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Alvin GlicksirJuly 27, 1923 ~ September 12, 2017 (age 94)
Alvin Seymour Glicksir, 94, passed away peacefully September 12, 2017. He
was preceeded in death by his loving wife, Jean, and is survived by his sister Dorothy
Koenig, his daughter Dorothy and her husband Carmen Pacella, his daughter Bobby
Glicksir, his neice Mary Ann Koenig and her partner Rick, and his nephews Gordon
Koenig and his wife Anita, and Arnie Koenig and his wife Casey.
He was born in St. Louis, MO on July 27,1923 to Vera and Lou Glicksir and was
raised in Chicago, IL where he graduated from Foreman High School. He left many
dear friends behind when he and his family moved to California in 1967, first to Corona
and then to Santa Ana in 1969.
Al delivered newspapers as a boy, worked in the production end of the
newspaper all his life and added many wonderful friends when the union immediately
sent him to the Long Beach Independent Press Telegram. Many of the men he worked
with and their wives went to brunch regularly, on vacation together, and a number of the
guys continued to meet for their monthly breakfasts long after they retired.
Al and his family joined Holy Family Catholic Church in 1969 and and it was there
that he found his true spiritual family. He was very active in the church, belonging to the
St. Vincent de Paul Society, the Serra Club, and was a much loved prayer partner to
students in the fourth grade who listened eagerly to his every word.
Al went to church daily, attending the 8:15 mass, praying and often leading the
rosary with the rosary group immediately following mass. He visited the sick, was a
hospice volunteer, attended the visitations, funerals, and burials of many of his dear
friends. He gathered people around him wherever he went. He was known at the
church as the man with the prayer book and the stack of mass cards that he collected
after the deaths of so many of his family and friends. Many of his friends gave him their
loved one’s mass cards, knowing that he would add them to his special collection and
pray for their souls when their card came up. At mass, he would gravitate to one of his
friends and show them the card of their family member that he was praying for that day.
He would hold court sitting on a comfortable upholstered orange chair in front of
his garage, visiting with all who were excited to see his garage door open and stop by.
He had a passion for all dogs, allowing them always to kiss him and slobber all over his
face, never batting an eye. It was his great joy to give all of the dogs treats and he fed
his beloved birds seed that he put out front and in back every single day. He was loved
by the trash collectors, the postman, the gardener. the tree trimmer, the neighbors and
the neighborhood association in which he was also very active.
Al loved to play golf while he was still able and could tell you what happened on
each and every hole.
So many of his dear friends from work, at church, the bank, the blood lab,
doctors offices, and places all over town, were touched by his loving kindness, giving
them gifts of Trader Joes Pound Plus chocolate bars wrapped in comic strips from the
newspaper. He always remembered whether they preferred dark or milk chocolate.
Services will be held on Friday, September 29 at Holy Family Cathedral, 566 S.
Glassell, Orange, CA 92866. The rosary will be said at 7:30am followed by Mass at
8:15am (Al's Mass). Refreshments will be served immediately following in the parish
hall with a special time for sharing memories of this amazing gentle man. Internment will
follow around noon beneath the main altar at Holy Sepulcher Cemetery, 7845 E.
Santiago Canyon Rd., Orange, CA 92869. All are invited to attend.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Holy Family Cathedral School,
Angels in Education for the Al & Jean Glicksir Scholarship, 530 S. Glassell St., Orange,
CA 92866. Al designated Angels in Education to be the recipient of his donations in
memory of his loving wife, Jean, who passed away in 2005.
In lieu of flowers, family has suggested you can make a donation in Al's name to the Al and Jean Glicksir Scholarship fund, Angels in Education. Mail to: Holy Family Cathedral School, 530 S. Glassel, Orange, CA 92866.