Harry Alvin “Al” Brian Sr.

Harry Alvin “Al” Brian Sr., 87, of 3460 Grant Rd., Ridgway, died at his residence on Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010. He was born Oct. 5, 1923 in Ridgway, son of the late Reed L. and Mable I. Mattren Brian. On Aug. 24, 1946, he married Jean Buehler, who survives. He lived in Buffalo, N.Y. from 1946-1949, where he worked for Bethlehem Steel. He lived the rest of his life in Ridgway, where he raised his family on Grant Road. He was a member of the Evangelical Covenant Church and the American Legion. He was a leader in the Boy Scouts and the 4-H. In 1986, he retired from Windstream Telephone Co. as a Cablesplicer/Supervisor. A veteran of WWII, he had served in the U.S. Navy as a Motor Machinist’s Mate Second Class. He was honorably discharged on Jan. 8, 1946. He enjoyed gardening, fishing, hunting, and traveling with Jean after he retired.In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Harry (Marianne) Brian of Johnson City, Tenn. and Jody (Linda) Brian of Ridgway; three daughters, Margaret (Ralph) Tettis of Ridgway, Elizabeth (Michael) Studery of Valencia, and Heidi (Tim) Devlin of Beaver; 18 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; a brother, Robert (Jean B.) Brian of Philadelphia; and by numerous nieces and nephews.Besides his parents he was preceded in death by a son, Robert Brian, four sisters, and two brothers.Memorial services for Harry Alvin "Al" Brian Sr. will be held at the convenience of the family. There will be no visitation. Memorial donations may be made to the Evangelical Covenant Church, 315 Center St., Ridgway, PA 15853; or to the Ridgway Public Library, 329 Center St., Ridgway, PA 15853.Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Meehan-Shilk Funeral Home.