CHAMPLAIN — Alfred H. Strack, 87, of Champlain, died Wednesday, July 2, 2014, at CVPH Medical Center in Plattsburgh. He was born in Plattsburgh on July 4, 1926, the son of the late Henry and Oriss Strack.
Al was a lifelong resident of Champlain and was active in many community organizations, including a troop leader for the Boy Scouts, Honorary member of Niagara Hose Company # 1, Commander of American Legion Post # 767 in Champlain, President of the North Country Golf Club, Champlain Valley Wood Carvers, Charter member of Champlain Rescue Inc, Champlain Federal Credit Union Board of Directors, the Clinton County Industrial Development Agency, St. Marys Parish Council, Charter Member of Champlain Knights of Columbus Council # 3525, BPO Elks Lodge 621, Champlain VFW and several other civic organizations.
Al was a proud World War II Veteran serving in the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1946. He served on the USS Leon APA 48 in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and on the USS Washington BB56 battleship.
Al had a passion for hard work. Starting at Sheridan the shop in 1947, Al began his career as a patternmaker in the foundry and through hard work and dedication he increased his responsibility and made significant contributions to the progress of the plant that allowed the company to produce products for worldwide distribution. Al Red as he was known, used his mechanical ability while at Sheridan to pursue his degree in mechanical engineering. Al was promoted to Plant Manager of Harris Corporation in September of 1976 and until his retirement he was known for being a positive influence on countless people by offering them not only a job, but also the same opportunities that he was awarded and mentored them during their entire career. He was fair, but stern, and well respected for his diplomacy. His greatest devotion came from being a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather.