Obituary: CDR Albin “Albie” Peter Tkacz, USNR ret.
FALMOUTH – CDR Albin “Albie” Peter Tkacz, USNR ret., 101, died peacefully at his home in Falmouth surrounded by his family on March 31, 2022. Albie was born in Chester Township, Pa., on February 6, 1921, and was the son of the late Nicholas and Marya Rybazuk Tkacz.
The son of Ukrainian and Polish immigrants, Albie graduated from Ridley Township High School in 1938 and Ursinus College in 1942 with a degree in chemistry. He played several sports and was a quarterback and captain of the football team. Albie was inducted into the Ursinus College Sports Hall of Fame in 1987 for football and baseball. He was also a member of the Zeta Chi fraternity. While in Ursinus, he met his future wife, Marjorie “Marge” Mae Colsher. They married on September 26, 1942 and were married for 68 years until his death in 2010.
After graduating from Ursinus, Albie enlisted in the United States Navy, earned a second degree in meteorology from Columbia University, and served as a meteorologist in Greenland and aboard ship in the Atlantic. during the Second World War. After being discharged from active duty, he served in the United States Navy Reserve. While stationed at the U.S. Navy Reserve Center in Bangor, Maine, Albie served in many roles, eventually becoming the commanding officer of the reserve center. He retired from the United States Navy in 1972.
In 1946, Albie and Marge, along with Marge’s parents, purchased and revived Blaisdell Orchards in Winterport, Maine. The first years at the orchard were difficult, having no farming experience, but they persevered and developed a thriving business. During their years in Winterport, Marge and Albie raised two daughters, employed several of their neighbors, and formed lasting friendships.
Always athletic, Albie took up golf, being a member of the Streamside Golf Club in Winterport and the Bangor Municipal Golf Association. He has participated in many local tournaments, including the annual Paul Bunyan Amateur Golf Tournament. He had a longtime weekly match with close friends and Navy pals John Hoctor and Pat Foster where each set up their respective courses at the Bangor Municipal, Penobscot Valley and Kebo Valley golf courses in turn. role.
Retiring in the late 1980s, Marge and Albie moved to Myrtle Beach, SC to enjoy the warm weather and golf. The Tkaczes again enjoyed their membership in the Myrtlewood Country Club Women’s and Men’s Golf Leagues.
Albie was predeceased by his wife, Marjorie Colsher Tkacz, sister, Elizabeth Helen Epright; and nephews, David M. Epright and Briant Sando III.
He is survived by his two daughters, Nancy Jean Tkacz Browne (Allen) and Betsy Tkacz Lee; two beloved granddaughters, Anna-Marie Unger (Dan) and Laura Louise MacLeod (Chad); great-granddaughter, Jordyn; brother, Paul Joseph Tkacz; nieces and nephews, Lisa Fielding, Gary Epright, Alan Epright, Bonnie Sando and Robert Sando; and several great-nieces and nephews. He is remembered by close friends Jane and Allen Lebrun, Nancy Joanne Browne and Fred and Shirley Ibbitson.
Interment will take place at Oak Hill Cemetery in Winterport at a later date when a memorial service is held.
Please visit http://www.jonesrichandbarnes.com to view Albie’s tribute page and sign her online guestbook.
Instead of flowers,
submissions can be made to:
a Ukrainian relief fund
through charitynavigator.org and
the Ursinus College Fund
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