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Albert Lee Bessey Sr.

September 7, 1935 January 18, 2021
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Albert L Bessey Sr. passed away peacefully January 18, 2021 surrounded by family. His heart wore out but he never stopped trying to keep going. He was born September 7, 1935 in Cincinati, OH. He leaves behind his loving wife Dolores (Biro) of 63 years. Together they raised six children; Amy (Daniel) Hostetler, Lee Anne (David) Durdak, Terrie (James) Baldwin, Albert Jr. (Carolyn), Dolores (Harry) Bruno, Charles (Alison). He has eleven grandchildren; Emelia (Ben) Brown, Michael Durdak, Allison (John) Jevnikar, Samuel Baldwin, Kyra (Mark) Handley, Madalyn and Julia Bessey, Amanda and Alexis Bruno, Charles and Max Bessey; great grandchildren Izabelle and Evelyn Brown. Also surviving are sisters, Lorain Bene, Milly (Mitch) Howard, Marcy (Mike) Surber and sister-in-law Ruth Bessey and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents Robert H. and Pearl (Boyce) Bessey Jr. Siblings Robert III, Raymond, William, Pearl Poynter, George, and brother-in-law John Bene and 2 infant sons. Al most recently lived in Elyria, Ohio. He has resided around Northeast Ohio including Sugarcreek, Leesville, Parma, Litchfield, and Cincinnati, where he was born. We pray he is in his heavenly home with many dwellings he can move around in. Al worked as a heavy equipment operator with Local Union 18 Operating Engineers where he was honored as a 40 years member. He was a life member of the VFW and American Legion after serving in the Navy during the Korean War. He is a past master of Unity Masonic Lodge #12 in Ravenna, Ohio.
Albert, affectionately known as Grumpy to his grandchildren, will be remembered for his love and pride of family, along with his sense of humor and orneriness which continued until his last breath. He wore flannel shirts year-round and loved fishing and camping. He had many sayings that will continue out of the mouths of those who knew him. He leaves a huge void in the lives of those he touched.
A funeral Mass for Albert was held on Thursday, January 21 at 11:00 am at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Grafton, Ohio with internment following at Holy Cross Cemetery in Brookpark, Ohio. Due to Covid-19 restrictions the Mass is being live streamed on the church’s website.
The recorded link is on the website titled Funeral of Al Bessey for a short time under previous Masses.

The family would like to thank the staff at AbbeWood and Crossroads Hospice who helped care for Albert for the past 10 months. They were wonderful, caring people.

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Event Information

Services are private.

Cemetery Details


Holy Cross Cemetery Final Resting Place

14609 Brookpark Rd.
Brookpark, OH 44142

14609 Brookpark Rd. Brookpark 44142 OH
United States

Memorial Contribution

Abbewood Activities Fund 1210 S. Abbe Rd. Elyria, Ohio 44035

Crossroads Hospice 9775 Rockside Rd. Suite 270 Valley View, Ohio 44125

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