Al Berry. Family and friends of Al Berry feel blessed to have shared in the journey of this larger-than-life-man. Al had many passions in his life and devoted his time to his family, his church community, school teaching, square dance calling and wood working. In his early years he was very active in the Boy Scout Movement and proudly earned his way to being a “King Scout”. Al’s extended family include his wife, Joy; his daughters Catherine, Tammy, Dawn, Kim (deceased); his sons, Colin, Scott (deceased); his many grandchildren; great grand-children, nieces and nephews. Al was a well-loved leader in the Carman United Church community. In his later years with declining health, he happily took on the role of “Chief Hugger/Greeter” at the door each Sunday. Al’s square dance calling career began at UBC in 1949 and became a lifelong source of happiness and satisfaction for him. He was a consummate performer who loved the attention and the people! Al had a fulfilling teaching career and was proud to be known to thousands of students in the Chilliwack area as “Captain Purple”. In his retirement years be brought his gift of square dance calling to schools throughout the province and continued sharing this passion at hundreds of private functions. A celebration of life for Al will take place at Carman United Church on Saturday, March 29th at 2:00pm. In lieu of flowers, donations to the “Carman United Church Memorial and Endowment Fund” would be most appreciated to help carry out projects beloved of Al throughout the community and wider world.

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