Message from Linda Altenburger
December 6, 2015 9:01 PM
As I am aging I find my memories tending to fade; however, not the many memories I shared with my Uncle Al. From wonderful family reunions, 4th of July block parties to family vacations in the Carolinas. I still recall going on visits to the Fire House with my Uncle and dad; as well as traveling together with my cousin to Father/Daughter dances coordinated through the Stuben Association. I can still see his gentle face and a genuine look of pride as he danced with his daughter (my cousin) and I with my dad. One of the fondest memories I have of my Uncle took place during the winter months when I realized how strong and patient he was while teaching us how to ski, with continued encouragement and determination....instilling the message to not give up but to keep on picking yourself up, dust yourself off and try again. Even in my adult years, I recall having the occasion to go skiing with my uncle and even then felt his support and guidance easing my fears. This is how "AL" lived his life...not giving into the fear but living life to its fullest while being there to support others.
I also remember how each winter, both he and my dad would spend hours and days/nights creating a huge winter wonderland ice skating "rink" in our backyard.It would be freezing outside and yet he would spend hours spraying water to freeze our backyard with magnificent icicles. We all learned how to ice skate in our back yard and had a ton of fun with family and friends coming over at night.
I truly miss my uncle Al as he was a man of integrity and warmth.
Message from Bruce Altenburger
November 8, 2015 3:34 PM
You are sorely missed by myself, our family, friends, and colleagues. Our solace is the good memories of our times and experiences with you. You were always there for us and others, and with words of good advice and guidance.
I can only hope to leave a fraction of the legacy you did in providing for us, and serving in the FDNY and the U.S. Army.
Love always, your son, Bruce
Message from Joe Walsh
October 28, 2015 8:55 AM
God Bless. Thank You Sir, and Family, for Years of Dedication & Service to the People of NYC.