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Albert “Al” Charles Gotthardt, 78, died peacefully on Oct. 21, 2016, at The Hospice House in Williamsburg, Virginia, surrounded by his family.
He leaves his wife of 55 years, Rose Gotthardt; two daughters, Tracey Gotthardt and her husband David Tessler, and Kelly Gotthardt her husband Marc Lambiotte, four grandchildren, Aidan and Sofia Lambiotte and River and Sierra Tessler, and many close friends and relatives.
Born on March 19, 1938, in Jersey City, New Jersey, he was preceded in death by his mother and father Dorothy and Albert A. Gotthardt, and his brother William Gotthardt.
Al attended Seaton Hall University in Jersey City, New Jersey. He entered the computer sciences field as a programmer in the 1950’s where he was employed by ITT and ATT, working on government contracts. The family moved from New Jersey to Bellevue, Nebraska, in the mid-1960’s where Mr. Gotthardt worked for Computer Sciences Corporation located on SAC Air Force Base. The family then returned to New Jersey where he was employed by Western Union Corporation. In 1977, the family relocated to Williamsburg, Virginia where he worked as a program manager for Bunker Ramo and Computer Sciences Corporation until his retirement in 2003. He served as past -president of the James City County Rotary Club and enjoyed ushering at St. Bede Roman Catholic Church.
After retirement, Al enjoyed playing golf with his buddies, gardening, painting, traveling with family and friends, was a car and sports enthusiast, and a military history buff. He was especially fond of annual family vacations in Duck, North Carolina. He was a gentle, kind man who delighted in being called “Pop Pop” by his grandchildren who loved him dearly.
Family will be receiving friends on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Nelsen Funeral Home, 3785 Strawberry Plains Road, Williamsburg, VA. A mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016, at 2:00 pm at St. Bede Roman Catholic Church, 3686 Ironbound Road, Williamsburg, VA. Inurnment will be at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Hospice House, 4445 Powhatan Parkway, Williamsburg, VA 23188, or the charity of your choice. To view or extend condolences, please visit NelsenCares.com.