A VERY SAD DAY - AL SMITH R.I.P.Today the funeral took place of Councillor Al Smith, a friend and colleague who will be greatly missed by all who met him, both in a private and political capacity. Al (Albert) was a long standing councillor for the Blackbrook Ward in St Helens, he leaves a wife, a daughter and grand-daughter who he loved to bits.
Al died suddenly whilst representing Merseyside Fire Authority on the council's behalf on a promotional visit to Hong Kong. Today, St Mary's Church, Blackbrook was full to the rafters to hear a truly heart rendering service. A lifelong supporter of the Saints who followed them home and away, and a keen angler, but most of all a dedicated family man who passionately fought for all that might benefit his community, but especially if it benefited children.
Appropriately the first hymn chosen was "Abide with Me" and the departing hymn was "When the Saints go Marching In".
Al Smith RIP