Alan Townley Straus was born on January 6, 1939 to Martin Straus and Ida Scholes Straus. He was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, where he met Gerry, his spouse of 51 years. Al was very proud to have served in the Navy, having been stationed on the USS Forrestal.
After discharge, he worked as a systems program analyst in Los Angeles, California until his retirement in 1994. Al volunteered with Meals on Wheels and visited elderly in the nursing home. Al was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Denver, NC.
Al was preceded in death by both parents and four of his siblings. He is survived by his wife, Gerry, and his son, Tim of Casselberry, Florida, as well as his sister Penny Uyhoven of Massapequa Park, NY, brother-in-law Vincent Grennon of Payson, AZ, sister-in’law and brother-in-law, Camille and John Palancia of Howell, NJ, and many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.
Al will be sadly missed by family, friends and his church family at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Denver, NC
Al was a wonderful spirit and will be sorely missed. He always had a smile that was so infectious. I considered him a dear friend and will greatly miss him.
My thoughts, prayers and love are with you Gerry. I’m here for you day or night.
Dear Gerry I am so sorry for your loss he was such a great man. My condolences to you and the family. My prayers are with you. If you need me I am hear for you. Love Mary Ann & Nick
He was a good friend to both Joe and I. Loved the emails and we will miss him very much. Always happy to hear from him.
Gerry and Al are in our prayers
Al was a good friend to Sharon and I. He gave me advice and took time to share. Sharon and I had dinners together with Al and Gerry which always resulted in much laughter. We will miss him dearly.
Gerry- we are never too far away if you need us.
See you soon….God bless!
Prayers and condolences to Gerry, Tim and family. Al will be missed by all of us who were fortunate to know him. It seemed like he made friends everywhere we went. So thankful for all the times we spent together to have those happy memories. We miss him already.
Al’s passing has left a huge void in this world. He was larger than life. He played a major role in Jim’s life since they were kids. Oh the stories Al told!, the memories he shared. He was a good and dear friend to us both and will be missed beyond words. Gerry, we love you and pray you can take comfort in knowing how much he loved you.
Always enjoyed our spontaneous breakfast meetings and our sarcastic banter. We will miss him dearly.
So very sad to hear about Al. He was a loving, caring man. He never met a stranger. The world is a little sadder without him. May perpetual light shine upon him.
Dear Gerry….. I am so sad to hear about AL! As you know, I had the privilege of working along side of Al for 20+ years at MWD here in Los Angeles. Al’s caring heart has helped so many people both on the job and away from the job. Everybody liked Al and there was never a person that he couldn’t make laugh. Gerry, we will be praying for you and family during this challenging time….keeping you in our thoughts and prayers!
Gerry, I am so sorry to hear of Al’s passing. This is really a shock, as I had been wondering the past few days why no e-mail from him. I always looked forward to what was coming next. He was a good man, and will be sorely missed. Prayers for you during this sad time..
Gerry, I’ve been keeping you in my heart. Me Straus was such a fine gentleman to care for! Thank you for sharing your smiles with me!
We were saddened to hear of the death of Al. May God grant him eternal rest. We will keep him in our prayers. God bless you.
Joe and Lidia Cutonilli
I saw the obituary in the paper yesterday. I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
I’m so sorry for you loss. I always remember the times we worked together in New York City and what a great friend Al was to me, as well as you as a friend. I will continue to keep Al and you in my memory bank as truly great people.