Alfred Big Al McDonell

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Alfred "Big Al" McDonell

January 15, 1932 - August 17, 2018

Alfred Big Al McDonell Alfred E. Big Al McDonell of 404 91st Street, passed away peacefully on Friday, August 17, 2018 at Oakwood Manor in Williamsville. He was 86. He was born in LaSalle on January 15, 1932, a son of George and Irene (Bauer) McDonell.
He attended local schools and then served in the United States Navy during the Korean War where he was wounded. The injuries he sustained lead to his retirement from the Navy. Alfred was employed as a Union Carpenter (Local 280) and worked throughout the area until his retirement at which point he ran his own remodeling business. He assisted with the building of the New York Power Authority, the Grand Island Bridges and the Three Sisters Island Bridges. Al was a member of the American Legion and an advocate of the DAV and he enjoyed the outdoors and hunting and rides in the Southern Tier.
Alfred is survived by 5 children: Rose McDonell of Lewiston, Irene McDonell of Niagara Falls, George (Nancy) McDonell of Niagara Falls, Brett (Jane) McDonell of Taberg, NY and Alfred McDonell, Jr. of New York, NY. He is also survived by two siblings: Rose Murphy and James F. McDonell both of Niagara Falls, 14 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild.
He was predeceased by his wife of 58 years, Nancy (Morrison) McDonell, his daughter Nannette McDonell Broeker and 5 siblings: Wallace, Jack, Robert and George McDonell and Ruth Prigge.
Friends may call at the LANE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 8622 Buffalo Avenue on Tuesday from 2-5 PM where funeral services will be held at 5 immediately following the visitation. Burial with Military Honors will be private in Oakwood Cemetery in Niagara Falls.
Published on August 19, 2018
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