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Al was born Jan. 22, 1929, in Windsor, Canada, to his late parents, Lewis and Gertrude Hyams. After several years of elementary school, in Canada, the family, which included his late brother, David; and sisters, Sue and Charlotte, moved to Detroit. Al, his brother, and his sisters all attended and graduated from Cooley High School.

In 1951, during the Korean War, Al was drafted and sent to Fort Riley, Kansas for basic training. This was followed by a position at Ladd Air Force Base, now Fort Wainwright, outside of Fairbanks, Alaska. In a recon platoon of the fourth regiment, he helped monitor Russian plane flights during the Korean War.He served his country with great honor and valor.

In 1955 Geraldine met Al while working at American Youth Hostiles running the office.  Al was looking for activities to participate in.  Gerry and Al quickly became attached at the hip.  They were partners for many activities, and fell in love.  In 1957 they eloped in Angola, Indiana.  Later that year, they were given a party to celebrate and were married in the synagogue.

After his military service, Al attended Wayne University where he received a Bachelors of Science focused in Education. After college, Al decide to share his love of science by becoming a science teacher for Oak Park School.He spent the next 26 years educating and sharing his passion for science with his students. 

Al also loved the outdoors.He, along with his sons, Roger (Travis) and Eric (Stacey); and granddaughters, Stephanie and Rachel; enjoyed camping, canoing, cycling, skiing, and hiking throughout the country.

Al was a very talented photographer and had a passion for photographing beautiful scenic locations from his many adventures.He loved nature, and shared his love through his photography work, which he generously shared with others.  His website, http://capturedmomentsphotography.com/, showcases many of his wonderful works.

Al was also very fond of music and was a valuable member of “The Hoboes.”He dazzled the many privileged to see him perform, playing the harmonic and concertina together at the same time. He greatly enjoyed being able to make music with “The Melody Makers” and “The Betsie Bay Minstrels.”

Al had a passion for life and family, and will be forever in our hearts as the gentle, loving, kindhearted soul that we all fell in love with. He will be greatly missed.
Posted by Shirley Robert on June 22, 2021
Al will always be loved and remembered by everyone that has ever been affiliated with Michigan Shores. He loved this place and it showed in his tremendous contributions to this community. He holds a special place in our hearts, and we will miss his positive attitude, kind heart and genuine, caring personality. We love & miss you Al. Remembered forever. ~ Shirley Robert, RCM Cooperative Manager, Michigan Shores Cooperative.
Posted by Barbara Johnson on June 22, 2021
The first time I met Mr. Hyams (Al) was when he visited my third grade classroom in Frankfort, to perform science experiments. He was great, and the children enjoyed him. Some years later, when my father was a resident at The Maples, I enjoyed listening to him perform his music with The Hoboes.
Posted by R. Hyams on June 20, 2021
My Father

The world is a lesser place without my Father in it.

A little less good, a little less smart, and a little less kind.

This is what I miss the most, all the great things I felt he contributed to my life.

His sense of humor
His intellect
His wisdom
His love of science
His thirst for knowledge
His resourcefulness
His even handedness
And last but not at all least, his love and caring he showed toward all

No matter how much I miss him, I do know he is in a better place now, no longer bothered by the infirmities of age and heart.

That being said, the love I have for him will last forever.

I could and will share many stories of Dad, and will on this page from time to time. Please join me in doing so.

Dad, I miss and think of you every day!
Posted by Travis Haase on June 5, 2021
From Al's loving sister, Charlotte Dubin:

"Al meant so much to me— from my childhood and into my adulthood.

My father passed away when I was very young. Al became an important part of my life, and I never stopped learning from him. 

His knowledge of the way the world worked
— from the mysteries of science to the wonders of nature — amazed me. Al’s travels, his photography skills and his sheer joy of music making were beyond anything I’d ever experienced. It’s no wonder that he had so many friends.

Of all his achievements though, Al (and Gerry of course) was proudest of their sons, my nephews Roger and Eric.

I could add so much more but I’ll just send my love to Gerry, Rog and Eric as they mourn the loss that we share."
Posted by Laurie Rappeport on May 31, 2021
Uncle Al and Aunt Gerry were the family adventurers and challenged all of us to push outselves. Much missed

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Posted by Shirley Robert on June 22, 2021
Al will always be loved and remembered by everyone that has ever been affiliated with Michigan Shores. He loved this place and it showed in his tremendous contributions to this community. He holds a special place in our hearts, and we will miss his positive attitude, kind heart and genuine, caring personality. We love & miss you Al. Remembered forever. ~ Shirley Robert, RCM Cooperative Manager, Michigan Shores Cooperative.
Posted by Barbara Johnson on June 22, 2021
The first time I met Mr. Hyams (Al) was when he visited my third grade classroom in Frankfort, to perform science experiments. He was great, and the children enjoyed him. Some years later, when my father was a resident at The Maples, I enjoyed listening to him perform his music with The Hoboes.
Posted by R. Hyams on June 20, 2021
My Father

The world is a lesser place without my Father in it.

A little less good, a little less smart, and a little less kind.

This is what I miss the most, all the great things I felt he contributed to my life.

His sense of humor
His intellect
His wisdom
His love of science
His thirst for knowledge
His resourcefulness
His even handedness
And last but not at all least, his love and caring he showed toward all

No matter how much I miss him, I do know he is in a better place now, no longer bothered by the infirmities of age and heart.

That being said, the love I have for him will last forever.

I could and will share many stories of Dad, and will on this page from time to time. Please join me in doing so.

Dad, I miss and think of you every day!
his Life

Chapter 1: The Walk to the Ambassador Bridge

The Walk to the Ambassador Bridge
By Alfred Hyams
I was born in Windsor, Ontario on Jan. 22nd, 1929.  It was at the height of the Depression and according to the news, people were jumping out of Windows in high buildings---For years I thought they did this because they had heard of my birth.

My father was a newspaper man for several newspapers including the Windsor Star and while he wrote well, it was not an easy time for such an occupation.  When time permitted, my dad and my mother would walk my older brother, Dave, and I to the park underneath the Ambassador Bridge.  On the way down Sandwich Street West, we passed a grocery that sold candy.  For a penny, the amount of money given each of us, one could buy a Holloway sucker which would last for the entire trip if it was sucked slowly.

Chapter 2: The General Brock School

The General Brock School
By Alfred Hyams
Not far from our house in Windsor was the General Brock School---An elementary with grades K-6.  It was here that I learned a painful lesson.  It happened in the 3rd grade.  One day late in the afternoon my teacher, whose last name began with an "m", told the class that after completing a handwriting assignment we could go outside for recess.  Hearing this good news, I wrote as fast as I could and went up to her desk for a grade.  Mrs. "M" looked at my paper and remarked, "Alfred, is this your best work?"  I replied in a low and shaky voice, "No, Mrs. 'M', it is not."  Picking up her wooden ruler she said, "Hold out your hand!"  I did this very slowly because I knew what was coming.  With no hesitation she gave me three hard 'whacks' on my palm that brought tears to my eyes.  She then said, "In the future, Alfred, always do your best work.  Now go sit down and do the lesson over.  There will be no recess for you today."

I thought that she was very unfair because if she hadn't mentioned 'recess' there would have been no problem, as my handwriting was quite good.  I should mention that back in the '30s corporal punishment was allowed in the Canadian public schools.

Chapter 3: Across the Bridge to Detroit

Across the Bridge to Detroit
By Alfred Hyams
Anyone who happens to read this will probably find it unbelievable, but on my Boy Scouts' honor it's true.  In 1937 my parents decided for financial reasons to relocate to Detroit and live with my grandparents Annie and Harry Ruda in a two story apartment on Euclid Avenue.  We had no car so we walked across the Ambassador Bridge, pushing a baby carriage in which my sister, Sue, slept unaware that she was an accomplice to a minor crime.  For under her blanket was a "Sparkey," our small Fox Terrier dog.  Sparkey would have been denied entry into the U. S. for we had no proof of rabies shots. It amazed us to this day that "Sparkey" was not discovered at the border.  Since my mother had been born in the U. S., we were allowed entry.
Recent stories

Al and Gerry's  Anniversary Book (1957 to 2020) - November 2nd, 1957 - Our Wedding Day (We Eloped)

Shared by Travis Haase on June 22, 2021
Alfred, the hopeless romantic we all knew and loved, kept a book documenting every anniversary Gerry and Al celebrated.  This book is a collection of details for each anniversary they had and is a lovely testament to their love throughout the years.  Gerry is sending these stories to me to post for her, and we will be posting more stories from this book as time progresses.  Enjoy!

From Al and Gerry's Anniversary Book (1957-2020)
November 2nd, 1957 - Our Wedding Day (We Eloped)
By Al and Gerry Hyams
We left Southfield on a bright and sunny morning on November 2nd, 1957.  At that time, Al was living with his mother and his brother, David.  Al was 28 years old.

We decided to elope, and Al left a note to his mother indicating that she would soon have a new daughter-in-law...Me!  At the time, only two people knew that we were getting married.  One of our mutual friends from the American Youth Hostels and the secretary, Sheila Mahoney, were the only people that knew we were headed off to get married.  We were all on the staff of the American Youth Hostels and decided it wasn't necessary to share with everyone else there.

We drove to Angola, Indiana to perform the ceremony.  We found the Secretary of State's office upstairs over the local drug store.  Al asked her what the cost would be to get married.  She answered saying that it was either $5 or $10.  He asked what the difference was, and she didn't have an answer, so, Al said "I'll take the $5 fee then!"  We all had a good laugh!

We spent our wedding night at the Pokagon State Park in the Potawatomi Inn.  It was lovely and very romantic.  When we began our journey to return home the following day.  We decided to stop at a Wyn Schulers restaurant in Marshall, MI for dinner.  I had delicious lobster tails,, and Al had a great big steak.  It was a great way to start our marriage of 63 years!

Upon our return, Al and I decided to live together in my apartment in Lincoln Park, MI.  It was a nice duplex that I had lived previously in with my sister before she was married.

Al and I continued to work for American Youth Hostels until 1960 when Al finished college and started teaching in the Detroit school system.

Our families supported our marriage even though we eloped.  We had many celebrations after our marriage with family and friends to celebrate our union.  We had a wonderful 63 years full of love and laughs.  More anniversary adventure stories to come!!

Al's Favorite Coleslaw Recipe (9-Day Slaw)

Shared by Travis Haase on June 10, 2021
This recipe was one of Al's favorite coleslaws.
It is easy to prepare, and lasts a long time in the fridge.  Enjoy!!

9-Day Slaw
Given to Gerry Hyams by Fran Shook
Ingredients:

Salad
1 head cabbage, shredded
4 ribs of celery, chopped fine
2 medium or 1 large red onion, chopped fine
1 green bell pepper, chopped
½ red bell pepper, chopped
1 cup of sugar
Dressing
½ cup of vegetable or salad oil
½ cup of cider vinegar (any vinegar will work, but apple cider vinegar is best)
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
Directions:
  1. Combine cabbage, celery, onions, bell peppers, and sugar in a large container and mix well so the sugar coats all the vegetables.  Set aside.
  2. Combine dressing ingredients in a small saucepan.  Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally to dissolve the sugar/salt.
  3. Immediately pour hot dressing over cabbage mixture, allow to cool and mix well.
  4. Cover and store in the refrigerator at least a day before serving.
  5. Coleslaw will stay crisp and fresh for 9 days or more if there is any left!
**Note you can add more spices/vegetables if you would like.  I personally add a bit more bell peppers (red, yellow, orange), chopped carrots, fresh cracked pepper and a tablespoon of dried celery seed.

Alfred

Shared by Eleanor Yastik on June 6, 2021
Al has been part of my life since my sister Gerry married Al.  I do not even remember the year that took place.  Not only did I acquire a new family member, along with Al came Mom Gertrude, the driving force of the Hyams family.  David, Sue & Simpson, and Charlotte.  Each one an additional interesting personality.  The addition of their own children, Roger and Eric, opened another chapter in their life.  

There are so many wonderful memories.  Metzger family/Hyams family gatherings in the Woodburn back yard, at the Yastik's, the Tony Metzger Sr. home, Eric & Stacey's home and at the campsite in Frankfort. 

Al was a busy person,  He always had some sort of interesting project he invested much of his spare time in.  I remember him doing a science show that he took on the road.  It was very popular in the schools and in much demand.  Pictures were a large part of his time well spent.  We never tired of watching slides taken from the latest travels he and Gerry and boys took.   The camera was always along with them.

After their move to Frankfort, our visits there always included a "mystery" trip to the many interesting places in the area.  Usually with a stop at an ice cream shop as a happy ending.  Al knew where all the good shops were.

Gerry and Al had a wonderful life together.  Not many couples are given the years they were able to spend together.  I consider them lucky to have met and made their life so successful.
They were truly blessed.