Al Brass

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Re: Al Brass

Post by Paul FitzGerald » Tue Feb 13, 2018 11:35 am

To add to Chucks post. Al was at the national in Portland 2008, Beryl and my wife went shopping and had a GREAT time. They stayed at our place for a few days and their company was a pleasure to behold. We had a great time. Al was full of life and a great guy. Very full of knowledge and a good (although sometimes warped sense of humor) He chased after the dog and drove Sally Ann crazy. And he will be missed. If you don't know is address here it is. Hope it is OK to post the address
Beryl Brass
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Christchurch 8022, New Zealand
Send Beryl a card if you would like.
RIP. AL
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Re: Al Brass

Post by Fabrizio » Tue Feb 13, 2018 11:52 am

I didn't know Al Brass; but he was part of my "Jeep World"!

He was that small lettering, "Al Brass" on JeepDraws pictures, one of the guys that gave me the will to document, read, browse, scroll, google for months and years about every single bolt and nut; one of the guys that gave me the will to raise my restauration and knowledge as far as it could possibly be done!

He would, maybe, be proud to know how much he has brought to dozens of little guys like me, all around the world, connected only by some wires and a screen.

All my sympathy goes to his family, friends, and all the people who knew him and will miss him.
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Re: Al Brass

Post by mn42ford » Tue Feb 13, 2018 12:22 pm

My condolences to his family.

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Re: Al Brass

Post by MikeNZ » Tue Feb 13, 2018 3:13 pm

I was really really saddened to read the obituary in our local newspaper yesterday morning. I live in the same city as Al and Beryl.

I met Al Brass about eighteen years ago, when he was a customer of a company I worked for. He heard I had an interested in WW2 jeeps, and brought his GPW around, so I could take it for a drive. That was the kind of guy he was.


A few months later, he wanted to take both his jeeps on a local vehicle rally, and so asked me if I would drive his MB in the rally for him. He let me take it home overnight, and driving it back to my place with my then young children, with them grinning, as the occasional vehicle tooted their horns and the occupants waving, is an enduring memory I will keep forever. He let me drive his jeeps several times, and I learnt a lot from him about these great vehicles. The fun I experienced driving his jeeps will be etched in my memory, and one day I will get one myself.

I lost touch a little with him, but spoke on the phone a few times. The irony is that I was thinking of him last week, and I intended to call him to drop in and visit, as it was well overdue. It wasn't meant to be.

I'm feeling really sad right now, as the world has lost a really great person, far too soon, and I wont get to catch up with him again.

Rest in peace Al. And my heartfelt condolences to Beryl and the Brass family.

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Re: Al Brass

Post by JAB » Tue Feb 13, 2018 8:10 pm

So sad. Al helped a lot of us here on the Gee. He will be missed. My condolences to the family, including us here on the Gee, his family of friends and fellow jeepers.
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Re: Al Brass

Post by tamnalan » Wed Feb 14, 2018 6:13 am

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Re: Al Brass

Post by Kings » Thu Feb 15, 2018 3:18 am

Sadly I never met him, but he always helped me. You knew if he posted a reply to you it would be a good info.
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Re: Al Brass

Post by jeepfinger » Fri Feb 16, 2018 12:41 pm

Such sad news, I never met Al, but like a lot of others have said, he was an inspiration to all the Jeeping community. I used the photo's of Al's GPW for a lot of referances, a beautiful Jeep.


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Re: Al Brass

Post by Marc Roberts » Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:26 pm

There is no greater generosity to aspiring restorers than to be generous with your knowledge and time,

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Re: Al Brass

Post by Mark Tombleson » Sat Feb 17, 2018 12:24 am

I think this was the last time he was at Tower Park.

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Re: Al Brass

Post by Mike Soltis » Sat Feb 17, 2018 6:01 am

What sad news indeed. My condolences to his family. It's been mentioned by others already but when I first found this site I somehow gravitated to Al & he became a trusted resource to a young GPW owner wishing to restore my GPW to the level of his. he never once shied away from the lists of basic questions I would throw his way. I wish I had the opportunity to have met & thanked him in person. Thank you AL for all your kindness, patience & wealth of knowledge you have shared with us. Rest in peace my god be with you.. Mike
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Re: Al Brass

Post by Carsten » Sun Feb 18, 2018 8:57 am

Very sad news indeed.
Unfortunately, I never met Al in real life, but he helped me on many occasions here on g503, and has made countless contributions to our hobby.
What a tremendous loss, not only because of his wide knowledge and experience in WWII jeeps, but also because the world is a poorer place without such a kind and helpful man as Al Brass.
The best wishes to his family.
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Re: Al Brass

Post by David » Mon Feb 19, 2018 4:00 am

Very sad news, I never met Al but the pics of his GPW on JeepDraw were usually my first stop if I needed information on how something was fitted. A real loss to the jeep-community! :cry:

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Re: Al Brass

Post by Chuck Lutz » Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:28 am

Mark....I believe you are correct that 2011 was Al's last trip to Tower Park....here is the rest of the gang...
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First we lost Joe Potter (2nd from left back row) then Al (2nd from left front row).
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Re: Al Brass

Post by Mark Tombleson » Mon Feb 19, 2018 12:09 pm

Yes, Al, Joe and Mark Open... though I cannot remember if Mark had a shirt?

Al looks good in his with that cap.

I cannot remember how many shirts were made but we all had them... Even Mike Wright I think. Jon Rogers made his a little different... 22 maybe?
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