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BRISSKE, Alfred

September 20, 1939 – Neu-Sarata, Romania
July 25, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta

Al Brisske beloved husband of Lory Brisske (nee Mietzner) of Calgary, AB, passed away on July 25, 2019 at the age of 79 years.

Al was born in Neu-Sarata, Romania on September 20, 1939. He lived in Poland and Germany before immigrating to Canada in April 1956. Al was a Master Electrician who started with Star Electric in 1958. He received his “Red Seal” Certificate in 1970 and then continued on to his Master Certificate. Alfred accomplished much through his life and was particularly proud of when he started his own electrical company – Direct Electric Ltd. Al remained in business working for himself until his retirement. He was a member of the Electrical Contractors Association of Alberta and volunteered and belonged to the Calgary United Soccer Association since 1959.

Al enjoyed his family, and friends. Al loved traveling and seeing the world. He always took time for a vacation or two a year with his wife. He also travelled with his soccer team, the Calgary Kickers. Al’s favorite saying was “Life is Good”. He will be most remembered for his sense of humor and his passion for life, family and friends. Besides his loving wife, Lory, Al is also survived by his children; Nancy, Fred, and Debbie, his grandchildren; Zach, Jordan, Riley and Shayla, his sisters; Erica and Ann, brother, Manfred, and nieces; Anita, Alisa and Kimberly. Al was predeceased by his son, Rodney.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Crowfoot, 82 Crowfoot Circle NW, Calgary, AB), on Tuesday, July 30, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow in the Hospitality Centre at the Funeral Home. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 – 14th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 264-5549, www.heartandstroke.ca.

In living memory of Alfred Brisske, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE NW, CALGARY, AB T3G 2T3, Telephone: 403-241-0044.

Tribute by Peter Mietzner

I met Alfred when I was a teenager and he was pursuing my sister. And boy, was he ever pursuing her! He wouldn’t take no for an answer, and together they raised four children. I’m happy to see Nancy, Fred, and Debbie here. Unfortunately their oldest, Rodney, passed at quite a young age.

Alfred was a very able and ambitious man. He became a master electrician and opened his own company and was extremely successful.

He was always very helpful to the rest of the family: As a matter of fact, he would never ever visit us without bringing his tool-belt and tools, because he just KNEW that I needed something done in the house. If I said I had nothing for him to do, he would FIND something that needed fixing, and he was right, I just hadn’t realized it yet.

When I saw him last week, the two of us did what we do best: We sat at the bar, had our beers and Drambuie and then talked about our families and life in general. He loved his immediate and his extended family. And he loved his soccer and his soccer buddies.

He will be missed by all who knew him. The world was a better place with him in it.

Both Elfriede and I will miss him greatly. Till we meet again.

 

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  1. Shelley Fried

    Lory,

    I just wanted to send you a note to tell you how sad it is that Alfie is gone. I’m so shocked and sad.

    I am sure that you are surrounded by love and support but please know that even those of us who can’t be with you still send their love, prayers and strength.

    He (and you) were always so welcoming to me at soccer and I really appreciate how you both showed me what love really means.

    Sending you hugs.

    Love
    Shelley

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  2. Lord,
    It goes without say that we lost one of the best, kindest and most considered individuals I have ever known in my life.
    Alfred was, from the day I met him,almost 50 years ago, on the Renferew soccer field, a true friend and the most positive person I have ever known.
    Alfred was very lucky to have had such a wonderful partner as you in life.
    We will miss Alfred until we will,one day again, see his smiling face.

    Gus & Jean

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  3. Diane & Kurt Schulz

    Lory and all your family, we are greatly saddened and shocked to know Alfie passed away..
    He was a good friend of many years and will be missed by many.
    We admired you both for being a strong couple.
    Kurt says, “We will miss our COACH”….

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  4. John Oliverio

    Lory
    This was a shocker to me and Lisa we just met you guys on our holidays , we could not believe big Al is gone. Our condolences to you and the whole family our thought and prayers are with you all. Al left and everlasting impression that life is to be lived everyday.

    John and Lisa Oliverio

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  5. Dear Lory and family, my sincerest condolences to you and all of the family on the loss of dear Uncle Alfred. I am thinking of you all and wishing you peace and comfort in this sad time. Love & hugs, Cheryl (Rob & Nicolas)

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  6. Hansi + Traudel Steinbrecher

    Hi Lory,
    diese Zeilen schreibt Dir Hansi Steinbrecher aus Germany. Ich hoffe Du erinnerst dich noch an mich.
    Es ist schon lange her das wir uns gesehen haben. Ich war mit unserem Soccer Team 1991 zu Besuch in Calgary und ihr wart mit eurem Team 1996 bei uns in Gießen/Leihgestern.
    Richard hat mir gestern per Mail die Nachricht gesendet, das Alfred gestorben ist.
    Ich war sehr betroffen und geschockt über seinen plötzlichen Tod.
    Er war trotz der kurzen Zeit in der wir uns kannten ein guter Freund und ein netter, humorvoller Kumpel, wie man im Deutschen so sagt!
    Was ein wenig trostvoll ist, das er offenbar nicht gelitten hat und bis zum Ende seinem geliebten Hobby, dem Fußball nachgehen konnte.
    Dir liebe Lory und deiner ganzen Familie möchte meine Frau Traudel und ich unser herzliches Beileid bekunden.
    Es ist schwer einen geliebten Menschen zu verlieren. Aber das Leben muss weitergehen.
    Ich wünsche Dir für die Zukunft vor allem Gesundheit und noch viele schöne Jahre im Kreise deiner Familie.

    In aufrichtiger Anteilnahme
    Hansi Steinbrecher

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  7. Bunny & Jack Peacock

    Lorie,We were saddened to learn about Al’s passing.He will always be remembered for his BIG smile and Great sense of humour.Al always took pride in everything he did and was a professional in all that he did.We want to express our sincere condolences to you and all the family.Bunny & Jack Peacock

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  8. Maureen,Gerry, Kyle and Courtney Quintal

    Lory
    Gerry and I were very shocked and sad to hear of Alfred’s passing. He was such a lovely man with the biggest smile and a great sense of humor. We will miss him dearly. I’m sure you are surrounded by a wonderful support system right now but know that you are also in our thoughts.

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  9. Corey walyuchow

    So very sorry to hear this sad news. Thoughts and prayers from your long time neighbours the Walyuchow family Ashley, Corey and Troy. And our parents.

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  10. Even though time and distance have separated us, growing up, the Brisskes were like a second family. It saddens me deeply to hear that Mr. Brisske has passed. No words can convey my sympathies for the family and Mrs. Brisske. The world lost a great man.

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  11. Dear Brisske Family,

    Very saddened to hear of the passing of Al and for your family’s loss.

    I was very fortunate to have had the opportunity to spend sometime with Al earlier in the decade as he built out our electrical system and assisted our business in expanding operations at our Canadian facility. I truly enjoyed Al’s visits to our facility, appreciated the work he orchestrated,the opportunity to discuss things with such a kind, knowledgeable and family orientated man. I respected his absolute love of family so much and the conversation we shared left a lasting impression on me as a person.

    His tremendous laugh will be missed and certainly his unique perspective. I hope that as you grieve this loss you, when you are ready to move forward that the pain will be offset by all the amazing cherished memories of such an incredible man.

    From our family to yours our deepest condolences, sympathies and support.

    Mike Dahl

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  12. Mirko and Anna Pockar

    We were surprised to hear about the passing of Al. Our deepest condolences to you and your family. Mirko and Al worked together for many years before they retired. He always held Al in high regards. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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