Hampstead, NH — Albert J. Reynolds Sr., 88, of Hampstead, N.H., died on Friday, March 21, at his home.
Al was born in Lebanon, N.H., and was the son of the late Mildred (Courtemarsh) and Jesse Reynolds. He grew up and was educated in Salem, N.H., graduating from Woodbury High School. He proudly served in the U.S. Marines during WWII. Al was stationed in the Pacific Theater and was twice awarded the Purple Heart. He retired after 35 years from Appleyard Transportation in Methuen, Mass., where he was a driver and dispatcher. He was a special Police Officer for the Town of Salem. Following his retirement, Al drove the school bus for St. Joseph’s for five years, and he was employed at Douglas & Johnson Funeral Home.
Al was a former Altar Boy and member of St. Joseph Church in Salem, a founding member VFW Post #8546, a former member and Past Master of the Lawrence United Masonic Lodge, a member of the Spicket Lodge in Salem, a member and Colonel Emeritus of the Bektash Shriners, a member of the Scottish Rite Bodies of Mass, Colonel of the Legion of Honor, and a honorary clown.
He was predeceased by his sons, Albert Jr. and Peter. Al is survived by his beloved wife, Gaye Reynolds of Hampstead, N.H.; his sons, Jay Reynolds and his wife, Leah, of Pelham, N.H., and William Bradford and his wife, Julie, of Salem, N.H.; his daughters, Gayle and her husband, Edward Burton of Washington, Debra Reynolds of Raymond, N.H., and Cindy and her husband, Tom Henderson of Pelham; daughter-in-law, Michelle Bradford of Salem; his brothers, Norman “Pete” Reynolds of Salem, and Arthur Reynolds and his wife, Dorothy, of Salem; 19 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; and several nieces and nephews.