OBITUARY

Albert "Pap" Victor Secen Sr.

February 23, 1933November 7, 2020
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Albert "Pap" Victor Secen was born on February 23, 1933 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and passed away on November 7, 2020 in Palm Harbor, Florida and is under the care of Sylvan Abbey - Funeral Home.

Memorial Service will be held on November 28, 2020 at 10:00 am at St. Luke Catholic Church, 2757 Alderman Rd., Palm Harbor, Florida. Committal Service will be held on November 28, 2020 at 11:30 am at Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park, 2860 Sunset Point Rd., Clearwater, Florida.

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  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, November 28, 2020

  • Committal Service

    Saturday, November 28, 2020

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Kathy Connor

November 18, 2020

For the Secen Family: my deepest condolences. The band in heaven is getting bigger. RIP, Al.

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Alex Kerr

November 17, 2020

I always knew Al cared deeply for those close to him, and I knew he loved me like a grandson. He would go out of his way to help others whenever possible, and my life has only improved because of knowing him. -Alex

Jim Romanowski

November 15, 2020

Gary, Greg, Karen & Al. - I’m sorry to hear of the passing of Uncle Al . I’m sure this is a difficult time for you and my prayers are with you. One of my memories of your dad is getting picked up for church in the VW bus when I was probably 4 or so years old. It’s hard to believe that was over 50 years ago.

Jim Romanowski

Jack Mooresmith

November 15, 2020

I got to know my father-in-law, Pap, really well after Karen and I moved to Florida, not 25 minutes from Pap and Carol’s house. It has been great getting to know so many stories about life in both Pittsburgh and Palm Harbor. Pap led a very full life with many great memories. That is all any of us can hope for.

Karen Secen Mooresmith

November 15, 2020

My dad loved me even though I was born tone deaf. My Uncle tried to teach me the piano but he told Dad I was hopeless. I could not comprehend music notes but that did not matter to him. I used my fingers to type and became a legal secretary. He was so proud of me. I remember Saturday mornings when the weather was nice and I was trying to sleep, he would be outside cutting the lawn at a very early hour. He never ran out of energy - biking, playing the vibes down in the basements for hours, and "The Silhouettes" was his jazz group. They would play at "Three Rivers Art Festival" every year. After my mother died in 1980, he was fortunate to find Carol who became the new love of his life. Theirs was a true love story. They moved to Florida and he started a new jazz group. In fact, years ago they played at Tampa's Jazz Festival. He sent me a CD of their music. We would come down every February [from Alabama] for his birthday. We fell in love with Florida and Dad's Florida family. We moved to Florida April 2019 and I had 19 wonderful months with him. I'm sad he's gone and I will always miss him but I know he's at peace and will continue to watch over all of his. Dad, I love you and miss you.

Jordan Schaffner

November 14, 2020

I don’t know if I could truly pick a single favorite memory of Pap. Him and my gramma played such a pivotal part in my upbringing. He is the reason I am so invested in music. He taught me how to play the xylophone, keyboard, and that is what got me into guitar. I remember hours after school reading and doing math with him. He taught me how to swim and ride a bike. I remember spending weekends riding the trails on my pink bike with him. He has a way of telling stories and teaching that I am so thankful for. I am so lucky and honored to have known him. I wish that I had gotten more time.
I’ll see you again, Pap.

Dave Lynch

November 13, 2020

I would like to express my deepest condolences to the Secen family.
I had the honor and privilege of playing and performing music with Al as a Jazz Guitarist (Sideman) in the Al Secen Jazz Workshop. It was a wonderful group to be a part of, and I will cherish the memories of working and learning so much from Al. He expanded my musical boundaries and challenged me to be better, and I viewed him as a mentor. He was a truly talented, creative and original composer and musician. I will really miss him. I know my fellow musicians all feel the same way. Thank you Al, for all you have given me. I will never forget you. God Bless..... Dave

Gary Secen

November 13, 2020

To know Dad is to know he had two passions: music and bike-riding. Although I made a valiant effort to develop interests in both things, I never came close to matching his passion. I learned how to play guitar, sort of, and when that didn’t really work out I tried bike-riding.

Dad would talk about how beautiful it was to ride and to see things you just can’t see from a car. Feeling the wind in your face and eating bugs … okay eating bugs was not his favorite part. But hearing his stories made me want to take a long ride with him and so one day I had the bright idea to ask if he wanted to bike ride to Erie. This was a two-and-a-half-hour car ride from home. I think he was impressed I wanted to try and so one sunny Saturday in April we set out on our journey.

Funny thing about April is that it is very windy, and the wind blows strong from the North – exactly the direction we were riding. We worked hardest pedaling downhill and on level road against the wind and looked forward to pedaling uphill because the wind was less ferocious. Dad barely broke a sweat. I was hurting. Yeah, trying to keep up with Dad was painful … literally painful! Fortunately for me, he had the foresight to ask Grandpap, Grandma and Mom to drive to Erie so they could drive us back home. Great call, Dad!

On another occasion, my fraternity was doing a charity fund-raiser to bike from Edinboro (near Erie) to Pittsburgh and Dad volunteered to ride with us. While I and all my fraternity brothers tag-teamed the 150-mile ride, Dad rode the entire way. What a show-off!

Dad also had a great sense of humor. Every birthday he would remind me that I was catching up to him. But I never did, and I never could. There was no keeping up with Dad. He lived a good life … a fulfilling life. He had a good ride.

See you on the other side, Dad. I love you.

Gregory Secen

November 13, 2020

I often wished dad had written a book. He was a master storyteller and had many to share. From his days in Lawrenceville to his adventures in the air force; he had stories. Like the time they came back from a gig and left Uncle Ronnie sleeping in the back of the car in grandpap’s garage; when he woke up he thought he was blind because it was so dark; they all just laughed. Or the story of a trip to Cheat Lake when Uncle George and another friend were going to walk to the general store over the railroad bridge. The others were watching their flashlights slowly walking until a train was coming the other way; then the two dots of light quickly bounced the other way as they ran for their lives. It had a happy ending and again, they all just laughed.

I remember the first day dad met Carol. He planned on taking Dawn out to dinner for her birthday. The next morning he called and told me he wanted me to meet someone, I was deathly afraid his new friend was Dawn; I was relieved to find out it was Carol (no offense Dawn). And that was the best thing that could have happened to him; Carol was a God send. She is truly a blessing to both dad and our family. We love you Carol!

As the Silhouette’s reunite in a better place, I am sure grandma and grandpap have front row seats. And God and the angel’s now get to enjoy dad’s jokes and stories. God bless you dad, may you rest in peace. Until we meet again…

Diane Kulas

November 13, 2020

Our family has such fond memories of "Cousin Al" . We had so many great Holidays with Al and his family at his parent's house. To this day we still reminisce about those times. My condolences to Carol and my Secen cousins. Cousin Al was a great man, his passing make those memories even more special.

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