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Albert F. Tamer
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Mr. Albert F. Tamer, 85, passed away with his loving family by his side on Tuesday, November 7, 2006 at St. Lukes Hospital.

Al was born in Utica, March 19, 1921, a son of the late Assad and Hala (Harp) Tamer. He was educated in local schools and served in the US Army in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater during WWII. On February 2, 1952, Al was joined in marriage to the former Mildred ?Millie? Milham. Al and Millie have enjoyed a very close and loving marriage for over fifty-four years. He was a longtime member of the Knights of Columbus.

Albert was a self-employed grocer and partner with his brothers, John and Dominick Tamer, running Tamer?s Foodland on Oriskany Blvd. He operated the business for over thirty years, retiring in 1982. During his retired years and until his recent illness, Al always remained busy doing odd jobs and was a valued member of the Matt Funeral Home family, where he has been missed.

A devoted family man, Allie was always there for not only his children and grandchildren, but also his brothers and sister and their families. He also enjoyed many lifelong friendships and regularly played cards and had dinner weekly with his many friends ?The Wednesday Night Club?.

A very loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather, Al will be very deeply missed by his beloved wife, Millie; his children, David Tamer of Seattle, Cindy Tamer of Utica, Albert and Caroline Tamer of East Northport, NY, and Kristen and Anthony Scalise, Jr. of Westmoreland; his six adored grandchildren, Anthony III, Andrew and Michael Scalise, and Dillon, Daniel and Carly Tamer; his brother and two sisters-in-law, Joseph and Catherine Tamer, and Fannie Tamer; his in-laws, Libby and Joseph Merhib, of OK, Michael and Barb Milham of AZ, Lonnie Deon, and William and Mora Milham, all of Utica; also his godson A. Bryan Acee and many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He was predeceased by his children, Mark and Andrea Tamer; his brothers, John and Dominick Tamer; his sister, Rose Acee (who passed away earlier this week) two nephews, Richard ?Dickie? Tamer and Dr. Michael Milham, Jr.

His funeral will be held on Friday at 9 am from The Matt Funeral Home and at 10 am at St. Louis Gonzaga Church where the Divine Liturgy of the Departed will be celebrated by Abouna Bassam Saade, Pastor. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery. Relatives and friends may call on Thursday 5-8 pm at the Matt Funeral Home, 700 Rutger St., corner of Mohawk St. in Utica.

The family would like to offer their deepest thanks to the Doctors and staff of the the Presbyterian Home, the Heritage Home and St. Lukes Hospital for their loving care of Al during his illness.

The Hymn of the Departed will be sung this evening at 7:45 pm. and the Knights of Columbus will offer services at 7:30 pm at the funeral home.

For directions to the funeral home, click the link above.
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Dear Millie and family: Our hearts and prayers are with you in this difficult time. Ali was a wonderful man who will be missed by all who knew him. Esther DiTomasso Linda and Kip Maske

Written by linda maske(DiTomasso)
2006-11-09 12:42:15 AM

I was saddened to hear of the passing of Albert. We were both born just a few days apart. Albert was one month older than me & we grew up together in the old neighborhood of Bleecker Street & Third Ave. He was always a most cheerful friend to have with you. I know that he will be sorely missed. My condolences to all of his family.

Written by John L. Matt,Sr.
2006-11-09 5:08:39 AM

DEAR Millie Your husband was in the same room with my father at the HERITAGE home. We send are deepest sympathy for your loss. Sorry we couldn't make it to the calling hours. My father is still in the home and we are there every night. Our prayers are with you. LOVE IDA and family

Written by Ida Bellino
2006-11-09 5:14:18 PM

Millie, Cindy and Kris, I was saddened to hear of Al's passing. It was my privledge to be able to take care of him during these last couple months of his illness. My thoughts and prayers are with you all including family members I didn't get to meet you are all very special and know it's because Al was your dad and brother and very special husband. God be with you at this difficult time. And take comfort that Rose was there to show him the way. Tracey Koss LPN 5th floor St.Lukes

Written by Tracey Koss
2006-11-09 7:17:50 AM

My sisters, Rebecca & Cynthia, and I would like to send our deepest sympathy in your time of sorrow. We can remember going to Tamers Market. Mr Tamer was a caring and giving man. Through the years when we would meet, he never forgot who we were. He is in a better place and now will be your guardian angel. Bless your families. Vicky Piersma-Phillips, Rebecca Piersma Lundin, And Cynthia Piersma Lazarek

Written by Vicky Piersma-Phillips
2006-11-09 8:53:23 AM

Cindy, David, Mrs. Tamer and all the family: I am very sorry to hear of Al's passing and will pray he is at peace. Though it has been over 30 years since I worked at the store I still remember it like it was last week. I always liked working when "Ally" was in charge - pizza Tuesday nights, and slow cooked burgers behind the meat counter on Sunday's! He was a great guy and will be missed. My apologies that I won't make it over from Syracuse for the services. Tim Callahan - (or Whisperin Smith as he used to call me...)

Written by Tim Callahan
2006-11-09 8:57:45 AM

Dear Aunt Millie and Family, We were so saddened to hear the news of Uncle Allie. Know our hearts and prayers are with you and your family. All our love, Dave, Kaelyn, Kourtni and Daelon

Written by Kaelyn Milham
2006-11-11 12:44:38 AM

Al & Family - Am so sorry to hear about the passing of your father. Over the past years, I ran into him often... either buying groceries or gassing up his car. And he always had a big smile and a big hello. It was clear he was enjoying his retirement years. I had heard thru the neighborhood grapevine that these past few months had been difficult ones for him. I hope he is at peace. - Paul Osterman

Written by Paul Osterman
2006-11-13 11:48:21 AM

Dear Millie and Al's extended family. I am sorry that a last minute conflict prevented me from paying my respects at Albert's wake. I did say a personal prayer in that absence. Al you were always a joy to be with. I enjoyed those brief encounters at the store every Sunday morning in these recent years. May your memory be eternal. Bill Chanatry

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We all love you very very much!and miss you a lot! your loving family, The scalises and Tamers

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