It is with deep sorrow and sadness that we announce the unexpected passing of our loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather on Saturday, February 1, 2020. Al was born on March 27, 1947, in Goettingen, Germany. He is survived by his loving family; one son, Alvin Thoma, three daughters; Joanne (Eugene) Bourgeois, Sylvia (Kevin) Connell and Michelle (Stephen) Jabs; seven grandchildren; Nina (Tim) Kooter, Steven (Kayla) Bourgeois, Nicholas (Vanessa) Bourgeois, Ethan Connell, Adam Connell, Andrew Jabs, and Matthew Jabs; five great-grandchildren, Marritt Kooter, Theo Kooter, Wren Bourgeois, Daliah Bourgeois, and Nova Bourgeois. He also leaves to mourn many cousins, nieces, nephews and dear friends in Canada and Germany. Al is now reunited with the love of his life, Margaret (Marg) who passed away on February 21, 2019. Al is predeceased by his siblings; Freda Anaka, Gerti Labrecque, Hilda Eberhardt, Alfred Thoma, and sister-in-law, Kay Thoma; mother Mary, father Anton, mother-in-law, Maria, father-in-law, Johann, sister-in-law, Tillie Nelisher, brother-in-law, Bill Nelisher and many other family and friends who are all there to welcome him home. Prayer Service and viewing was held on Friday, February 7, 2020, at 7 p.m. at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Barrhead. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Saturday, February 8, 2020, at 11 a.m. at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Barrhead with Interment at St. Anne’s Cemetery in Barrhead. Donations gratefully accepted to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or charity of choice.
Westlock Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.