Mr. Alfred E. Urban Jr. a longtime resident of Garden City, passed away peacefully on Thursday evening, February 2nd in Williamsville, a suburb of Buffalo, NY. Born at home on May 12, 1925 in Long Island City to Freddy and Hedwig Urban, he was the older brother to Jackie Urban.
Alfred grew up in College Point, NY, hunting in the Adirondack Mountains and spending summers in Port Washington by the water. He loved boating and the ocean his whole life. During WW II, Alfred ran communication lines across enemy borders and received the Bronze Star as well as the French Legion of Honor for bravery in hazardous conditions.
After returning from the war, he worked as a lineman for NY Telephone Co. and attended Adelphi University’s night school on the GI Bill. During one evening speech class, he met Muriel Irene Peters. He romanced her by dancing and dining. They married in 1954, honeymooning in Bermuda. Several years later, with two young daughters in tow, Al and Muriel moved to Garden City where they spent many happy years.
Dedicated to public service, Al and Muriel became an integral part of Garden City life and politics. Together they served on many Community Boards, organizing a variety of functions including the successful GC Bicentennial in 1976. Alfred was active on the Boards of GC Community Church, The Hempstead Harbor Club of Glen Cove, The American Legion Post, The Garden City Country Club, The Retired Men’s Club and Adelphi University’s Friends of the Library Association.
An avid life-long sailor, Alfred also enjoyed motor boating, renovating several wooden hull craft on his own. In later years he would spend much of his time out fishing. His other passions were competitive bridge, bowling and planning family vacations to see as much of the United States as possible. He was famous for turning the dining room table into a planning command center before each trip. Upon retiring from the phone company in 1997, he and Muriel became the daring duo, traveling to China, Russia, and Germany. They frequently returned to Hawaii and Bermuda to enjoy the sand and surf.
After Muriel passed away in the summer of 2019, Alfred moved to Williamsville, in the Buffalo area, with his eldest daughter Diane and her family. He enjoyed the Scottish Heritage and Buffalo Wing Festivals as well as sitting by the roaring Niagara Falls. Alfred lived in great comfort and care, attending Senior Center programs and having small adventures until early December 2022. He remained at home in hospice care until the end. We now feel he is dancing with Muriel.
Alfred is survived by his two daughters, Diane Marie Kessler of Williamsville, NY, and Melissa Jenine Bradley of Garden City, NY. Their husbands Daniel Kessler and Thomas Bradley as well as 3 grandchildren Andrew and David Kessler and Emily Anne Bradley.