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Albert Real

Birth Date: August 6, 1923
Death Date: June 23, 2018

Albert Real, Resident of Oakland born August 6, 1923 – June 23, 2018 Passed away peacefully at home on June 23, 2018, at the age of 94 in the company of his loving family. Al was born in Oakland, California to Tima and Andy Real on August 6, 1923. As a young boy, Al delivered for the Post Enquirer, shined shoes and sold the Liberty 5 Cents, Saturday Evening Post Magazines and Call Bulletin newspaper at the Fruitvale Southern Pacific station every night. When he graduated from Fremont High school in Oakland, Al enlisted into the US Navy in 1942. While under service for the US Navy, he attended the University of Minnesota, School of Electrical Engineering. He then served on the USS Coffman Destroyer in 1943. In 1944 he enrolled in submarine school in New London, Connecticut and after served on Pacific Submarine Squadron 4 in Pearl Harbor. After receiving an honorable discharge and returning to Oakland, he became a member of IBEW Local 595 in 1946. One of his first Journeymen, Jess Barsballe, invited Al to dinner one evening to meet his daughter Patricia. Albert and Patricia were married on August 15, 1951 in Sonoma, CA. They made their home in Oakland where he became very active at St. Anthony’s their son’s school and church. He served 5 years as CYO Athletic Director, also coaching basketball and baseball. He was head of Holy Names Men’s Society for many years. Throughout these years Al was also a very dedicated Union member. He served on the Executive Board for 25 years and also was Secretary of Local 595 for many years. He attended various international conventions. He recently received his 75 year membership pin in 2017.
During his retirement years, he enjoyed playing golf, volunteered for prison ministry, he and his wife Patricia ran a food locker for St. Vincent de Paul at St. Anthony’s for several years. He was always busy with home projects – the last, building himself a man cave. He loved to dance swing and jitterbug at social events and he could be caught dancing up until he was 93!
He was preceded in death by his loving wife Patricia to whom he was married for almost 60 years and his brother Fred Real. He is survived by his sons Michael (wife Connie), Steven (wife Susana) and John (wife Amanda); 7 grandchildren (Dan, David, Jim, Jessica, Josie, Sophia, Jesse); and two great grandchildren, Sam and Amelia, and close friend, Pauline Williams.
Al had great faith and was devoted to the Blessed Mother. Relatives and friends are invited to the Visitation starting at 4 p.m., with Rosary at 7 p.m., on July 9, 2018 at Chapel of the Chimes, 4499 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, CA 94611. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on July 10 at 11 a.m. at St. Jarlath’s Catholic Church located at 2620 Pleasant St. Oakland, CA 94602. Luncheon reception immediately following Mass at church hall.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude’s Hospital and/or the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements are incomplete at this time. Service details will be posted as soon as they become available.
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  1. A Tribute to Mr. Real

    Written by: Erich Erker, Edgar Erker

    Dear Real Family,

    Although we have not been in touch for a long time, my brother Edgar and I would like to pay tribute to a great man who led a wonderful life. We are grateful to Mr. Real for the time and energy that he gave to St. Anthony’s sports programs, especially CYO Basketball. He was a great example to the kids, and may his memory live on! May he live in eternal peace!

  2. Dear Al

    Written by: Rosa Porras-Cordova

    It’s hard to believe that Al is gone but I know he is with his beautiful wife Pat in heaven. I am 25 years old and I remember Al and pat helping me and my family out so much when I was a little girl. We would go to St.Anthonys to get food, or clothes or sometimes both and they were always so nice. I never had a grandfather that I could look up and see but I always imagined that if I did, I would hope he would be just like Al. I love you Al and when I look back at my younger years you and your wife will always be apart of my story. See you soon.

  3. Albert Real

    Written by: Lilas Marcussen

    Al Real was my dad’s best friend growing up in the Fruitvale area of Oakland. They met in elementary school and were best friends until my dad passed away 9 years ago. My grandfather would take them to St. Mary’s football games, Kezar Stadium in San Francisco and other sporting events. They joined the Navy together, however got separated somehow, so they were not able to be together in the Navy. When I was born my parents selected Al to be my Godfather. He was always so sweet and had such a great smile. Al will be missed. My sympathy to his family.
    Love Lilas Marcussen

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