Clarence “Al” Bishop Sr., age 79, passed away after a accidental fall on the ice at his home on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at Albany Medical Center.
Al was born on May 22, 1934 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. to the late, Nelson and Helen Butterfield Bishop.
He was educated in Saratoga Springs and was a lifelong resident of the area.
Al married the love of his life and best friend Florence Perry on August 24, 1955 and they spent 58 wonderful years together.
Al served his country in the US Army for 20 years retiring from the reserves.
He worked as a Cook for the NY State Department of Corrections, Mount McGregor retiring after 29 years of service.
Al loved spending time with his family and enjoyed being with his grandchildren.
He was a wise guy and liked making people laugh and always squawking his chickens making his presence known. Al was a long time Yankee Fan, enjoyed Bingo and loved his McDonalds coffee.
Al is survived by his wife Florence “Flo”; and sons, Clarence Jr. (Cheryl) of St. Cloud , FL and Jeffrey Bishop Sr. (Melissa) of Saratoga: daughters, Lillian Kirkpatrick (Ed) of Saratoga and Suzanne Allen (Matthew) of Greenfield Ctr.; Sisters, Beulah Gilroy (William) of Ohio and Dorothy Wilkins of Saratoga; brothers, Richard Bishop and Martin Bishop (Jane) both of Florida; grandchildren, Daniel, Justin, Eric, Caitlin, Courtney, Jeffrey Jr., Jordan, Zackery, Sabrina, Gabby and Matthew; and several nieces, nephews and friends.
He is preceded in death by his sisters, Lillian Mihalek and Beverly Bujanowski; brothers, Sonny and Sam Bishop; grandson Tom Kirkpatrick
Graveside service will be held at 11am, on Monday, March 24, 2014, at Gerald B.H. Solomon, Saratoga National Cemetery, 200 Duell Rd., Schuylerville, NY.
Calling hours for friends and family will be held on Sunday March 23, 2014 from 4-6 pm, at Compassionate Funeral Care, 402 Maple Ave, (Rte. 9) Saratoga Springs N.Y. 12866.
Arrangements are under the direction of Compassionate Funeral Care, 402 Maple Ave., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.
The family would like to extend an invitation to family and friends to join them at the American Legion Post 70, 34 West Ave., for further fellowship and lunch from 1-4 pm on Monday.