PROSPECT and TULSA, OKLA. — Albert Henri Garceau of Prospect and Tulsa, Okla., left us on June 28, 2015, after a period of failing health. Al’s passing has left a huge void in the family that has loved him throughout his life.
Born Aug. 14, 1945, in Washington, D.C., Al was raised in an area of Miami that was once known as Westwood Lake. From his earliest days giggin’ frogs in the Florida Everglades, to the years spent hunting, fishing and boating in Oklahoma, Al was a passionate outdoorsman. Al participated in high school sports, including a football game played at the Orange Bowl where he was voted MVP. He was a 40-year member of the Akdar Lodge No. 555 of Tulsa, Okla. Al was active in the Blue Hill Rod & Gun Club since 2006. He earned widespread notoriety for his skill in food preparation, whether a gathering of close friends and family or vending his services to the public. His smoked ribs were among the best. After relocating to Oklahoma in the early ’70s, Al was active in the local VFW, assisting with event planning and providing a variety of food services.
In Oklahoma, Al met Jane, the woman he called his “bride” for 34 years and with whom he was to spend the rest of his life. Showing outstanding character (and limited judgment), Al “adopted” all five of her children. It is safe to say that he exemplified the statement, “anyone can be a father; it takes a real man to be a dad.” Al spent his final years in Prospect in order to bring his bride home to her family.
Al is survived by his bride, Jane (Reynolds) Garceau of Prospect and Lamoine; their “children” Kathy Bunker, her children Heather and Steven, all of Trenton; Lester Greenwood IV and wife, Connie, and their sons Lester V, Christopher and Caleb of Wewahitchka, Fla.; Don Greenwood, his wife, Keta, and daughter Amanda of Mariaville; John Salisbury and family of Miami, Fla. In addition, Al leaves a beloved sister Jo Ann Weatherford and brother-in-law Florian Stolfi of Leisure City, Fla.; niece Darla Wallace and family of Gadston, Ala.; brothers Fred, Jim and Bill and sister Judy all of upstate New York; brother Jack of San Francisco. Al will be remembered by many friends in Oklahoma, especially “Roadie” Marquez and Jim Parish. Al was predeceased by his elders, and more recently by “son” Ron Greenwood of Tulsa and “son”-in-law Richard “Dickie” Bunker of Trenton, both of whom held a special place in Al’s heart.
You will be deeply missed, Al. Forever thanks and abundant love to you for loving and supporting this family for the last few decades. At his request, there will be no service.