Mr Albert Al Allpress

October 26, 1923October 30, 2011

ALBERT ALLPRESS 1923 - 2011 Al passed away peacefully in his home on October 30, 2011. He was the fantastic, loving husband of Beryl (Allen) Allpress and a wonderful father to Margie (Bill), Marilyn (Joe), Peggy (Marshall), Alan, Esther and Dan. He was predeceased by his sons, Rod and Tom. He was an amazing and much loved Grampa to 10 grandchildren and 6 great- grandchildren and he was also "Dad" to a large extended family. Al grew up in various parts of Toronto, mainly in North Toronto. He attended Northern Vocational School where he acquired enough skills to build the family home in West Hill. Beryl and Al raised 6 children there and Al completed his life journey there. Al served in the Canadian Navy during World War ll where he was a Stoker First Class. He served on minesweepers with most of his time being spent on the Sarnia. Al was an active member of St. Margaret's in the Pines Anglican Church where he served as a Lay Reader for over 50 years. At one point, he served as a Lay Pastor for a year. He was a Sunday School teacher and then a Sunday School Superintendent for several years. Beryl and Al headed up a youth group at the Church for many years along with Norm and Ginny Barker. Al enjoyed young people and got along very well with them. In his forties, Al decided that he wanted to be a teacher instead of continuing his trade as a Tool and Die maker. He ended up teaching Machine Shop at Sir Wilfrid Laurier Collegiate in the Guild. He always said that it was the best job that he had ever had. It allowed Beryl and Al the time to enjoy many trips across Canada with their trailer. After his retirement, Al took up wood carving and really excelled at it. He was a member of the Ontario Wood Carvers Guild and even won a few ribbons. He also did wood carving with the Port Union Seniors Group. He was a member of St. Timothy's Fast Friars Group and spent many Tuesday mornings in their shop. Al loved people and loved telling stories. He enjoyed and loved his grandchildren as they played in the yard, helped him in his workshop and sat beside him while he played his organ. Al had a wonderful full life and now he has finished the race. "He has kept the Faith. There is laid up for him a crown of righteousness." (2 Timothy, Chapter 4, verses 7-8). A service to celebrate Al's life will be held at St. Margaret's in the Pines Anglican Church, 4130 Lawrence Ave., on Thursday, November 3, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. Visitation will be held at the church, one hour before the service. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Giffen-Mack Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, Scarborough Chapel, 4115 Lawrence Ave. E., 416-281-6800. Donations to St. Margaret's in the Pines Anglican Church or Casey House would be appreciated by the family.


  • Service of Rememberance Thursday, November 3, 2011
  • Visitation Thursday, November 3, 2011

Mr Albert Al Allpress

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November 28, 2011

fond memories of Mr Allpress, one of my favorite teachers!! Scott MacDonald ..Kelowna BC

David Kleyh

November 26, 2011

Mr Alpress was a wonderful man and a great teacher for me at Laurier for 10th grade machine shop class. May his family have comfort at this time. Mr Alpress will be missed by me.

Karen Kerry

November 14, 2011

I was saddened to hear of the loss of Mr. Allpress. A very fine man and an icon to the community of West Hill. I had the pleasure of knowing him both as a student as Laurier and a fellow parisher at St. Margaret's. A life well-lived and a presence to be missed.

Terry Wilson

November 6, 2011

Mr Allpress taught me machine shop from 1973-1977 at Laurier C.I. I made an abour press in Grade 12 and loaned it to my brother for an interview for a millwright apprenticeship.
He was a patient and dedicated teacher who always took the time for personal instruction. He was one of the good guys and I am glad that he had a fulfilling life. He will be sorely missed.

Karen Johnston Coseni

November 4, 2011

Mr Allpress, you will be sadly missed by my whole family. My Dad has many wonderful stories to tell of times spent with you along with his brothers. You are laid to rest alongside my Mother and my Sister Frances, so you are in good company. Fly with the Angels Al, I look forward to meeting you in the halls of heaven just like I did in the halls of Laurier, you were one of the BEST! You will be sadly missed.

Fran Brunke

November 3, 2011

Many years ago I acquired a set of wooden pendulums made by Mr. Allpress. Made from different woods, they are beautiful, smooth and shining. My favourite has always been the Maple. They feel warm in the hand, are very accurate, and I still use them to this day.
Rest in peace. Thoughts and prayers with you all.
Fran Brunke

November 3, 2011

Mr Allpress was one of those teachers who you never forget, He was certainly one of my favourites at Laurier and I am thankful that He found his calling and I could share some of his life and lessons for my years at Laurier. Rest well Mr. Allpress, we will miss and remember you, Rob Kunz

Susan Ackerman

November 2, 2011

I have been a Retired Teachers Organization phoner for several years and Albert was on my list to call annually and say "Hello & How are you". I never met Albert except on the phone, but I will miss our little summer chats. My sympathy to the family.

Sandy Logan

November 2, 2011

Grade 10 Machine shop would not have been grade 10 Machine shop without Mr. Allpress......One of my favourite classes and teachers in 1971,72

November 1, 2011

Mr and your family ... fixtures on Dunstall Cres. You always took time to say hi, wave or have a wee chat at the curbside with me. Thank you for being such a wonderful friend to my parents over all these years, with your laughter and stories to share. Our street will never be the same. I know you are with Mr O, Tommy and Rod right now watching over the families. Be at peace our friend.
Jannine F