Flemming, Albert Newton – Passed away July 17, 2018. Albert was the eldest son of the late George and Pansy (Zwicker) Flemming.
Al is survived by his wife, Cathy (Hill); his children, Francine Flemming, Bert (Valerie), Jennifer Hubley (Todd), Sandra Flemming; his precious grandchildren, Jessica Rines, Janisha Flemming, Mason Flemming, Megan Hubley, Zwicker Flemming, Vivian Flemming; his beloved sister, Coreen Flemming (Frances Aspinall); his uncle, Marlin Zwicker (Ruth); his nieces, nephews and cousins. Al was predeceased by his brother, Darrell; sister-in-law, Vivian; his first wife, Gloria Bushie.
Al’s early schooling in Shubenacadie was followed by King’s College in Windsor where his mom sent him in hopes that he would aspire to a career – anything but truck driving. His mother’s influence as municipal clerk and his service as a page-boy at the provincial legislature left him with a love of politics. A two-year stint in the air force and bookkeeping for Elm Avenue Dairy were both left for mechanics and driving a truck. He lived in Ontario and Alberta in the 1960’s before he settled again in Nova Scotia. Al worked for Day & Ross for 22 years in various positions, ending his career as an owner-operator for Same Day Courier on the bank run.
After retirement, he picked up his interest in politics as a Councillor for the Municipality of East Hants for two terms, which he thoroughly enjoyed. Al was also active in his community in Scouting, Lions Club, Shubenacadie Legion, Truro Transportation Club, Preeper Hill Cemetery and Shubenacadie United Church, where he was a lifelong member. Al built his dream cottage, the “A”, at Petpeswick Inlet, Musquodoboit Harbour. Many, many nails and a level were his credo. He repaired canoes and built a cedar strip canoe for Coreen. Adventurous trips followed for many summers. Albert was a man of few words. His gruff exterior covered his tender feelings for his kids and grandkids. His wife cherishes all the memories. He will be missed.
Cremation has taken place under the direction of Arimathea Funeral Cooperative, Upper Musquodoboit. Visitation will be held at noon on Saturday, August 18, with Legion service, Lions tribute and Celebration of Life beginning at 1 p.m., all in Shubenacadie United Church, Rev. Martin Reid officiating. Reception to follow in the church hall. Donations may be made to Shubenacadie United Church or Shubenacadie Legion.
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