Barb & Al were married in Brockville on June 13, 1964, shortly after Al graduated from Queen’s with a degree in Chemistry. They then moved to Kingston where Al pursued his studies earning a Ph.D. in 1970. Barb graduated from U. of T in 1965 with a degree in English.
In Kingston, Barb taught in elementary grades and then worked as the Junior Division Consultant for the Kingston Board until Al completed graduate school.
In 1970, Al accepted a Research Position with Polymer Corp., a synthetic rubber producer, in Sarnia. After one year in research, Al transferred to Operations, an area he remained in for the rest of his career. During the next 21 years, Al held many positions in the Polymer organization.
They have three children – Chris (1971) and twins, Tracy and Shelley (1975) who live in the Toronto / St. Catharines area. “In 2009 Tracy gave us our first and only grandchild, Edan, who has brought so much joy into our lives.”
When their children reached their early teens, Barb worked as a Christian Education Director at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church and then as an ESL teacher for new immigrant teens and adults.
In 1991, Al was offered a position at Laidlaw Environmental, a hazardous waste management company also located in Sarnia, which later was purchased by Safety-Kleen.
In 1997, Al was transferred to Londonderry New Hampshire in a VP position with Safety-Kleen. “We spent 5 great years making new friends and welcoming visiting family and Canadian friends while exploring New England.”
Al retired in 2002 and they returned to live in Kingston where they were able to be supportive of their family, especially their aging parents. Since retirement, Al has served on the Board of Managers and as a volunteer at the Mission Thrift Store and has volunteered in the preparation of income tax returns for low income families. Barb enjoys gardening, quilting and card making and wherever they have lived, they both continued to be very active in their church.
In 2005 while vacationing in Amish country and Gettysburg PA, Al, as a pedestrian, was hit by a car. Massive injuries kept him in the Lancaster, PA Hospital trauma unit for nearly a month and then a med flight returned them to Kingston where Al remained in rehab for another 6 weeks. Al’s brother, Jerry, was their rock and support as he came to Lancaster to stay with them until they returned to Kingston. “We thank God for an exceptional medical staff, and family and friends for seeing us through those many months of recovery.”
“From our teen years at BCI to the present we are grateful for our wonderful family and former, renewed, and new friends, who have blessed our lives so richly.”
Barb & Al