Al Laird

6/22/1938 – 4/16/2011

Al grew up in and gradated from Ballard High School.  In 1969, he married Pam (Finnigan).  Sysco Food Service was Al’s career for over 30 years.  His customers enjoyed his easygoing approach to sales, making him a salesman with many lasting customer friendships.  After retiring from Sysco, Al went to work for his longtime friend, Dan Meyer at Northshore Sheet Metal.  Al thoroughly enjoyed working as part of the crew at Northshore.  Al and Pam spent their winters in Indio, CA with their extended Desert Aire family.  He especially enjoyed his buddies at “Lot Fore”, playing golf and water volleyball.  Al was also known for his love of going to garage sales, thrift shops, and auctions.  A common phrase often heard around the house after these outings was, “Oh no, I’ve had that for a long time”.

His parents, Jim and Lois Laird and his brother, Denny Laird, preceded him in death.  Al is survived by his wife, Pam and his children, Becky and Trent.  Al was a devoted grandfather to Ellie and Carter, children of Linda and Aaron Alberts.  The circle of friends and family that have supported the Laird Family is loving and strong.  All who knew him will miss his gentle soul and soft-spoken approach.

The family invites you to a celebration of Al’s life on April 30th from 1-3 pm at the Meyer’s home.  Please direct questions to the family.

The support and service provided by Evergreen Hospice was incredible and allowed Al a comfortable and peaceful passage.  In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Hospice c/o Evergreen Healthcare Foundation – 12040 NE 128th St. MS #5 – Kirkland, WA 98034-3013.

Al was a wonderful, attentive husband, father and friend.  We will all miss him.


21 Responses to “Al Laird”

  • Tiffany Laird Wilcox says:

    A wonderful man with a beautiful soul. A great loss. You will be missed, Uncle Al. Rest in peace.

  • Stacy Fitzgerald says:

    Pam, Becky and Trent, you have been in my thoughts and prayers all week. I love you all, Stacy Fitzgerald

  • Heather Wood says:

    I had the pleasure of meeting and treating Al when he was receiving radiation. He always had a smile and a gentleness to him that I admired. I am so happy to have met him and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. God bless and Happy Easter,


  • Grant and Hope Hilliard says:

    It is a sad time to realize that Al is no longer with us and thank you for sharing the photo’s. As a member of Al and Pam’s Desert Aire family he will truely be missed. I am part of the Canadian Mafia and we loved Al and Pam so much that we have made them honorary Canadians. Als’ subtle humour was amazing and it always took a while to see if he was really kidding. I can only hope that we can all make such a positive contribution to those around us as Al has done. To Pam and the family our thoughts are with you. Pam we look forward to seeing you back at Desert Aire.

  • Mary and Wayne Wolf says:

    Pam and family,
    We were so sorry to hear of the passing of Al. Everyone here at Desert Aire will miss him and will always remember his quiet and gentle manner.
    Our prayers and thoughts are with all of you on these most sad days.
    May God bless you and give you peace,
    Mary and Wayne

  • Kay and Jer Reeves says:

    Pam and family,
    Our thoughts and hearts are with you. Although we only met Al a few times, we enjoyed his friendliness and Jer enjoyed their conversations so much. I know he will be missed terribly. May your loving memories him and the love of friends and family give you strength during this difficult time.
    Love, Kay and Jer

  • Kay and Jer Reeves says:

    Pam and Family,
    Our thoughts and hearts are with you. Although we only met Al a few times, we enjoyed his friendliness and Jer enjoyed their conversations so much. I know he will be missed terribly. May your loving memories of him and the love of your friends and family give you strength during this difficult time.
    Love, Kay and Jer

  • Louie and Sandy Herrin says:

    We will so miss that strong arm and wicked chuckle and grin as Al would hit the volleyball back at us. You and your family are so fortunate to have the many happy memories of your time together. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • jerry workman says:

    Al had an incredibly dry sense of humor-which most of us cherished. He was always a gentleman,and never talked down to me because I was Mexican. Al enhanced the quality of my life and others I know. I am blessed to have known him…………
    jerry workman

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  • Jenny Dykstra (Watters) says:

    Pam, Becky and Trent,
    I was very sad to hear this news and am so sorry for the loss you are going through. I am thinking of you all.


  • Lynda Humphrey says:

    Dear Pam and Family,
    I am so very sorry to know of Al’s passing. He was a dear man, a dear husband, father, and friend to so many people. And he enjoyed life so much and sharing it with others. My thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of shock and grief and of “missing.” You will always have him with you, he will always be with you in your mind and in your heart. And you will always know you were loved by him.

  • Les and Mare Taylor says:

    Dear Pam and Becky and Trent,
    We are very saddend with Al’s passing. He was a life long dear and true friend who always made us feel part of his family. We will miss him terribly and our thoughts and prayers are with you always.
    “Uncle” Les
    and Mare

  • Norm & Donna Rea says:

    Dear Pam & family,
    We are sincerely sorry for your loss. What a wonderful guy he was and will be missed by all. A great golfing partner and also a \fixer\. Our best to you in this time of loss.

  • Bev Elliott says:

    Dear Pam and Family,

    What a terrible loss for you all! I am certain that your Desert Aire Family will also miss him as much as you do.

    We will all miss Al, hopefully our fond memories and times that we spent with him will give us all the strength we need to get through this difficult time.

    My prayers and thoughts are with you always, especially now during the grief that you are suffering.

  • Judy Akins & Cec Conway says:

    Pam & Family,

    We were so saddened to hear of Al’s death. He was so much fun to be around. What a valient battle he put up, but he decided , on his terms, when to stop his battle. He will be missed by his Desert Aire family. We hope to see you Pam, when you are ready, to join us again in the desert.You are all in our prayers.

  • Kent & Karen Persson says:

    Dear Pam & Family,
    You are so much in our thoughts and prayers!
    Some of our favorite thoughts of Al and you are when you came to our place on the Shuswap Lake and our wonderful time with you in our gazebo on the lake with Dan & Joanne and Dave & Sandra as well as the Merritt Mountain Music Festival and our good times there together. And then to connect each year at Desert Aire was so special. Memories we will always remember and cherish. Our special love and prayers, Kent & Karen

  • Louise Kolstad says:

    Dear Pam, Trent, and Becky:
    We are so sorry to learn of Al’s passing. I know it must be a very difficult time for all of you. Russell regarded Al highly. We will be among the many keeping you in prayer. Mel and Louise

  • Rae & Pat Seger says:

    We miss him as a dear friend and as Pam’s husband. We had years of joy and some sadness together. All were shared with respect and love.

    He was such a gentleman. Caring, funny, and stubborn as Hell. He could fix just about anything and would not let anyone help him. He was afraid of snakes, yet helped my daughter move a six foot python.

    What can I say? He was a very special man.

    We miss him very much!

  • Rae Seger says:

    Here it is, March 20th, 2012. It’s been almost a year since Al left us. A week doesn’t go by that Pat and I don’t think of him and miss him

    It’s the first day of Spring and I wish you were here with us planning that first camp-out of the season.

  • Pat and Rae Seger says:

    Another 3 years have gone by. It’s Spring. And yes, we still miss you Buddy. You often enter into our conversations and we both end up smiling at memories of you.

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