Rev. Deacon Albert Wesley

Born: Tue., Jul. 3, 1923
Died: Mon., Apr. 9, 2018


6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Thu., Apr. 12, 2018
Location: St. Clare Catholic Church

Office of the Dead

7:00 PM Thu., Apr. 12, 2018
Location: St. Clare Catholic Church

Commital Service & burial

Fri., Apr. 13, 2018
Location: South Florida National Cemetery

Funeral Mass

10:00 AM Fri., Apr. 13, 2018
Location: St. Clare Catholic Church

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 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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St. Clare Catholic School
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821 Prosperity Farms Road, North Palm Beach, Florida 33408
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Penny Gallagher
   Posted Wed April 11, 2018
My deepest sympathy to your family. He was a wonderful man. We all enjoyed seeing him on his dental visits to Dr. Sciolino.

Andy Jones
   Posted Wed April 11, 2018
My deepest sympathies to Deacon Al’s family. He was one of the kindest, most wonderful human beings I’ve ever met. Know that he touched so many hearts. I work at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center in PBG, and he never failed to say hello, to offer a listening ear, and help all of us that were in need of his guidance and friendship. He will be deeply missed by us all who’s hearts he touched. He has earned his wings and I know he went right up to heaven. Such a dear man.
Andy Jones

Kristin Barrett
   Posted Wed April 11, 2018
Deacon Wesley was such a sweet man. He would come to the credit union and always have a story or joke to tell. The world is a little less bright without him. He will be missed.

Richard and Maryann Bernasconi
   Posted Fri April 13, 2018
Many years ago we met Al and Betty on a trip to Italy. From then on we remained in touch. We will dearly miss our conversations and hearty laughters. He now can be with the love of his life. We will never forget our sweet memories. May he be at peace.

Mary Beatty
   Posted Sun April 15, 2018
I am deeply saddened by Deacon Al's passing and wish to express sincere condolences to his family. We first met at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center in 2000 and I have always looked forward to his visits. He has cared for my and my families spiritual needs, as well as other employees. His presence in our unit was always calming and reassuring and he will be greatly missed. It is comforting to know that as he moved on to his next life, he is now with his beloved Betty. I will miss him but I know he will always be with me. His sincere concern for others and his good deeds will never be forgotten.

Shirley (Nix) Smith
   Posted Mon April 16, 2018
To all of Deacon Al's family,
You have my most heartfelt sympathy on your loss!
My husband and I came to know Deacon Al and Betty when they were in Fort Wayne, IN where he helped with St. Catherine's parish (Nix Settlement). Ever since they left for Florida we had keep in contact with them. A year ago this past March my husband suddenly passed, and since I had called to talk with him every so often. I knew he had been very sick, and was very saddened to find he was gone. He was such a wonderful and kind man. I have never known one better! I know there are so many that are missing him in all the ministry he did for so many. I know he has to be very happy now with Betty and all the perks of Heaven! I'm sure God had rewarded all his goodness at the point of his leaving us. You are all in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time.

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