Alfred Arthur Gruber

February 11, 1920 - August 9, 2015
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St. Paul's Lutheran Church
701 South College Avenue
Newark, DE 19713
302-368-0064 | Map
Saturday 10/3, 11:00 am

Alfred Arthur Gruber, age 95, of Newark, DE, died peacefully on August 9, 2015, in Newark, DE. He was born February 11, 1920, in New York City, to the late Otto Arthur Benedict Gruber and Charlotte Genoveva (Beyer) Gruber. Al and his two younger brothers were full-fledged Bronx kids growing up. He attended New YorkContinue Reading

Dr. Curt Blacklock left a message on August 8, 2018:
I thought of Al just today. I still have a mug he gave me from Hilo Hatties when he heard that my wife and I had gone to Hawaii for our 25th anniversary. He had rummaged through his basement to find it from years ago and polished it up and brought it to me at the office. He was always doing little thoughtful thins like that. It has been three years and I still refer to him when giving patients an example of a life well-lived.
Curt Blacklock left a message on August 8, 2017:
It has been two years since Al's passing and not a week goes by that I don't mention him to a patient on how to live a full life in your later years. Al invented carpe diem, I have never seen anyone else get so much out of life than he did. He was also more thoughtful than most. I have a collection of cards and personal notes that he sent over the years. I know that he touched many people in his life in a special way. I still have a mug he gave me that he dug out of his basement from Hilo Hatties when he heard that I took my wife to Hawaii for our 25th wedding anniversary. His novels remain on my bookshelf and I'll read a snippet from time to time when I need a chuckle. Anyone who may be reading this please join me in congratulating Al Gruber on a life well lived.

Dr. Curt D. Blacklock, D.O.,FACP
Clinton Lee Johnson Jr. left a message on November 12, 2015:
I just read this obituary tonight. So sorry for your loss. I grew up on Johnson rd. Down the road from the tree farm. Mr. Gruber. gave me permission when I was a kid to ride my motorcycle on the road to the tree farm. Again sorry for your loss he was a very nice man.
Ian Wellings left a message on October 11, 2015:
We will never forget our stamp meetings together in our homes and the knowledge that Al contributed. We will miss his conversations and sense of humor. Ian and Kjerstin Wellings
Sally Krapf left a message on September 29, 2015:
Dearest Gretchen and Jim, I didn't realize that your dad had passed. Your family and you have my deepest sympathy. Al sounds like he was quite a guy--a renaissance man! Love and prayers, Sally
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Peg Hoffmann left a message on August 27, 2015:
To Al, Thank you for days back when we were looking for the Great Potoo with friends on a bird watching tour to Tobago or looking for an unremembered bird in the Tobago sewage plant (your comments are well remembered!). Such trips were always more fun with you aboard. Since then I've learned the depth of your love of life and your eagerness to add to your encyclopedic knowledge of life here. I am sure you are doing that wherever you are! You enhanced our own appreciation of the life we are given: the people we meet, the infinite gifts that are ours to enjoy. Your interest and concern carried on to your fellow humans. This fellow human feels very blessed to have known you. Love, Peg "Somewhere a Bell Bird is calling Somewhere an Eagle is soaring But now my birding days are through I hear someone trodding in my footsteps Searching for the Great Patoo." A.A. Gruber March 1987
Alice Hanke left a message on August 22, 2015:
We're so glad we had some time with Al on June 27th during a visit to Newark. So sad to hear of his death. Alice and Paul Hanke
Deb Bosso left a message on August 20, 2015:
Our lives were so enriched by living next door to Al. He always had words of wisdom for us and we loved hearing the stories he shared from his long and very interesting life. Just last year Julia interviewed him for a high school writing class assignment. She was gone quite a while and enthusiastically shared what she learned about him and his family upon her return. We talk about him often and will remember him and his humor always.
Curt Blacklock left a message on August 19, 2015:
I looked forward to AL's visits and our conversations as his doctor for the past 25 years. He was my friend as well as my patient. He was thoroughly interested in people and in life in general. He knew how to get the most enjoyment out of life and led by example. I will miss him now that he is gone but I will never forget the friendship that we shared. Dr. Curt Blacklock
Claire Sylves left a message on August 18, 2015:
I only knew Al through the Scribbler's Club of the Senior Center, but he was one of my very favorite people. We shared interest in books and writing and I envied his creative mind, which was always open to new ideas. I will miss him!--Claire Sylves
Patricia left a message on August 16, 2015:
I will dearly miss Al at our Scribbler's group. He was my encouragement to write. He had such great stories. Pat Darwicki
Paul Albright left a message on August 16, 2015:
Al was a great counselor and supporter during the decade that I edited the journal of the Scandinavian Collectors Club. We met only once in person, but we developed a lasting and rewarding relationship through 15 years of email. I will miss those exchanges. (Paul Albright, Boulder, CO)
Helene left a message on August 13, 2015:
I am deeply saddened by the news of Mr Gruber passing. Please accept my sincere condolences. My thoughts are with the family. The Bible assures us: “Jehovah is near to those that are broken at heart; and those who are crushed in spirit he saves.” (Psalm 34:18)
RT Foard left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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