Alfred Allen "Al" Hooper
Surrounded by his family and close friends Doug, Linda and Malcom, the death of Alfred Allen "Al" Hooper, husband of Brenda Hooper (Mean) occurred at the Saint John Regional Hospital on Friday, January 27, 2023 after a period of failing health. Al was born on February 12, 1943 at St. Stephen to the late Andrew and Mae Hooper (Hatt). Al was a true family man, a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and brother. He is survived by his wife, Brenda; children: Tammy Munn (Richard) of Pennfield, Chadrick Hooper (Ke) of St. George, Gary Orser (Kathy) of Fredericton, Richard Orser (Trena) and Laurie Orser (Courtney) both of Hartland, NB; grandchildren: Cody (Natasha), Alexis, Miley, Octavia, Kaiya, Josh, Jacob, Jamie, Collin, Allison,Caleb, Kyle, Celena-K, Ethan, Logan and Summer; great-grandchildren: Emery, Nathaniel, and Connor; siblings: Rufus Hooper of Saint John, and Pauline of Pennfield and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Predeceased by Andrew, Sheldon, Fraser Etta and Marlene.
Al wore many hats throughout is life, but his passion was for music. He started singing and playing the guitar at age 10 and by the age of 13 he was singing and playing with his own band. Following school Al worked briefly for Connors Brothers in the front office but quickly decided to follow his dream and moved to Toronto. While in Toronto, Al worked for the Blue Cross Ontario Hospital Association, but followed his dream to be a country singer. He founded Al Hooper and the Blue Diamond Show Band, they had many hits plus 51 recordings to his credit. Al played at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN with his hit song ‘I’ll Write You Mum’. Being an ECMA winner and New Brunswick Country music Hall of Fame inductee were crowing moments. In the late 70’s Al decided to move his young family home and became a small business owner by creating Al’s Chicken Coop and Al’s Red Lantern in Pennfield along with owning multiple antique shops in St.George. Al was very active in the community, in his early years as a Pennfield resident Al headed the LSD committee and worked tirelessly getting the Pennfield fire hall their first fire truck. Al also sat on various committees such as planning and construction of Fundy High School, St.George. Al had a monument erected in Pennfield honoring the founder, Sir. William Penn plus volunteered throughout the year raising money to help Santa Clause come to Pennfield Corner with treats for all the Children. He enjoyed coaching Basketball, Baseball and Hockey in his younger years. He also loved to tinker/fix watches and other jewelry in his spare time. Al was a great fisherman, hunter and loved performing at various music venues across Atlantic Canada traveling with his adored wife Brenda.
Arrangements in the care of the St. George Funeral Home (755-3533) 26 Portage Street, St. George. Visitation will be held at the Sea View Full Gospel Church, Back Bay on Monday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm. The Funeral Service will take place at the church on Tuesday, January 31, 2023 at 2:00 pm with Rev. Randy Crozier and Rev. Junior Cooke officiating. The interment will be held in the St. George Rural Cemetery in the spring of 2023 In Al’s memory, The family would appreciate any donation’s to be made to Charlotte County Cancer or the St. George Food Bank.