On November 7, 2023, at the age of 93, Dr. Albert Frederick Gaal Jr. passed away. Born in Irvington, New Jersey in 1930, where he spent his young adulthood.
After earning his doctorate degree from Penn State College of Optometry, Albert served in the Army's Medical Services Corps from 1954 to 1956. Following his military service, he joined his father's optometric practice, returning to Irvington.
Albert was deeply involved in various Irvington organizations, including serving as the Lions Club president, being a part of the Board of Education, Jay-Cees, Chamber of Commerce, and dedicating time as a town Councilman.
In the early '70s, Albert and his family made a new home in Oldwick, NJ, where he resided for over 50 years. During this time, he worked as an optometrist during the weekdays and enjoyed being a gentleman farmer at Spring Meadow Farm on weekends. He continued his engagement with the community, serving as the VP and president of the local Early Ford V8 Car Club from 1972- and a long standing member of the Tewksbury Historical Society. Another passion was judging National meets for the early Ford V8 Club specializing in wagons.
Al was known for his love of storytelling, his passion for tinkering with cars, exploring antiques, and preserving his old home's history.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Dorothea, and his son, William. Albert is survived by his daughter, Marcie (Eric)Metzler, as well as his grandchildren, Dr. Antoinette(Bryan)Martin, Albert Metzler, Taylor Gaal, and Katherine Gaal.
Albert Gaal Jr. will be remembered for his genuine love of life, unwavering friendship, and the joy he brought to those around him. Rest in peace, Albert; your legacy lives on in our hearts and memories.
Visitation will be held on Monday, November 13 from 3-7pm at the Bailey Funeral Home, 176 Main Street, Peapack. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your favorite charity in Alberts name.