Family - no word better defined the life and love of Albert B. Slattery Jr. A devoted son, father of 8, grandfather of 12 and great grandfather of two. The source of Al’s greatest joy and pride was his family, which included his beloved Irish, brown-nosed poodles, Teddy and Crosby. Al attended Loyola Academy in Wilmette and Marquette University in Milwaukee.
Al led an illustrious career in advertising and marketing that spanned over 50 years. He spearheaded the growth of the “Big Three” auto manufacturers in Chicago, Detroit, and Los Angeles, as well as for the Phillip Morris Brands. As with everyone he encountered personally or in business, he counted his clients as friends, and they shared that sentiment.
He lived a full, spirited, and happy life with his family and friends beginning in Lake Geneva, WI, Wilmette, Northbrook, and Chicago, IL, and for the past 39 years in Long Beach, IN. The words that come to mind to those who know Al best are warmth, heart, intelligence, caring, selflessness, and eternal optimism, combined with great wit and Irish humor.
Al’s passion for sailing and the water began during his boyhood summers spent with his parents, aunts, uncles and 44 first cousins on his grandfather’s, U.S. Senator James M. Slattery’s, compound in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. He also made valiant efforts in downhill skiing to enjoy another activity with his children.
Al relished his role as father, mentor and volunteer. He gave his time to youth baseball both in Northbrook and in Long Beach. He enjoyed watching daughter Mary-Katherine compete in tennis and golf, including her golf competitions for University of Dayton. He relished joining his son Patrick’s camping adventures, skill building exercises, and travels around the U.S. and Europe in the Boy Scouts and his studies, culminating in Patrick’s achievement of Eagle Scout status.
Throughout the 1960s and 70s, Al was a pillar in the Northbrook community. A long-standing trustee on the Village Board, Al served as head of the Police and Fire Commission where he was instrumental in expanding the police force, and turned a small all-volunteer fire unit into a substantial, multi-stationed department. He served as Board President of the Northbrook Civic Foundation, where he helped raise a fledgling “Northbrook Days” festival to become the institution it remains today.
Over the past several years, Al waged a spirited, courageous health battle with great humor and optimism. Al’s devotion to the Virgin Mary gave him the strength and confidence to overcome the many challenges he faced. His faith consistently provided comfort as his doctors marvelled at his resiliency. Al held such admiration and appreciation for the scores of medical professionals who helped him, gave him time, and cared for him with such skill and affection, both in Northwest Indiana and at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.
Al was the devoted son of Albert B. and Helen Sala Slattery (both deceased). His sister Tricia (Mike) Henry and wife Lisbeth survive. Al was the father of eight children, Albert B. (Beth) Slattery, III, John (Dawn) Slattery (deceased), Ann (Lyle) Slattery-Cowles, Elizabeth (Casey) Spelman, Michael (Tracy) Slattery, and Mark (Vicki) Slattery with Cindy Rush Slattery, and Patrick John Slattery and Mary-Katherine Helen Slattery with Lisbeth Slattery. Al was “papa” to Kathleen (Dustin) Hernke, Matthew Spelman, Aaron (Troi) Slattery, Jennifer (Dan) Donovan, Lauren Slattery, Sean Slattery, Mark Spelman, Jack Slattery, Grace Slattery, William Slattery, Ashton Slattery, Nicholas Slattery-Cowles and great grandfather to Grayson Hernke.
Al left nothing on the table. While we have an aching void at his loss, we cherish the beautiful memories of a kind and loving man who never quit and never lost his spirit. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be directed in Al’s name to The Bluhm Cardiovascular Unit, Northwestern Memorial Hospital Foundation, Chicago, IL.
Services to celebrate Al’s life will commence at his boyhood parish church, St Joseph’s in Wilmette on Saturday, August 21. Mass will begin promptly at 12:00pm and we will be there to greet family and friends from 11:00am on. We look forward to celebrating with you the life of our favorite Irishman.
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