Dear Williston Community,
It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I report the passing of a highly respected and beloved member of our community. Al Lavalle, a 13-year employee in our Physical Plant Department, died on Sunday, November 25 after a long battle with colon cancer.
One of Al’s positions on campus was working in The Cage in the Athletic Center. It was there that he had a tremendous impact on Williston students and acquired such a great deal of respect that the yearbook was dedicated to him in 2007. Mr. Lavalle, a lover of athletics and a major presence in local youth sports leagues, bestowed life lessons on Williston students about integrity and treating others with respect. His positive effect on the lives of those in this community will long be felt.
A private family wake will be held at Douglass Funeral Service, Amherst and a private family burial at the Quabbin Park Cemetery. A celebration of life will follow for family and friends at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, November 30th at The American Legion, 63 Riverside Drive, Florence, MA 01062.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:
American Cancer Society
PO Box 22718
Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718
Cooley Dickinson Hospital
30 Locust Street
PO Box 329
Northampton, MA 01061-0329
The school will be making a donation to the American Cancer Society.
I know you will join me in offering his son, Justin, family and friends our sincerest condolences during this sad time.
We will all miss Al as a work colleague and friend after his many years of loyal service to this school.
Editor’s Note: Alumna Samantha Teece has created an American Cancer Society page in honor of Al Lavalle. Find the page here.
2 thoughts on “Remembrance of Al Lavalle”
I have enjoyed reading all of the wonderful comments about Al from former students on Facebook. But Al wasn’t just there for the students. As a colleague, Al provided the same level of support, advice, and kindness for the adult members of the Williston community. With his usual good humor, he wasn’t afraid to remind his peers to say “please” and “thank you!” I join everyone in the Williston community in grief for the friend we’ve lost, but also in joy for having known Al. We are all the better for it. He was truly one of our greatest teachers.
Some years ago, Al worked as a cabinetmaker for a construction company I was co-owner of. Al was a real nice guy… soft spoken and kind. I’ll never forget his smile. If more people in the world were like him, it would be a better place.
Rick Dec ’73