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BATH — Albert Leroy Alley Sr., 93, died on Aug. 9. He was born in Portland on Oct. 11, 1918, the son of Ralph and Nellie (Verrill) Alley. He grew up in Bath and attended school there. But at a young age he left school in order to work in support of his family. Alley then held several jobs around town, which included dishwashing and working at the Box Shop, The Coal Pocket and the Wood Shop.
In 1938, he met Miriam “Betty” Coombs. The couple fell in love, married on July 12, 1939, and resided in Bath. A self-motivated man, Alley bought a hot-dog stand and did business on Main Street in Bath. His hot dogs were called the best in town. Later, Alley and his wife moved to Boston, where he worked for the Boston Naval Ship Yard. The couple then returned to Maine, and Alley was employed at Bath Iron Works as a ship fitter for many years, retiring in 1981.
Alley was a family man and enjoyed nothing more than spending time with his grandchildren. He also enjoyed the simple things in life, such as taking a ride to New Hampshire. He loved camping and taking in the wonders of nature. He will be sadly missed by all who loved him.
Alley is predeceased by his wife of 64 years, Miriam, and two half brothers, Ralph W. Alley Jr. and Robert Alley.
He is survived by a daughter, Catherine R. Hart, and her husband, Richard, of West Bath; son Albert L. Alley Jr. and his wife, Betsy, of Newport News, Va.; son Thomas E. Alley, of Bath; grandchildren Felicia Hart, Katrina Hart, Kristina Walsh and Edward Alley; granddaughter Suellen Worley and her husband, Michael; great-granddaughter Cassandra Walsh; sister-in-law Dorothy Coombs, of Bath; cousin Charlotte Frost, of Gray; and several nieces and nephews.
A funeral service was held Aug. 14 at the Corliss Street Baptist Church in Bath, with Roy Lutz officiating.
To share your thoughts and condolences with the family, please visit www.desmondfuneralhomes.com.
Albert Leroy Alley Sr.