Albert Visser went home to his Lord on Tuesday, May 18 at 91 years of age. He was born April 20, 1919 to Simon and Margret Visser in Foremost Alberta, the second of two children. On June 30, 1943 he married Grace Bos. In 1945 they moved to Abbotsford and have lived here since. Albert was predeceased by Grace, his loving wife of 66 years, on May 23, 2009. He is survived by his children: Ralph and Jacquie Visser, Len and Barb Visser, Gloria and Bob Brandsma, Carrie and Harold VanGaalen, Randy and Renee Visser, 19 grandchildren, and 32 great grandchildren. All of his family live in the lower mainland. Albert worked hard all his life: farming by age 15, blacksmithing, operating bulldozers, opening Al’s Corner Store on McKenzie Rd., and starting Visser’s Realty Ltd. (now Century 21 Ace). His daily walk with his Lord was a high priority with Albert, and he continued daily Bible reading and prayer to the end of his life. Firm traditions of family devotions and church attendance, generous donations to many Christian charities, and active participation in several Christian associations were hallmarks of his active spiritual life. Sharing the good news of Jesus Christ was a high priority for Albert all his life.
Albert also believed in being active in his community. He served on the MSA Hospital Board for 32 years, on the Westminster Real Estate Board for several years, as chairman of the Christian Businessman’s Association for 8 years and was very active in the Social Credit party and the Reform party for over 50 years. Albert was an animal lover and had pets all his life including horses, dogs, cats and llamas. For fun he fixed, repaired, invented and built almost anything using mostly available material. His many practical inventions continue to delight his family. A family interment service was held May 21 at Hazelwood Cemetery. Albert’s Celebration of Life service will be held on Wednesday, June 9 at 2:30 p.m. at SevenOaks Alliance Church. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the World Bible League, The Canadian Bible Society and/or the Salvation Army.