Deacon Al Wesley, born July 3, 1923, in Boston, MA, to the late Albert and Rose Marie (McKeon), went home to the Lord, and his beloved wife, Betty, on April 9, 2018, in his residence.
He was the youngest of five brothers and one sister. He enlisted in the Regular Army in May of 1941 but had to wait until his 18th birthday to enter active duty. He rose to the rank of SGT, serving until honorably discharged in October 1945. Al was employed as Court Reporter and Special Agent, OSI-USAF, from 1948 to 1951, receiving three commendations during that period for superior performance. He then joined Pratt & Whitney and remained with various divisions of United Technologies in Florida, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Indiana. He was manager of Industrial Security. During his stay in Indiana, Al entered Diaconate studies, and on June 11, 1983, was ordained a Deacon by Most Reverend William McManus, Bishop of the Diocese of Ft. Wayne-South Bend. Taking early retirement from UTC, Deacon Al returned to Florida where he was Incardinated into the Diocese of Palm Beach on April 30, 1986, and entered full-time ministry, first at St. Paul of the Cross, North Palm Beach, and then at St. Clare with Rev. Fr. William D. O' Shea, where he has served for the past 27 years. As a Deacon, community service was important. Deacon Al volunteered for two years at Washington Elementary School in Riviera Beach. The children fondly called him "Mr. Deacon." Later, he was appointed to a three year term as a member of the Grievance Committee of the Palm Beach County Bar Association, State of Florida; appointed by Sheriff Richard Willie as Chaplain of the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office. Due to illness in the family, he no longer rode or participated as he did in the past, where he rode two afternoon shifts weekly, participating in Organized Crime drug raids and routine patrol activities. He was also Chaplain of the Palm Beach County Fire Rescue for several years, resigning when his work schedule dictated. Deacon Al was a Charter Member and Chaplain of V.F.W. Riders Club 9160, Lake Park. He was also Chaplain at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center, Life Member Southeastern Police Chief's Assn; Southern Area (FL); Chaplain of the 2002-2003 year, American Legion Post 371; former member of the Emerald Society; 3rd Degree member of the Knights of Columbus Santa Maria Council #4999, and 4th Degree member of the Knight of Columbus, Father Andrew Doherty Assembly #0155; Ancient Order of Hibernians; Chaplain of the Military Police Regimental Assn; The Old School Boys Assn. Charlestown, MA; Society of the First Infantry Division known as "The Big Red One". Al participated in the African Campaign. The most exciting day in Deacon Al's long and exciting life, by his account, was his first date, with Betty Betters of Saranac Lake, NY, on January 6, 1945. Six weeks later, Al was transferred to another military post. He returned to Saranac Lake and he and Betty were married on May 5, 1945, at St. Bernard Catholic Church at an 8:00 AM Mass. Following the reception, they left for their honeymoon on a Trailways Bus to Albany, Boston, and New Hampshire. On February 25, 2014, Deacon Al's beloved Betty predeceased him. They were the proud parents of four sons, Fred (Janine) of Montana, Dennis (Catherine) of Pennsylvania, Kevin of Connecticut, and Howard, who is deceased. Also surviving are four grandsons, one granddaughter, six great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Please keep Deacon Al in your prayers. He thanks you all for your friendship. He said, "It Was a Great Ride." Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Thursday, April 12, 2018 at St. Clare Catholic Church, 821 Prosperity Farms Road, North Palm Beach, Florida 33408. The Office of the Dead will be prayed at 7:00 PM. A Funeral Mass will be con-celebrated at 10:00 AM Friday, April 13, 2018, in the church. Committal Services and burial will follow at South Florida National Cemetery where Deacon Al will be laid to rest with his beloved Betty, and will be able to keep an eye on the sailor laying next to her. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly asks for donations in Deacon Al's name to: St. Clare Catholic School, 821 Prosperity Farms Road, North Palm Beach, Fl 33408.
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