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Obituary of Alfred James Dawson Sr.
Alfred James Dawson, Sr., affectionately known to many as “Al,” departed this life on Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at the Lutheran Medical Center in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. Alfred was born on January 31, 1959 at Ft. Gordon in Augusta, Georgia. He was the oldest son of Albert William Dawson, Sr. and Carolyn Elaine Dawson. Alfred was preceded in death by his mother and a brother, Albert William Dawson, Jr. To mourn his passing, Alfred leaves his father, stepmother, Mary Diane Dawson, four children, Kyla Bieber (David), Alfred James Dawson,Jr., Christopher McCarty-Dawson, and Gabiel Dawson Kane, several grandchildren, an older stepbrother, Larry Dawson (Susie), two younger brothers, Richard Dawson, and Darryl Dawson (Glenda), other relatives, and an extended family of dear friends, to include Keith Malonson and Dan Perkins.
After graduating from Burbank High School in Sacramento, California, Alfred pursued a career in the United States Air Force where he faithfully served his country for approximately six years. During this tenure of service from '81-'85, when he was deployed in Greece, he and his family had the occasion of visiting his father and stepmom who were stationed in Germany at the time. This was a delightful family visit that will always be treasured!
Alfred had several interests and many areas of giftedness. He especially liked building things such as model planes, jets, tables, and jewelry boxes. He also enjoyed reading scientific books, going to R&B concerts, and playing the guitar. His youngest brother, Darryl, recalls Alfred looking out for him in the neighborhood when other boys were trying to harm him. Darryl describes the best of times as being those when Alfred would show up, unannounced, for his birthday with toys! What a sweet surprise!!!
Alfred was hard-working and would help his mom out when times were difficult. This sentiment is echoed by his friend and former 20-year employer, Dan, owner of a construction company. Dan spoke highly of Alfred's work ethics, exceptional skills, talents, and job performance as being truly exceptional. Alfred was charismatic and charming. His stepmom, Diane, and father, Albert, would describe his greatest asset as being his big personality and smile which would “light up a room!” Alfred was well-read which made him a great conversationalist who could speak on almost any subject. Although he was gifted intellectually, especially in the area of electronics, he was also very versatile and athletically talented as well. His dad remembers playing baseball with him and watching his progression as a skilled pitcher on the little league team.
Alfred was well-loved and will be dearly missed. The time spent with him was far too short, but we are awaiting an eternity where we will never part.
The memorial service for Alfred will take place Wednesday, November 25th, 2020 at 10:00 AM and will be available to view for 90 days with this link: https://client.tribucast.com/tcid/728014083
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