Albert Bruce Ticknor Sr.

October 8, 1932April 20, 2018
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Albert (Al) Bruce Ticknor Sr. passed away Friday, April 20, 2018 in his Seattle home. He was 85. Albert was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend. He is remembered for his trailblazing sense of adventure as a pilot, outdoorsman, farmer, tinkerer, maker and world traveler.

Albert was born Oct. 8, 1932 in Centralia, WA, to Ada and Everett Ticknor. He grew up working with his family on a farm and dairy. Albert was the second of seven children. He played varsity baseball at Centralia High School until graduating in 1950.

Albert met Meady Bernice Ticknor (nee Arrowsmith) at their high school candy shop, became sweethearts and were married Aug. 31, 1952 in Centralia. They were married 65 years. Albert served in the Naval Air Reserve from 1951 to 1959. In addition, he worked as a farmer to put himself through Centralia Community College.

From 1957 to 1960, he worked for Boeing Co. on 707 production in Renton, WA. In 1960, Albert became a Airline Transport Pilot for Pacific Northern Airlines in Anchorage, Alaska. Pacific Northern later merged with Western Airlines and Albert flew with Western for 25 years retiring as a captain in 1985.

Albert, Meady and their three children lived in Anchorage until 1968. He built their home in the Spenard neighborhood of Anchorage, and his family survived the Great Alaskan Earthquake of 1964. His three children remember him as an adventurer who took them hiking, camping, fishing, boating and on flying excursions in a Cessna 170 that he rebuilt himself. In 1968, Albert and family returned to Seattle where he resided until his death.

Albert was an original Seahawks season ticket holder. He was an avid sports enthusiast, playing baseball in high school, college and as a young adult. He loved golf and enjoyed watching sports of all kinds. Albert was a loyal friend, inspiring lifelong relationships with neighbors and colleagues. For decades, he rarely missed the Monday Lunch Bunch meetup with his aviation associates at the Sizzler near Southcenter Mall. He was a member of Quiet Birdmen (QBs) fraternal organization, Freemasons, Studebaker Club and Antique Studebaker Club. Albert restored two antique Studebaker cars in his retirement.

He also developed a love for the arts, learning to play the organ in the late ’80s and later dabbled in drawing and painting.

He always had a green thumb and tended a well-cared-for garden of flowers, strawberries and vegetables. He traveled the world with his wife via cruise ships to Europe, the Panama Canal, New Zealand, Australia, Iceland, Russia and the Mediterranean.

His grandchildren fondly remember fishing trips with him to Petersburg, Alaska, and camping road trips around the United States and Canada.

Albert is survived by his wife Meady; daughter Cecily and husband Dave; son Albert Jr. (Butch) and wife Debra; and daughter Carol and husband Jim. Albert has nine grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and another expected in May this year. He was preceded in death by grandson William.


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'Butch' Albert B Ticknor Jr

May 22, 2018

That's My Dad
One of the earliest moments of pride I can recall for my father was in the fall/winter of 1961. We had a good snow fall in the Turnagain AK neighborhood where we lived, my Dad was not flying that day so he came outside to enjoy the snow with my sisters and I. We had a sled and he began pulling us on our sled. Then other neighbor kids also began asking to get pulled. As we tied on sled to another one child asked hey Mister can you pull me to? I proudly announced he's not Mister he's my 'Dad' I was aware that no other parents were out enjoying playing in the snow with their children. This is just one of a life time of many fond memories that I have from our family adventures, his experiences, stories and time he shared with us, will always live on in our hearts and with those that were lucky to know him. Thanks Dad. Love Always, 'Butch' Al Ticknor, Jr.

Roger Berens

April 28, 2018

Al was truly a gentleman, a fine aviator and a jolly good fellow. He was absolutely one of the nicest guys I ever worked with. Condolences to the family - Al is missed.

Roger Berens

P.S. Nice comments, Donna

Charles Grady

April 28, 2018

I met Al & Meady when they arrived in Dixie WA to help with Al Jr and Debbie’s new home, circa 1978.
Al was “Mr Optimism” and not one inch less. Always a big smile and kind words said.
Besides that, he owned a Studebaker. My kinda guy!

Chuck Grady
Pilot, America West Airlines, (RET)

C Kleiner

April 27, 2018

Anyone, I’m sure, would have a hard time trying not to run on when talking about Albert. Just meet Al and his eyes light up…just like they do every time you see him. Al would always treat you like a new friend and it really didn’t seem to matter who you were, or if he was busy doing something…which he usually was. There is just such a lifetime of achievements that few can come close to matching. He could light a fire under anyone too… Always quick with a joke or an anecdote, always something new. Al saved his best for the important things… being a humanitarian, a father or friend…or any thing in life that truly mattered. There really wasn’t anything he wouldn’t or couldn’t do himself and do well. Al gushed with enthusiasm with everything he did and was just about the most positively infectious guy one might encounter. A good day might be when you find someone that can solve your problems…a great day is when you meet Al Sr. You just have to stop and ask yourself… why’d he have to go and set the bar so high.

Nancy Bailey

April 26, 2018


I was so sorry to read of Al. My thoughts are with you. I remember meeting you two when Bob and I were first married and moved to Anchorage. Bob and I were traveling to Juneau many years later and Al had found out about diabetes. We ended up being on Al's last flight.

You two were an amazing couple together and a great family.

My prayers are with you.

kind regards,

Nancy Bailey

Dave Sandoval

April 24, 2018

I met Al through my classmate, friend and his daughter Carol, I being class of 77 to her class of 76. my impression of Al was that he reminded me of my father, and I admired him for his ability to talk with us kids with respect. Later in my life when I was driving delivery routes I had the privilege to deliver to his home several times, he was always welcoming and seem genuinely excited about receiving packages via FedEx. I wish I had been able to spend more time with this man, I think we could have been good friends with common interests. little known fact to most my classmates & friends, I was born in Chehalis Wa. near Centralia, where Al grew up.
Blues skies and calm winds, may you live forever in the bosom of the Lord.

Donna Latrell

April 24, 2018

Condolences to Meady and family:

I had the privilege of flying with Al several times. He was always professional, always respectful, and one of the nicest men I got to know in my flying career with Western Airlines. He also told a great story on more than one occasion! I always knew it was going to be a great flight when he was on board. I loved how he talked about his family with love and admiration. In a very round-about way, I got to meet his daughter, Cecily and she is now a dear friend. Her daughter Jessica is now a flight attendant for Alaska Airlines. I'm sure Al was more than proud, as he was of all his Grandchildren. Rest in peace Al, and we shall see you again when we all reach that "higher plane."