1924 – 2014

SOUTH PARIS — Albert W. Tirrell Jr., 89, of Mechanic Falls, died Tuesday morning, March 11, at the Maine Veterans’ Home, where he had resided for the past year and a half, surrounded by his family.

He was born in Casco on Dec. 26, 1924, the son of Albert W. and Gertrude J. Aldrich Tirrell Sr. He faithfully served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II, landing on day two of the invasion of Normandy beach. He did not like to talk about the war with his children; however, he was very proud of his service to his country. On Nov. 20, 1948, he married Audrey Patricia Hutchins of Mechanic Falls; she predeceased him.

He was employed at J.J. Nissen as a bread route driver for 26 years, then worked for the MDOT in Poland for several years. In 1977, they moved to Wilsons Mills, where he worked for MDOT in Rangeley. Albert was a lifelong member of American Legion Post 150 in Mechanic Falls.

He loved gardening, cookouts, campfires, camping and snowmobiling. He was a wonderful son, husband, father and friend. Albert enjoyed spending time outdoors teaching his children and grandchildren hunting and fishing.

Survivors include his children, Ronald W. Tirrell and wife, Faith, of Mechanic Falls, Debbie Perkins and husband, Philip, of Oxford, Jeffery Tirrell and wife, Carrie, of Oxford, Linda Purington and husband, Gary, of Mechanic Falls and Tanya Cadman and husband, Alan, of Mechanic Falls; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and nine nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife; his oldest son, Terry Tirrell; and two sisters, Mildred Macdonald and Elizabeth Ames, both of Poland.

The family would like to say a special thank-you to the nursing staff of C unit at the Veterans’ Home for all the wonderful love and care their father received.

To share online memories and offer condolences to his family, visit www.chandlerfunerals.com.

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