfully shared his beliefs through many different opportunities such as prison ministry and support for P.I.M.E. Foreign Missions.
He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Hallejean; daughters, Anne Griffin (Russell) and Louise Kegel; grandchildren, Benjamin, Olivia, Katy (Jeff) and Sarah; great-grandson, Griffin Clark; sister and brother-in-law, Jean and John Dutton; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and other extended family and friends. He was preceded in death by his brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Marleen Spaulding.
Al served in the United States Army Air Corps in World War II, then entered the University of Detroit, where he received his bachelor’s degree, then a master’s degree from Wayne State University. He began a career in education that spanned four decades, as a teacher first in the Charwood School District, then Van Dyke Public School District in Warren, Mich., where he became a principal. Al’s dedication to education left a lifelong impression on his students and their families, as well as the teachers and staff he mentored. Following his retirement from education, he worked with his lifelong friend Peter Spurck at the Meadowbrook Theater on the campus of Oakland University.
His advice on life and marriage was that “true love, like a fine wine, gets better as time passes . . . with love and faith in God . . . the bills, the petty arguments, heartaches and everyday disappointments that come life’s way won’t amount to anything, because, although God does allow these things to happen, He sure does throw a lot of happiness in the ‘pot,’ things like two little girls whom I love very, very much and countless other things that make it all worthwhile.”
Viewing will be from 2 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, with a rosary at 7 p.m. at Fairfield Funeral Home, 1750 Pennsylvania Ave. The funeral mass will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, at at Holy Spirit Church in Fairfield, Calif., with Father Michael Downey officiating. Burial will be at Sacramento Valley National Cemetery, 5810 Midway Road in Dixon, Calif.
In lieu of flowers, donations to P.I.M.E. Foreign Missions, 17330 Quincy Ave., Detroit, MI 48221, or to Holy Spirit Church, 1050 N. Texas St., Fairfield, Calif. 94533 would be appreciated.
Arrangements are under the care of Fairfield Funeral Home, 707-425-1041.