Albert P. DeCelle died unexpectedly on September 15, 2017, in Myrtle Beach, S.C., after a very brief illness. Born on June 28, 1926, in Methuen, Mass., to Frances and Arthur DeCelle, Albert was one of four children, with siblings Dorothy, Robert and Ramona. He left the Corliss School in Methuen, Mass., at an early age and went off to seek his fortune working in the Wood Mill, and in the construction business. After a two-year enlistment in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and an honorable discharge in 1946, Albert fell in love and married his dream girl, Alice Stapleton, in 1948. They quickly had three children.
With this growing family to support, Albert made the wise decision to seek employment that afforded steady pay and benefits, and joined the Lawrence Fire Dept. in 1958, after many years on the wait list. He rose through the ranks after dedicated studying day and night, and retired at the rank of Deputy Chief in 1991 after 33 years of service.
Along the way, Albert went on to complete both his GED and an associates degree in fire science. Additionally, he worked concurrent jobs at Bruckman's and St. Patrick's School while fulfilling his regular department duties. Inactivity was not in his genes. Prior to the last few years, when the little known NPH robbed him of much of his cognitive ability, Albert would regale all who would listen with his total recall of every fire Lawrence ever had, who was working the duty, and how many alarms were called. We all learned to nod our collective heads and not interrupt.
Albert is survived by his daughter, Sharon DeCelle of Urbana, Ill.; son, Paul and wife, Chris of Gillette, Wy.; and daughter, Gael and husband, Herb Kaler of Ocean Isle Beach, N.C. He also has six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Cremation will be private, and his ashes will be spread by the family at a later time.
Published on  September 18, 2017