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Obituary: Edward Charles Albert

Edward Charles Albert, 77, of Keene, NH passed away unexpectedly at his home on June 15. Albert was born Nov. 26, 1935 in Brookline MA. He attended Michael Driscoll School followed by Brookline High School where he graduated from in 1954. Albert attended University of Connecticut at Storrs Campus and received his Bachelor’s degree in 1958. He served in the U.S. Army starting in 1959 and was a First Lieutenant Transportation Corps when he was discharged in 1966.  

Albert re-located to Long Island in 1962 and taught social studies at Hicksville High School.  He married Barbara Kozakiewicz in 1964. Albert received his Master’s degree from UConn in 1970.

In 1973, he and his wife Barbara purchased the family summer home in Stoddard, NH.  Since they were both schoolteachers, the whole family spent the summer in Stoddard each year. Albert retired from teaching in 1990 and in 1996 moved to Keene, NH.

In Keene, NH, Albert was known from his involvement in democratic politics. From school board to city to state to national elections, Albert was known to be involved with campaigns.  His involvement with the Cheshire County Democrats will not be forgotten from the Friday Lunch Group he created for fundraising and idea sharing to his activity as the “ticket agent” for local Democratic events.  Cheshire County Democrats presented Albert with awards of recognition multiple times.  

Albert was pre-deceased by his sister Eunice Cauper and his wife Barbara Albert.  Survivors include his children Alicia O’Peirce and her husband Kevin of Honolulu HI, Ben Albert of Stoddard NH, second wife Rita Albert of Roslyn, and companion Barbara Kono of Brattleboro, VT.

An open house was held in Keene on June 23, to celebrate his life. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cheshire Democrats for a scholarship in Albert’s name. The Foley Funeral Home, 49 Court Street, Keene, NH assisted the family with arrangements.

News

Bullying is a serious problem in today’s society and the controversial topic was the focus at last Saturday’s  'Bully-Proof Your Child Seminar’ at East Coast MMA & Fitness Center in Hicksville. State Senator Jack Martins and Legislator Rose Marie Walker attended the program which ran in the newly renovated center on Woodbury Road.

“Bullying is a real issue in our communities and I want to thank East Coast Mixed Martial Arts & Fitness for agreeing to host this forum,” said Martins. “Teaching our kids self defense to protect themselves or to protect those around them is a great thing. We need to take every opportunity to teach our kids important life lessons.”

Old classmates reignited friendships and shared memories of their teenage years as the Hicksville High School Class of 1964 came together recently to celebrate their 50th reunion at the Holiday Inn in Plainview.

Among the attendees was Bob Cheeseman who met his wife, Lorraine (Kirwan) in middle school. They were serious throughout high school and married soon after. Bob said, “I enlisted in high school and went into the Air Force. I did 30 years active Air Force and another 15 after that. I retired in 2010 as a Brigadier General. After I retired, my wife received a certificate from the Governor of Texas and was designated a Yellow Rose of Texas.”


Sports

The Hicksville boys volleyball team improved to 3-3 on the season by topping Sewanhaka in three sets by the scores of 25-14, 25-20 and 25-13.

“We lost the first few matches this year but bounced back to win the last three,” said Hicksville’s second year Head Coach Kevin Bunting. “We have a young team — we lost three starters last year. We have no seniors on this team, but we have three juniors,” he added. Bunting noted that it will bode well for next year’s team when they have even more experience to build on.

It seemed to happen in an instant.

Hicksville forward Michael Osmundsen was touching the ball past Kellenburg goalkeeper Jack Abuin to slot the ball into an empty net to score the lone goal in the non-league 1-0 victory over the Firebirds.

It’s nothing short of what Comets boys soccer head coach Scott Starkey would expect. He described his forward as “very explosive, fast and he’s not just fast — he’s tenacious.”


Calendar

Community Council Meeting

October 2

Indoor Garage Sale

October 5

Movie: God’s Not Dead

October 5



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