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Alfons Oscar Vaal

Obituary for Alfons Oscar Vaal

July 22, 1930 - April 8, 2020
Meredith, New Hampshire | Age 89


Alfons Vaal, 89, of Meredith, NH, died peacefully at Catholic Medical Center, Manchester, NH on April 8, 2020 with his family by his side. He was born in St. Niklaas, Belgium on July 22, 1930.
Alfons grew up in the heart of World War II. Al's patriotism began at an early age. Prior to his being drafted into the army at age 17, he and his buddies smuggled food from Holland and passed messages to help the war effort. He received advance training in England's (SAS) Special Air Services, 2nd Squadron, making 21 jumps. In 1950, while serving in the 2nd Squadron, he was assigned to protect King Leopold III when rioting threatened to plunge the nation into civil war. Many years later, he was Knighted by King Baudouin, receiving the Order of Leopold III for valor and exemplary service to the King.
In 1951, Al journeyed to the United States joining his family and immediately joined the U.S. Army, and with it, U.S. citizenship awarded at service end.
Post military, Al married Simona and worked at Hermsdorf's until an opportunity for advancement with Kalwall, where he quickly advanced. He traveled extensively hiring crews in major cities while overseeing the installation of the Kalwall wall panels and roof framing until his retirement at 65.
He and Simona purchased the historic inn and tavern, on the Green, in Dunbarton, NH, across from the church he so loved and supported. He was a Commander of the American Legion – Post 116 and loved his property, gardening, traveling and sailing. Behind his humble exterior was a proud, strong and courageous man, giving his all for God, Country, family and friends.
Surviving Family Members: Life Partner, Simona Robinson; Daughters Rowena Vaal and Annick Moore and son, Bruce Vaal (Janelle); Grandchildren Amanda Gaessler (John), Todd Merrill (Gina), Devyn Vaal; Great grandchildren John and Thomas Gaessler, newest member Sandy John Merrill (17 months); and Brothers Josef Vaal (Julia) and Michael Vaal (Cynthia). Also numerous niece/nephews; sister-in-laws Agnes and Wanda Vaal.
He was predeceased by his parents, Franciscus and Maria Vaal and brothers Oscar & Gilbert Vaal, and nephew Brian Vaal.
A memorial service will be held this summer at the Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen, NH.
Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting with arrangements.
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