2017-12-27 / Obituaries

Alvin Tanzer

Alvin “Al” Tanzer passed away peacefully while holding his true love’s hand on Sunday, Dec. 24. He was born in Brooklyn on May 24, 1930 to Jenny Flaumenbaum and Louis Tanzer. He is survived by his spouse of 62 years, Hannah, two sons; Lawrence of Myrtle Beach and Steven and wife, Beth of Margaretville and three grandchildren; Elia, Samuel and Jarod.

Al attended Erasmus Hall High School where he played football and sang in the chorus. At age 18, after graduating from Erasmus, he joined the Naval Air Corp. for six years; two active and four in the reserves, being stationed at numerous bases teaching gunnery skills and was also a turret gunner on a TBF Avenger. While in the reserves he attended Brooklyn College and NYC Technical College where be became a dental technician. While there he met Hannah at Permadent Laboratories and they were married on February 14, 1955 after winning a Romeo and Juliet contest in NYC during the premiere of United Artist’s movie “Romeo and Juliet.”

Al worked at Brooklyn Union Gas Company, Humble Oil, and Merck, Sharp & Dome before relocating to Margaretville in 1972. After moving to Margaretville he worked for Margaretville Memorial Hospital, as a manager of the Williamson Veneer Plant in Fleischmanns and various other positions before finding his niche as a real estate broker with Belleayre Realty in Fleischmanns.

Al was a very accomplished accordion player who performed with his childhood and lifelong best friend, Jerry Seidband.

Throughout his life he was associated with many community efforts including Cub Master, little league coach, President of the Midwood Sportsmans Club (often teaching the Hunter Safety Training Course), Margaretville Hospital Ambulance Squad, President of the Margaretville Chamber of Commerce, EMT First Responder and CPR Course Instructor at SUNY Delhi, Original Member of the Catskills Advertising Agency, eleven-year-member and Past President of the Margaretville Central School Board, 40-plus-year member of the Community Chorale of the Catskills (several times performing at the Belleayre Opera,) and was one of the founders of the Take a Bow Stage Players. Al was also involved with the MCS Scitimard Club and entertained several times at the Methodist Church in Fleischmanns.

Calling hours are Thursday Dec. 28 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Hynes Funeral Home in Margaretville. A Memorial Service will be held Friday, Dec. 29 at 11:00 a.m. at the Hynes Funeral Home. A graveside service will follow at 1:00 p.m. at B’nai Israel Cemetery in Clovesville. A celebration of Al’s life will follow at the Margaretville Fire Hall. Donations in Al’s name can be made to O’Connor Hospital in Delhi, Disabled American Veterans, Shriners Hospital or St. Jude’s.

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