Mr. Albert C. Venier, 89, of 388 County Route 37, passed away on Wednesday evening, August 25, 2010 at Massena Memorial Hospital, where he had been admitted on Monday. He had been in failing health for the past year and a half.
Al was born May 15, 1921 in Ogdensburg, the son of the late Alphonse and Ruth Wallace Venier. He graduated from Ogdensburg Free Academy in 1940. Following high school, he entered Clarkson College until he enlisted with the US Army Air Corp in October 1942. He went on active duty from February 1943 until October 1945. He served with the 8th Air Force, 2nd Air Division, 392nd Bomb Group, operating a B24 – Bombardier during 12 bombing missions.
Following his active duty assignments, Al remained in the US Air Force Reserves, where he retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in October 1974. During this time, he continued his education at Clarkson, graduating in 1947 with his Bachelors in Business Administration. He continued his at New York University Graduate School of Business Administration, where he received his degree in Economics. He first married Elizabeth R. Dugan in New York City, she predeceased him in March 1964. On June 26, 1982, he married Audrey M. Smith Sequin at St. John’s Episcopal Church with Rev. George Easter, officiating.
After his graduation from Clarkson, Al went to work for the Borden Company, then going to the Metal and Thermit Corporation before going to M&T Chemical and his subsidiary, American Can Company. In September 1971, he came to Massena to work with his brother, Richard, at Massena Fuel and Building Supply Corporation, where he continued to work until his retirement on May 1, 1998.
Al was very dedicated to his community and belonged to numerous organizations including, Massena Kiwanis Club for over 30 years, where he served as President and Board Member; Salvation Army Advisory Board for over 30 years; United Helpers Advisory Board for 8 years; and the Massena Chamber of Commerce, where he served as Vice President and Board Member for 8 years. In addition, he was a Republican Party Committeeman in for District 7 and 13 in Massena, and was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church for many years and served as a vestry member for 3 years. He was a life member of the VFW #1143 and the American Legion Post #79, Massena; a life member of the Reserve Officers Association of the United States and the 392nd B.G. Memorial Association, Inc.
Al also belonged to the Second Air Division Association East Anglia in Norwich, England; the American Air Museum in Britain as a founding member and the Disabled American Veterans Association. He was a 50 plus year member of the Masonic Lodge #513, the Royal Arch Masons, Knights Templar, and the Shriners Media Temple for over 20 years. He was also appointed to the SUNY Council by Governor Pataki. He enjoyed traveling, reading, and spending time with his family. He was a great family historian, and truly enjoyed being around people.
Al is survived by his loving wife, Audrey; his stepchildren, Wayne and Priscilla Sequin and Brenda Lee Sequin, all of Massena; his grandchildren, Amanda and Joshua Sequin; his nieces and nephews, Jim and Mary Venier, David Venier and Sharon Schneider, Tom and Paula Venier, Cathy Venier and Slavko, Jean and John Casey, Robert and Hidy Venier, Paul and Nancy Venier, Peter and Nancy Venier, and Suzanne Venier; his sisters-in-law, Shirley Venier and Ursula Venier; his cousins, Roy and Ellie Chellis, Barbara and Rick Kimm, and Georgia McLane; and many dear friends in Massena and Ogdensburg.
He was predeceased by his brothers, Richard, Henry and Wallace Venier; and a sister, Helen Sauer.
Friends may call Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Donaldson Funeral Home, Massena. Funeral Services will be held Monday 11:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Rob Schirmer, Hospice Chaplain, officiating. Burial will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery, Area 2, Massena.
The members of the Massena Kiwanis Club will meet Sunday evening at 7:00 p.m., the VFW and American Legion at 7:15 p.m., and the Masonic Lodge at 7:30 p.m., respectively, to conduct memorial services for their deceased member.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley, Shriner’s Children’s Hospital, or the Salvation Army.
Condolences may be made online at www.donaldsonfh.com.