- 82 years old
- Date of birth: Jul 27, 1930
- Date of passing: Aug 30, 2012
|Big Al was the glue that kept the How Boys together—and he was the team captain for everyone else in his life, too.|
This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Alfred Kirkland, 82, born on July 27, 1930 and passed away on August 30, 2012. We will remember him forever.
The email invitations for the memorial service were sent the evening of September 5. If you would like to attend, but did not receive the email, check your junk-mail box before contacting me via the link with my name (Kelly Kirkland) on this page on the right side.
"When the Good Ol' Boys gather for our annual lunch, Al is always there in spirit . ."
"Thinking of Big Al, and of Jeannie on his birthday."
"Jeanne....I can't believe how the years have flown by, and I still think of you and Al. I get a good joke, recipe or e-mail to forward, and always think of Al and how I would like to forward it on to him. Never a July 27th passes that I don't think of him. I will remember always our good times in Cabo San Lucas. Please reach out to me, I have misplaced you phone number and would love to stay in touch. Love you!"
"Al always brightened my day at our office. I would see him on the computer just blasting real estate away. He had such a gentle smile and a story to share. Our office will never be the same without him. Think about you all the time. Jeanne…. we miss you."
"Great example.Smooth. Constant smile. Great adapter. Fellow rugby player. He went from second row to fullback similar to football safety. Started at USC and Stanford. Extremely rare. Great friend. Will always be missed!
"Al was my sophomore year advisor after I transferred to Stanford in 1995. Just today he came to mind and I googled him to get the latest. Please accept my very belated condolences.
I have very fond memories of Al. He was always available to see us and always made time for us. Throughout my three years at Stanford Al would drop by and have lunch with us on almost a weekly basis. It was always great to chat with him and we shared a lot of laughs. And Al always gave great advice.
Jeanne and Al were the only non-family guests at my graduation dinner. Jeanne and my grandmother really hit it off!
Al was a wonderful guy. I will always remember him fondly.
"I asked Al to be an academic advisor to freshmen engineers, and he served for many years, sharing his wisdom and warm affection to appreciative students. And, it was a happy day for me when Al would show up for great conversation, punctuated by humor and laughs. He believed in heaven and I know he resides there now."
"What a great guy! The world is missing a wonderful human being! Hope to see you again AL! My prayers and best wishes go out to all the Kirkland's and family! Best to you Kelly Miss you!"
"Thought of Big Al at Margaret Taylor's Memorial last weekend . . . BOTH greatly missed!"
"Take care Jeanne"
"i had the pleasure of playing for usc when big al was playing for stanford--we met on the austrailian rugby trip as teamates--and enjoyed kidding each other about the games we played--after our rugby trip i saw al a few times a year--until we got the internet--then we started to share stories and continued our kidding depending who won the sc-stanford game-i always enjoyed seeing big al-"
"Dear Jeanne, please know that the few years that you, Al, and I worked together at C & C are still remembered with great fondness for you both. I had so much fun swapping war stories with Al; and then getting a second chance to enjoy you both as friends again in Tucson was a true gift from God himself. Eileen and I think of you both often, and always with a smile."
"Dear Jeanne and Al's family, I am so sorry for your loss. Al was a special guy and a terrific leader. I was a team mate at Stanford. I live in New York and don't get to the farm very often. So I especially appreciate Al's reaching out to us. Twenty years after I played, he found original art work from a Stanford Daily article and sent it to me. My wife loves it. Cheers to BIG AL!!"
I am so sorry for your loss, and the loss to your family as well as the the rest of us who knew and loved Al. Unfortunately I was away the week-end of the memorial up here but my thoughts then and now are with you."
"Dear Jeanne and Family:
I was greatly saddened to hear of Al's passing; he was truly one of the Great Ones! I'll always remember driving around Atherton in Big Blue drinking champagne with Big Al at the wheel. I will offer my daily Mass for Al. Be at peace knowing he is waiting for us in Heaven"
"Dear Jeanne and family,
Al was a very special gentleman who appreciated our family, kept us connected, and still loved us even if we didn't reply to his emails! Your visits to Mom and Dad meant so much to us, and we are so happy you and Al were able to share Alison's Wedding Day with us. Al will forever be in our hearts and prayers. We love you! Chris & Jim"
"I will miss seeing Al's smiling face at the Stanford football games and our visits at the pre-game events.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Jeanne, and your family."
"Dear Kirkland family - Leonard and I are in shock over learning that Al has passed. He was a very special person in too many ways to mention in this space. We enjoyed his visits during Len's first recovery and missed his wit and humor with the second fall and recovery, but, always enjoyed his emails keeping us informed about Stanford news and those wonderful email jokes and pictures."
Condolences on the loss of your father and a true force of nature. When you and I lived 4 houses apart, I ate a lot of Al's cooking, and as a softball coach, he celebrated my few decent games with true enthusiasm. He and Jeanne danced at our wedding- we'll miss him. My parents send their sorrow as well. Love to the whole family."
"Dear Jeanne and family, were soooo sorry to here about "Big Al's " passing. You all were a big part of our lifes with my mother and us and Al will be missed.... Wilson & Laurie Randick"
"Dear Jeanne, Ruth and I are deeply saddened and shocked to hear of Al's passing. We have always thought of Al as the true spirit of Stanford. He was the man who held us all together. The "How Boys" the Zete brothers and your multitude of friends. There will never be another like him. A true gentleman. We'll miss him deeply. Our thoughts and prayers are with you."
"My heart, prayers and thoughts are with you, Jeanne. I have just returned from a trip to Canada and was not only disappointed that I had missed your telephone call, but shocked to learn of Al's passing. I will miss his e-mails and messages. Please know that he, as well as you, are in my prayers. Love and hugs, Pat"
"Dear Kirkland Family,
RC and I send our sincere condolences. I was surprised by Al's age - he seemed much younger! I know how hard it is to lose a parent. We wish you strength at this time and hope that the pain you feel now will be replaced in time by happy memories. All our love, MMM and RCW"
"Al was the "Chief of the Stanford Indians" and we will miss him and
his communications and dedication. May he rest in peace.
Sally and Henry Baumgartner"
I am very sorry to hear the news about your Dad. Reading all of the tributes paint a beautiful picture of how loved he was by family and friends. He really did take advantage of all life has to offer. This really serves as an inspiration. My condolences to you and your family."
"Al was a loyal teammate and a special friend. He was a primary source for keeping so many of our memories alive. We will miss him terribly. Ted"
Al loved football and rugby. He was a big supporter of both. We didn't get to know each other until later in life. Out of the blue, he would send advice how to improve Stanford Rugby. They were always good ideas. He was inspirational to all of us. We will miss him greatly.
"My sincere condolences to the Kirkland family. Al and I recently reconnected in May of this year after 64 years (High school at PCC). We exchanged e-mails and got caught up in these recent months about our school escapades. I was surprised to learn that he started USC while I went into the service and followed he and mutual friends at Stanford and the Rose Bowl. We'll all miss Big Al."
"Dear Jeanne and family
What a shock! I thought that Big Al was going to be around forever. He was the Glue for the "How Boys" I hope that without him we can still hold together. What a great asset he has been to Stanford and all of us. And now how are we all going to stay up on all of our teammates?"
"Perhaps we can have a gathering during the class of '53
reunion next year in Big Al's honor. He did such a great job
in keeping us informed on the situation of so many
of our friends.
"Dear Jeanne and Family: I'm from the Wow Boy era ten years before Big Al and the How Boys. Al and I met at one of the early Legend meetings and became friends and email buddies. I was shocked and saddened to learn of his passing as we had talked by email only a few days earlier. The bells toll for all of us with his passing. I send my condolences and best wishes at this time of sorrow."
"It's the little things...world's easiest and best asparagus recipe; heavy pours, especially Tequila; our New Orleans, Palm Desert and Menlo Park dinners...just being with the two of you and enjoying real friendship, love and faith. Miss you Big Al. Love to you Jeanne and family. Elyse and David"
"Dear Jeanne, Kelly and Jim,
I was so sad to hear of Al's passing. Kelly and I became best buddies at the age of six and I always thought she had a great Dad! From sleepovers at the Ladera house to RV adventures in the mountains, I have many wonderful childhood memories, courtesy of the Kirklands."
I am so sorry about Al's passing and pray that our Lord will bring you comfort. You spend so much time in the chapel with the Lord and I'm sure he will be reaching out to touch your heart. He will help you recall all the beautiful memories of Al and the time will come when those memories will bring you joy. May God bless you now."
"Have known Jeanne and Al since 1975 and have had many, many good times with them over the years. Big Al was often the chef and bartender. What fond memories I have of those delicious meals and fun evenings. Al had a wonderful, busy life as evidenced by the many pictures and tributes on this site. My condolences to Jeanne, Kelly, other family and many friends of Al."
"A perpetual smile is not what you expect to find on a football field.Yet when 'Big Al' was there, that's exactly what you got.I think that he wore down his rivals with his contagious smile.I will miss that smile and his timely postings on email.The smile was present even there.
I will miss my smiling teammate. Respectfully, Hal Sachs, '47 Pasadena Bullpup & Basketball manager."
"Jeanne and children -- No one can take his place for you or for us, the friends he so cheerfully nurtured & encouraged through the years. His touch crosses generations of Stanford football, as my sons and grandson passed the sad news to me. As he would say, there is now quite a party in heaven & they're all wearing red&white. love and prayers, Monica St.Geme"
"Jeanne, lots of Great memories. The Big RV and our flight to Death Valley. Love you."
"Dear Jeanne and Family Our condolences to all. Al was a good friend and will be missed by so many of us...thanks Al for your spirit and dedication. Tau Kappa Phi."
"I was saddened to learn of Al's death..to me he will always be a symbol of what is best about Stanford and Stanford athletics. His enthusiasm for and commitment to his teammates on the "How Boys" and to the present athletes at Stanford will not be equaled. I treasure our friendship and the wonderful memories we shared.."
"Dearest great aunt Jeanne, you are in my prayers! Al was an amazing and wonderful man, he will be missed! My heart is with you during this difficult time. Love and hugs."
"Dearest Jeannie, Al was the sweetest guy who has always kept me thinking and laughing through his daily e-mails. I will miss him so much. He made the best Manhattens ever! Love to you always, Carolyn"
"Dear Aunt Jeanne...Steve and I are praying that God will give you peace at this tough time...We are here to help you in any way that we can as you and Uncle Al have always been there for us...we will dearly miss him but we know God has a special place for someone that has led such a kind and giving life...I bet he's in God's kitchen cooking those great potatoes!!! We love you..."
"Dear cousin Jeanne and family,
So very sorry to learn about Big Al, our family connector and all around great fellow. Our deepest sympathy to all of you. Wouldn't be surprised to know that he was in the front row of the Julia Child cooking school on high! Our prayers are with you.
Linda and Cliff (Buddy)"
"Dear Jeanne and Family---My posterior met the bad end of a paddle wielded by a hulking, black-caped creature at the Zete House in "52. In recent years I have come to know the real Big Al Kirkland and have loved him like a true brother. I feel very fortunate that he was part of my life."
"Dear Jeanne and family,
We wish to send our deepest sympathy to you all. Jeanne and Al were a tremendous help in the purchase of our home. Al's knowledge and professionalism gave us a sense of security as the process moved forward, always with good humor and friendship."
"Dear Jeanne and family--What a sad, unexpected loss and shock for you and Al's friends. He was a shining combination of Pasadena "Good Old Boy" and Stanford Indian, all the way. He kept his football teammates and many friends tied closer together with his steady, all-inclusive communications. We miss him already, and "shall not look upon his like again." Good bye, Al, and thank you."
""Jeanne and Family,
Marion and I will miss Al--he was a true friend, an enthusiastic marvelous person and kept all of us "How Boys"--both Varsity and JV--
together and in contact for 60 years. Our Love and Sympathy goes out to you.We shall miss him!!!""
"Jeanne and family, I bumped in to Vonnie and Don Robb Saturday and she told me the sad news. I'm so sorry to hear of Al's passing. I always remember him happy, joking, laughling and smiling. This memorial website shows how well thought of he was and is. It is a very touching and tender tribute to a man we won't forget. Love and hugs to you all, cousin Mary El"
"Dear Jeanne and family, We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Al.
He was so great in keeping up with the family tree and forwarding on to us updates on the P-47 thunderbolt that Ced flew. He was always so interested in all of his family and friends and will be missed by all of us. Our thoughts and prayers are with you."
"Dear Jeanne, I am so sorry to hear about Al's passing. You know that words are so inadequate at a time like this. However after looking through these tributes, Al has friends, lots of friends. And both you and Al have family. A large family.
May the comfort of those friends and family be your strength now and in the days ahead. Love Michael"
"Dear Jeanne and family,
We are so sorry to hear of Al's passing. He was so special in keeping up with the family tree and forwarding on to us wonderful updates on the P-47 Thunderbolt that was flown by (Ced) during W.W.2. . He was so interested in his family and friends . Al will be missed by all of us."
"Once you met Al, you liked him for the rest of your life. He was a magnet of a person. His banana bread was delicious and i'm certainly going to miss his wonderful e-mails! He was such a winner in so many ways! Up, up and away, Al. Linda Lynch and family"
"Our Opa will be loved and remembered always. As we all grew up, we never seemed to get too big for his hugs to feel *SO BIG!* just like you wish for hugs to be. I'll always cherish the memories of his wonderful dinners, great stories, and just that softer "Opa" side that I was lucky enough to know and love."
I played rugby and football with Big Al and was the lock and Al was in the 2nd rank. I spent a few years with my head locked on his rear end in the scrum so I got to know him pretty well. He was a wonderful communicator and kept me informed during my years away in Hawaii and Arizona on the "How Boys" . We will miss him dearly."
"Dear Jeanne and Family - Al has been our friend from the time we were all at Stanford, more than sixty years ago. Many shared memories! We met you, Jeanne, soon after graduation, and have valued our friendship ever since. In recent years, Al has done marvelous work as the spokesperson and communicator for the guys on that famous ’51 Rose Bowl team. Good-bye, dear Al, we miss you already!"
"It is with great sadness I write this tribute. Al was not only a teammate in football and rugby, but more importantly, a dear friend. He was the personification of the How Boys and the force that kept the team together all these years. God speed on your new journey, Ding Ding."
"I was stunned to hear of the sudden loss of Al. You two have been most wonderful friends and support in the months since I lost Dwight. I pledge to be there for you Jeanne. I will miss Al's tales of Stanford and was fortunate enough to be able to participate in the conversations, from my history living in the area. God bless you."
"Dear Jeanne. I remember vividly talking to you and Al at our Stanford at or 55th dinner reunion. We made an appointment several months later to have a luncheon together. 2 days I had a bad heart attack. I don't know how, but 2 days after the operation, he was in my room at the Stanford Hospital to encourage me. What a friend. All my condolences. Norm and Pat."
My heartfelt condolences for your loss. Al was truly a great man! He is watching over you with love an admiration.
I will see you soon in the desert,
Lyn and Herschel Cobb"
"Jeanne and family,
As a Zete pledge in 1957 my first glimpse of Big Al was as the giant Ming Wang in a black hood and football helmet approx 8 feet tall. Thereafter I got to know Al's athletic history as a How Boy and became his email pal. A man who was truly a legend for Stanford. He will be gr"
"I remember Al fondly. Jeanne, please be asssured of my prayers for you and for all those Al has left behind. God bless."
"Jeanne, What a beloved man!!! Our hearts go out to you deeply and our love for you is so large...pls. take special care of yourself in these very sad days. Uncle Al was "one of a kind" - so very caring, so very intelligent and he will be so "very" missed!
Love you Jeanne"
"We were so sad to learn that Al is gone. He was always so thoughtful. Even when his knees were bad, every morning he hobbled over to our house, and brought the paper to our door. His dinners were a special treat. Al was a pleasure to be with, and we will miss him so much. Jeannie, we are so sorry. We send you all our love and thoughts."
"Dear Jeanne and family,
I just told Leon of Al's passing. It is such a shock . Al was very special to Leon and the How Boys! Al was the glue that kept the team together. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Al is at peace, but taken too soon. Such a special person who will be so missed by so many."
We will all miss Al, who was smart, funny, kind and the best source of Stanford info around."
We send our loving thoughts and compassion to you on the sudden loss of Al. No one loved the 1952 Rose Bowl Team more, and his bond and enthusiasm for them kept the team together to share memories of their unique years together. His legacy will live on forever in all who knew and loved him."
I shall always remember Al and my interest in history and sharing our most recent books read. I shall remember him at St Denis this Sunday.
"Love to Jeanne from both of us.
It was my privilege to call Al my friend since the 4th grade. His love of sports, comradeship, and humor will always inspire those whose lives he touched.
Juana and Don Mueller"
"Dear Jeanne & Family: We send our deep condolence for all of our loss of Al. He never forgot the little guy and included so many of the wanna-bees as his friends. He never forgot a smile and how well his Stanford watch was working. Hope we will be kept on Captain Al's list."
"Big Al will be missed by all the Cardinal Faithful and present day staff and players. Loyalty has been a keynote and Al's support for football and all of the Cardinal athletes will be difficult to replace but always appreciated."
"My most sincere condolences to you Jeanne. What a shock to read that Al has died. He was such a roll model, teammate, and my best friend. He had done more for the "51 team than anyone could have dreamed to have done. Al brought not only our teammates together for 40 somewhat years but even some of our opponents over the years. You will be missed and never forgotten Al."
I'm very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Take care."
"Dear Jeanne and family,
My sincere condolences to you. The loss of Al is felt by us all. I am so very glad to have become acquainted with him, and to have had the opportunity to see him recently. Much love to you."
Thank you for including me - my condolences and I will miss the correspondance."
"What a Wonderful guy!"
Al was the unifying force that held our "How Boys" together all of these 60 plus years. His love of Stanford and his enthusiasm was contagious. He will be sorely missed."
"i first met big al as a member of the rugby team that went to australia.at the time iwas a jr.at usc and played against al along with the rest of the stanford guys--gary kirkorian,jack bonnetti and pat henry-saw big al a number of times that we "aussies"got together.he was great individual who i always enjoyed kidding with him about the trojans and cardinals.rest in peace big al--bob buckl"
"Jeanne, Oh dear! Too soon. I only knew Al from so many away game trips over the years. I'm so sorry to hear about his passing. Now he will have to elbow my dad, and Toots Vosti for those 50 yard line Cardinal heaven seats, with so many others. Take care."
"Our deepest condolences from the entire Stanford Rugby Family. Al was a wonderful supporter of the program and most importantly the kids that played, and his passion and enthusiasm were infectious and inspiring to all. God Bless"
"I didn't know Al as well as some, but his impact was still strong. Big Al - you will be missed."
"While I always was grateful for Al's friendship, he was especially important to me when I was in school and having money problems. I was president of the Zete house and he arranged for a small scholarship from the Zete International--amazing in itself since we were not generally the poster boys for the International. But, it was really important to me and I'll never forget him for helping"
"Al was my brand new friend but our evening together last week will be with me for a lifetime. He was so bright, great sense of humor, a gifted story teller and one of the most likeable men I ever met. Meeting him, talking and joking made it seem we had know each other for many years. I will miss him and his blessed spirt. Our heartfelt sympathies from Jo and me to Jeanne.and the family"
"Dear Jeanie, I am so sorry to hear about Al's passing. I did not know him well but what i did know was that he was a gentle soul...My thoughts and prayers are with you. Emily"
I was very sad to hear of Al's passing. While I didn't know him well, he was a very warm man (not to mention talented soup cook). I always enjoyed seeing him at Stanford (women's) volleyball and football games."
"Although I only saw Al once in recent years, I'll always remember his excellent and positive softball coaching (with my mother Carol Campbell managing). So sad to hear of your loss."
We were so sad to hear about Al's passing. You and Al were always fun to be with at Family Reunion and other KW events. We feel blessed to have known Al. We will be keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. Robert and Myrna Reid"
"Dear Jeanne and Kirkland family,
I was a scout/practice player on that 1951/HowBoys team, but always felt included by Al and the Rose Bowl Team. I loved being on Al's email list, and appreciate all he has done to keep the HowsBoys legend and spirit alive in Stanford Football. John and Martha Gilmore."
"Jeanne - - - Carol and I were so surprised and sad to hear of Al's death yesterday. A good man, wonderful husband, cook and partner. We certainly enjoyed our times together. Our love and prayers to you and the family. We will be in touch.
Tormey and Carol"
"I am so saddened to hear of Al's passing. He was such a great guy. Always keeping up with everyone. I appreciated his support so much when Pat died in 2006. May he rest in peace."
62 years is about how long Jack and I knew Al. You came along later to enrich and complete his life. Not only did you make a strong and effective business team, but together you gathered an everlasting circle of friends who love you and will be the rocks on which you may lean henceforth. Al was cherished & will very much be missed."
It is with deepest sympathy that I think of your family and you. Al was such a considerate, and truly nice gentleman. He will be missed and remembered by all who knew him. You are in my thoughts and prayers."
"Dear Jeanne, Kelly, Jim and family: I am sad to hear about Al's passing. He was a friendy, compassionate and bright man. I have many fond memories of him while working at Cornish and Carey. He was respected and loved by many of his coworkers. He had a wonderful life and will be missed by many."
"Dear Kirkland Family,
I was not prepared to lose my pal. Who will now send me bad Armenian jokes. Along with you, I miss him already. His dry humor was always my high for the day. The rest of you stay well."
"Dear Jeanne and family,
We are sad to hear of Al's death. You were great neighbors in Menlo Park. Kelly and Bonnie were best buddies from the day they met I think, and Colleen was a lovely babysitter too! Bonnie loved to eat at your house because Al was such a great cook. With love and prayers for comfort. Jane and Walter Day"
"I will fondly remember Al and Jeanne stopping at my parents home in Woodside over the holidays - the holidays would not have been the same without their visit. And, how kind Al was driving me around on my visit last November to California. I am glad I got to see him so recently. I think seeing how happy both he and Jeanne were together was an inspiration."
"Fica con Deus Big Al, you will always be in our hearts!"
"To Al's family: I first met Al when he was advising/mentoring Zeta Psi in my undergrad days there, 1979-1982. I learned of his football background and that my dad and he had been teammates. I came to understand why it was that my dad described Al as a fine, caring man with a big heart. I will remember Al for all his kindness and support of Stanford football. He will be greatly missed."
"What a wonderful legacy you have left us, dear Al. You showed all of us the incredible worth of friendship. You made sure all of your buddies were honored and remembered and therefore, you will never be forgotten. We thank you for showing us the way.
With love, Jeanette and Joe"
I wanted to say that I am so happy to that you and Al were at Mom and Dad's 65th.I believe the Lord arranges everything in our lives. It was special that you and Al were able to spend it with us.
I see Al smiling and at peace with the Lord. I pray that peace is with you too. All love to you, Ruth"
"I didn't know Al when we were undergraduates, but because I went out for the team my senior year, somehow my name got on his list. That has meant a lot to me. Big Al reconnected me with many of the guys I knew well at Stanford. He provided a link with so many fading memories of good times I had on the Farm. So God bless you, Al. I hope to see you later on, in the place where you have gone,"
"Al was my adviser, mentor, and auditor when I was House Manager of
Zeta Psi in 1967-68. He was also sometimes my Rugby Ref. Subsequently, I saw him at some of the away games in the Midwest. He was a friend who connected me more deeply to Stanford. I shall always remember him, and think of him often."
"Jeannie! This comes as a shock! God must have needed him for one of His projects. He and you are very special friends Love Don.
Mass and Communion for the Kirkland family."
"Go Indians, whoever and wherever you are. Howie'55
PS. Say hi to Chuck Taylor"
"I'm so sorry to hear about Al's passing. I will miss his emails. He was so good about keeping in touch, especially after Cappy passed away in 2009."
"Al was one of those exceptional people who redefined love and tolerance during his midlife, and go on to bring good nature and a special loyalty to all of us. Dear Jeanne, we know how you will miss him, but please know you are never alone. As Al remains in your spirit, we remain in your life."
"One of the all-time great Stanford Indian/Cardinal alumni friends!!!
A true gentleman, scholar-athlete and one that ALWAYS made the room brighter ~ You will be missed Big Al!!!
Love always, Dot"
"Dearest Jeanne and family, Tom and I send you our love and our prayers. You and Al have been such a big part of our lives at the Priory, always sitting together with us at the Sunday liturgies. Al would always make me smile. We are thankful that you have your wonderful family with you. Much love, Tom and Fran"
We are saddened to hear of the passing of Al.
You are in our thoughts and prayers
Barrett & Carole"
"Big Al and I met early in my Rugby career during his graduate work at Stanford. We maintained our relationship in an off and on basis as our careers and family demands allowed. I offer my condolences to his family and to the Stanford community he so loved. His passing leaves a space that can only be partially filled by grand remembrances."
"Dear Jeanne & Kelly:
The news has reached me in Dubrovnik, Croatia, and I think of Puerto Vallarta where I met teenager Kelly and her parents. What joy Big Al brought to so many. The visits in the Bay Area, Tucson, in an RV, around amazing food, etc. He hit a home run! Love to you."
"Al was a hero to us all. How blessed we have been to have him in our lives and as our leader. He has kept us a family for all these years, our "God Father". I am certain he is still watching out for us. We miss him, the How Boys miss him and Stanford misses him. He does live on in our hearts."
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We so remember you and Al coming to the Emerald Ball in 1980 and forever after being the Priory's biggest supporters. So many will miss Al. He was so generous. Our love to you, Jan and Oz Pieper"
I am so sorry. When Richard passed, I thought I had been cut in half. There are not words but please know I send you love and wishes for peace during this difficult time."
"Dear Jeanne...so sorry to hear that Al has passed away...my deepest sympathy to you and your family...may God grant him eternal rest...and may He give you peace and comfort at this time...Candy"
"Dear Auntie Jeannie/fam, I'm so sorry to hear about Uncle Al's passing. I'm glad we were able to see and visit with both of you recently. I'll miss Al's kind and gentle spirit. I'll miss his interest in family and his emails. Here's a video clip he emailed last month. I love it.
I love you. Take care and be strong. Love, Marguerite"
"Dear Jeanne - I am so very, very saddened to hear of the passing of Big Al (and to so many of his Zetes Bros - MW)! He was a legend in the history of Stanford athletics, and no one loved Stanford more or was more loyal to our University and his friends - he will be greatly missed by all. Our deepest sympathy for your loss . . . A sad day for all!"
Very sorry to hear of Al's passing. Wishing you much strength and calm during this time. You both have done much while at KW and have been inspirational.
"We will all miss Al. Al was the bridge between my Stanford Class 1960 and all the Classes of the 50's which preceded us. My initial contact with
Al was as a team mate on the '57 Rugby Team, my Zete Pledge Class
ran into him, Ming Wang. He got his team mates to attend our several 50-60's Football Reunions. Always an Indian"
"Al was one of my all-time favorite pals, a true gentleman and a die-hard Stanford Indian, even though he began his college career at USC! Greatly am I saddened to learn of his passing. We'd been friends for years, but became even closer during the past five or six, talking and e-mailing on a regular basis. He has front row seats in Cardinal Heaven! I truly loved Al! May he rest in peace!"
We are so very sorry to hear about Al. You are in our thoughts and prayers and will always cherish our Cabo times together. Al was my best e-mail buddy. We will miss him terribly. We are here if you ever need us. Please stay in touch. Love, Deb and Steve"
"Stanford Football will miss "Big Al" Kirkland. I first met Al over 10 years when we started working together to bring the football "legends" back into the program. He was instrumental in keeping in contact with the "How Boys" & helping me organize the annual football alumni reunions. Al was a great story teller and always had great things to say about his teammates and coaches. -MD"
So sorry to hear about Al's passing. I will always remember his smile and gentile demeanor. God bless you and your family and may God shine his light upon all of you during this period of mourning. Take care and hugs."
"To Al's family. My sincere condolences...Al became a part of my daily life over the past several years as we would e-mail back and forth several times a day. He always had thoughtful and well reasoned responses to our ongoing exchange of ideas, political thoughts , Stanford, and his caring attitude toward his old teammates and family."
I'm so so sorry to hear of Al's passing. He had a personality larger than life, was a great storyteller and also a good listener. I always admired the relationship the two of you had! Deepest sympathies to you and your family."
Thanks to Al for his contributions. The world is a better place for his having been in it. May he rest in peace."
"Dear Aunt Jeanne, I am so sorry about Uncle Al. He was such a sweet man and, he sure loved his family
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. With Love Margo Ritter and Pete Hammond"
We were so sad to learn of Al's death. Our thought and love are with you
GiGi and Hank"
"Al was a buddy to all that met him. He was also the glue that
held a focus on the Good Ol' Boys here in Pasadena. A super sport a great athlete and we'll miss him. There is so much to tell . . but his history will stand tall !"
"Please accept our sincerest condolences on the passing of Al. We shall always remember the hospitality that he and Jeanne extended to us during our visit to Palm Desert. Our thoughts and prayers remain with you all."
"The '51 team, The How Boys, is as close as a team can be, and it was all due to "Big Al" who kept the reunions on an annual basis, and kept us all informed of our teammates by e-mail. He was a good friend to everyone on our team. He will be long remembered. How can anyone fill his shoes? Our prayers are with Al, Jeanne and his family."
I am so very sorry to hear about Al's passing. I just saw him in the office. We were kidding one another about how we were not "being good so we would stay young." He chuckled and smiled and gave me some very good advice which I will hold near to my heart. If you need anything at all, please let me know."
"I got to know Al the past several years, especially when he lived in Menlo Park. He was a great conversationalist, a great listener, who cared about people. He helped me, immensely, with contacts in Stanford alumni. God bless you, Al."
"Al was a member of that great '51 team, which I just idolized as a 9 year old. I traveled from Denver to watch the Rose Bowl, and all the way home had to see bumper stickers announcing Illinois' win. I've rooted against Illinois ever since, any sport. Over the years Al (and others from that team) and I became great pals. (This system won't let me write any more. I could go on and on)."
Please accept my condolences. I will pray for Al's eternal repose. I will never forget how you and Al helped us get our condo in Sharon Heights seven years ago with the added benefit of having you and Al as our neighbors. Take care."