Aloysius J. Fess

January 18th, 2012
Aloysius Joseph Fess, fondly known as “Al” to his family and friends, died peacefully surrounded by his family on Wednesday, January 18, 2012, following a courageous battle with cancer. He was 85 years old. Al was a resident of Wilmington for the last several years and a former resident of Somerville, MA and Keene, NH.
Al was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on March 17, 1926, he was the cherished son of the late Aloysius John and Wilhelmina (Kramer) Fess. Al was raised and educated in Ohio, he enlisted in the United States Navy in 1944 during WWII. Al completed his Navy Training Course and was then commissioned to serve aboard the USS Lobia as an Engineman Third Class. Al served the country proudly, receiving several commendations for his war efforts, he was honorably discharged on March 14, 1950.
When Al returned from the service, he moved to Somerville, MA, where he lived for many years and raised his family. He was employed as an electrician for Boston University for over 22 years where he was a dedicated employee, he retired in September of 1990.
Al retired to Keene, New Hampshire, where he lived for 14 years, during that time he worked as a preventative maintenance manager at Keene State College and for the over 13 years, making many friends along the way with the faculty and students. Everyone loved Al.
Al moved to Wilmington several years ago and quickly became involved in the community, he was an active member of the Wilmington Senior Center where he did a lot of volunteer work and was a regular in the music room where he sang and his wife June played the piano. He was also parishioner at the Wilmington Congregational Church where he was very involved in their many social events and would volunteer to help whenever he could.
In his spare time, Al enjoyed following sports and was a self-proclaimed “Avid” Red Sox Fan.
Al will be remembered for his kindness, compassion, gentle nature, and sweet smile. He was devoted to his family and friends whom he loved unconditionally and he will be greatly missed by all.
Al was the beloved husband of June Fess, dear father of Daniel J. Fess of Port Richey, FL, Darryl J. Fess of Plainville, Dorothy L Harkins of Somerville, Dianne M. James of Wilmington, and Donald A. Fess of Townsend, step-father of Joseph Zec, David Zec, and Paul Zec all of Somerville, Peter Zec of Malden, Caroline Patridge of Wilton, NH, and the late Mary D’Angelis, loving “Papa” of Leigh Gerow, Lynda Harkins, Kelly James, Karen James, Kimberly James, Ryan Fess, Colby Fess, Julianna Fess, Charlie Fess, Cameron Fess, Phillip Higgins and great-grandchildren Jose Rojas-James, Xavier and Lorenzo Rojas- Del Los Santos, Brandon and Tyler Nevarez. Al was also the beloved husband of the late Thelma Fess who passed in 1988 .
Visiting Hours will be held on Friday, January 20th from 4-7 p.m. in the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington. Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service on Saturday, January 21st at 11:00 a.m. in the Wilmington Congregational Church, 220 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington. In lieu of flowers donations in Al’s memory may be made to the Sawtelle Family Hospice House, 320 Haverhill St., Reading, MA 01867 or to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.

13 Entries in Guest Book for “Aloysius J. Fess”

  1. Dan and Margi says:

    We miss you already Dad but are glad you are now at peace. We will always love you and cherish our memories of “Big Al”.

  2. Donald Fess says:

    I could not have asked for a better dad.
    Be at peace dad and enjoy the rest. You earned it.

  3. Janet Gustafson says:

    Julianna and I will always cherish our memories of Papa Al …. he was a loving grandfather to her and a second father to me …. his sweet, loving face and his happy dance will always make my soul smile. I can remember him holding my face in his hands when he would tell me he loved me ….. such a lovely man. Forever in my heart.

  4. Shirley Lounsbury says:

    To the Fess Family
    I am so sorry for the loss of your dad. They didn’t come any better. I’ll always remember all the nieces and nephews calling him “Uncle Al the kiddies Pal!!” He will never be forgotten and always in our hearts.

  5. Gloria Lodge says:

    As an employee of Keene State, I loved to run into Al on campus. The last time I saw him, I told him that seeing him always lifted my day. His happiness was contagious, his smile so genuine. He told me that he was glad we ran into each other, because that day was his last day at KSC. Since then, I’ve thought of him on occassion and wondered how he was doing. Al was a true gentleman and how he lived his life is an example that we all can follow. Heaven will be a happier place with Al there.

  6. Donna Hersey says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss!

  7. Susan Perkins says:

    To the Fess family,
    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I have such wonderful happy memories of my Uncle Al. He always had a smile on his face and a story to tell. I am grateful I was able to bring dad to visit with him a couple of months ago. It was so sweet seeing the two of them talking about the old days and picking up where they left off! I’ll miss my Uncle Al. He’s now at peace. Love to all

  8. LORNA BANGS says:

    To Dottie and family. Your father seemed like quite the man and also he loved God, please know that he is in heaven and is holding a place for you and your family. God bless you. Love Lorna

  9. Steve and Jackie Lucas says:

    To the Fess Family,

    We are sorry to hear of the passing of your father and ‘papa’. He always had a smile on his face and was so such a happy go lucky guy, and we loved listening to his stories. Our family has great memories of Al and his family. Now he’s in heaven telling his stories. God Bless.
    Steve, Jackie and Katie Lucas

  10. george and marie says:

    we met Al and June a few years back and fell in love with them. Al was such a fun person. we would visit and play cards and have lots of laugh. he is truly missed. we know he is in a beautiful place now. May you rest in peace Al. love, Marie and George

  11. Robbie says:

    For starters: I would never have had a clue Aloysius was AL-OH-ISH-US, but I saw it on your time sheet week after week when you were at B.U.

    I can’t thank you enough for being a mentor while I was an electricain’s apprentice at B.U. Almost 40 years later I am still thriving at B.U. thanks to the wisdom you imparted.

    I had no car when I first started at B.U. You picked me up each morning and drove me home at night—for almost a year. You taught me to use a seat belt back when no one used them.

    I got to see your son “Donnie” go through the same process of apprenticeship I endured at B.U.

    By the way, I did what you asked in 1990—to the best of my ability—it worked out better than you may ever have expected.

    Thanks for taking me under your wing.

    Robbie Lohnes

  12. donna maguire says:

    I used to see mr fess every week when he came to 3se lahey….I became he became a very special person in my life…so sorry he is left us…I will miss his smiling face every week….he loved his family,….

  13. Fran Sullivan says:

    Sorry for your loss of youy father. Al was always pleasant to be around, and always treated everyone with respect. Al couldn’t do enough for his family.

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