Alvin George Wilding was born June 8, 1927 to proud parents Harry and May Wilding in Seattle, WA. He spent his 85 years living in Seattle, Kirkland and Shaw Island. He moved to his eternal home in Heaven on April 22, 2013.
Al was preceded in passing by his wife of 52 years, Charlotte and his first wife, Deloris. He is survived by four children; three from his first marriage - Karen Flammang, Michael Wilding and Juliana Barnes. He and Charlotte had one daughter, Tara Wilding – Herndon.
All four children reside in Washington State. He was the beloved grandfather of five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. He loved all of his family very much.
Al was known for his wonderful sense of humor and adventure. He enjoyed art, horses, flying and sailing. He began a long career in law enforcement in 1953 with the King County Sheriff’s Department. In August of 1954 he began serving with the Seattle Police. Al worked his way from patrol to detective and then sergeant. He was instrumental in beginning several programs including the Seattle Horse Patrol. Al retired from the Seattle Police in 1981. He served as a Special Deputy with San Juan County Sheriff’s Department on Shaw Island from 1992 to 2007.
In 1958 Al and Charlotte purchased a farm on Shaw Island. They built their dream home there in 1990 and became full time residents. Both lived and loved Shaw Island for the remainder of their lives, and are interred at the Shaw Island Cemetery.
A Memorial Service to honor the life of Al Wilding will be held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, June 15, 2013 at the Shaw Island Community Center. Shuttle transportation will be provided on Shaw from the ferry dock to the Community Center.
Arrangements are in the care of Evans Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., Anacortes, WA and the San Juan Islands. To share memories of AL, please sign the online guest register at www.evanschapel.com.