August 12, 2006 ~ September 8, 2006
ALBERT G. MELVILLE Jr.
The soul of Albert G. Melville Jr. left this world on September 8, 2006. Born in Cheyenne, Wyoming on August 12, 1922, he spent almost his entire life in California. He raised eight children with his wife, Shirley Constance (nee Tighe) Melville.
Al loved the water, surfing in his youth and playing water polo at Redondo High. It was at the beach where he met Shirley Tighe, whom he would later marry. In his forties he still went surfing with his sons in Manhattan Beach.
Al was in the Navy at Pearl Harbor when it was attacked. He fought in the Pacific through to the conclusion of World War II. During the war more than once he maneuvered lifeboats to save his fellow seamen from the ocean.
On returning from the war, Al worked at Metlox in Manhattan Beach, serving for a time as shop foreman. Later he learned tool and die making at both Cal Metal and Reynolds Aluminum.
Al was an active man. He was an avid baseball fan. He made a point of visiting major league baseball parks across the country. He umpired and coached Little League baseball. In his later years he took up and loved golf, using it as a time to build friendships and to clear his mind. He loved to talk politics. With his wife, Shirley, he regularly participated in events at American Martyr Catholic Church. At any and all festivities, Al and Shirley would be up dancing swing to the awe of the group. He enjoyed traveling with his wife, family and friends visiting all fifty states.
Al raised his eight children, seven boys and one girl, to look out for each other and work to be the best at whatever they chose to do. He consistently said that you should never stay mad at anyone longer than 15 minutes. Al and Shirley enlarged their family by opening their hearts to the many in - laws, friends and work associates whose lives they touched. Al will be missed by his wife of 60 years, seven children, sixteen grandchildren, and five great grandchildren.
Services will be held at American Martyr Catholic Church, 624 15th St. Manhattan Beach CA 90266. Rosary will be at 7 PM on September 14th; with funeral services on Friday, September 15th at 10 AM. Internment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family would prefer donations to Trinity Care Hospice Foundation, 2601 Airport Drive Ste 230, Torrance CA 90505.
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