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Albert "Uncle Al" J. Perkowski

October 12th, 1925 - June 19th, 2024

Albert J. Perkowski, aka “Uncle Al,” 98, formerly of Erie, Pennsylvania passed away peacefully in Sarasota, Florida on 19 June 2024 with his Great Nephew, Greg Formanski, at his side. 


Al was born and raised during the Great Depression in Erie, and like many of his friends, entered military service in the United States Army and was actively involved in WWII. Al was a Private First Class with Company G of the 232nd Infantry Regiment, 42nd Infantry “Rainbow”Division and saw combat action in France, Belgium and Germany before his Honorable Discharge in March of 1946. Notably, Al received a Purple Heart w/an Oak Leaf Cluster for two wounds received just after the infamous Battle of the Bulge. 


Al was preceded in death by his father, Walter Perkowski and mother, Mary Brocious Perkowski, his sisters, Frances, Mary and Dorothy and his brothers, Bud (Joseph) and Eddie. 


Al is survived by his “younger” brother, Leonard Perkowski, 97 residing in St. Petersburg, Florida. With no children of his own, Al has 2 generations of nieces and nephews, to all of whom “Uncle Al” was more of a “grandpa” figure. 


While working for Erie Iron Works, Al enjoyed the outdoor life of hunting and fishing in Pennsylvania and upstate New York. Al was an avid archer, bowler, horseshoe pitcher, pool player and was well known throughout the Erie area. In his 70’s and having given up winters, Al moved first to Punta Gorda and eventually settled in St. Petersburg, Florida where he quickly fell in love with warmer weather games, like golf and shuffleboard. Al was an active owner in the Melody Gardens Park for many years until 2018 when his ailing health required him to move to Sarasota with Greg. After a heart valve bypass, Al was given a new lease on life and continued to play golf until he was 96! The last three years, Al was a popular resident at the Aravilla Assisted Living Facility, where residents are sad of his passing, but happy that someone besides Al will now win at Bingo! 


Al leaves behind nothing but wonderful memories made with all his beloved Canadian and extended families. His quick wit and jovial sense of humor is sorely missed already. 


Services will be held at Sarasota National Cemetery on a TBD date, probably October 2024. Rest easy Soldier, you’re “Dismissed!”

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Bob and Jan Watson

Al Perkowski A good friend and a Step Dad for me for many years! My Dad died in 1987 and my mom was left alone for a few years but she rented at Melody Gardens Park where her brother Doug rented as well. While she was there she met Al and my bet it was at bingo! My mom was in her early 70's when her and Al became a couple and she being old school asked me if I was OK with it. My answer was simple , I indicated my Dad would want her to move on and be happy in her “Golden” years. Al and Mom lived in Florida in the winter and in Canada for the Summer for about 18 years. Their love for Bingo was still there as they went to many ones every week. It was a great match and their feelings for each other were so obvious and they complimented each other until my Mom passed away at 94. Al continued on and enjoyed his life with golfing , shuffle board until recently when he succumbed to age related problems. I believe Al enjoyed his longevity and took advantage of all aspects of everywhere he lived. He actually lived his life and was active right up to the end. This life was aided by his great nephew Greg for which I am so grateful. Lets face it 98 was amazing, but active and still mentally there is unbelievable. Our family in Canada loved Al and were so happy my mother and Al were able to comfort each other in their senior years. We loved him and he knew it! We visited him in Florida later on every chance we could and my children, grandchildren and great grandchildren got to know him. Al was so happy when they called or visited. My niece Debbie ( a published author) spent several days with him recently and is in the process of writing a book about Al’s life including his time in military and he was hoping to be able to read it but it didn’t work out. He will be missed by so many of us in Canada and I can only hope he will be with his friends and family where he is now. Bob and Jan Watson With love the Watson Family

Published June 25th, 2024

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