It’s with great saddness that our family announce the passing of Al Saccucci, age 64. He was surrounded by family and friends at the Comox Valley Hospital on February 4th, when he lost his battle with cancer. He is survived by his three sons, Darcy (Michelle) Travis (Meagan) and Ryan (Pamela) and six grandchildren, Isabella, Arianna, Nico, Bennett, Arnica and Arden. Al was born in Saskatoon where he grew up in a large family. He later married Diann Abdai. Together they moved to the town of Martensville, Saskatchewan, where they started their family. He founded the local fire department along with a few close friends. Al spent his working life as a journeyman electrician, which he found a great deal of satisfaction in. In the early 90’s, he made the trek to the Comox Valley, making Courtenay his adopted home. During that time he created many meaningful friendships. He spent much of his time in his shop designing and building projects. As a craftsman Al was gifted, but would modestly say, “I just build things”. He loved being in the outdoors, canoeing, camping or four wheeling in his hand-built Toyota Land Cruiser. A long time member of the Courtenay Fish and Game, Al spent time teaching his grandchildren to shoot and embrace an outdoor lifestyle. He spend his last winters touring the US and Mexico in his Boler that he custom built. He liked to keep things simple and organized and had a knack for inspiring people to do the same. Keeping in mind his appreciation for simplicity, Al has requested to not have a funeral. We will instead be having a mid-summer celebration of his well lived life.
Our family would like extend a special thanks to all of the staff from The Comox Valley Home and Community Care who came into his home and helped out. Their efforts kept him comfortable and well taken care of. This assistance was greatly appreciated by him and our family.