Albert Brookman Jr. Dies; Former Resident was 87

Albert John Brookman Jr.

Albert John Brookman Jr. laid down his working tools on November 2, 2023, in Juneau, with family by his side.

Born March 6, 1936, in Sitka, Al lived a vibrant and dedicated life with his loving wife of 69 years, Georgene (Krug) Brookman, whom he married on August 28, 1954, at St. Peter’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church.

Al, known by many as “Apple,” was raised to the Third Degree of Masonry in 1969 at Mt. Verstovia Lodge No. 291. He was honored by the Scottish Rite in 2015 with his 33rd Degree and Blue Hat in 2022. For more than 50 years, Al served in numerous esteemed positions within various lodges, the Grand Lodges of Alaska and Washington, Scottish Right, and the Order of Eastern Star, gaining and sharing the Light through close bonds with his Masonic Family.

As a young man, Al began work as a cooper assembling barrels at Sitka Cold Storage. He went on to work for the City of Sitka before training as a barber and opening Al’s Barber Shop across from the Pioneer Bar. He also owned Brookman Janitor Service for many years; and bought and sold real estate for 65 years of his life in Alaska, Washington, and California.

The Brookmans moved to Washington in 1978 and later lived in Chico,  California, for 16 years before moving in 2005 to Juneau, where their daughter  and her family were living. Over those years, Al and Georgene returned for reunions of the Sitka High School classes of the 1950s and to visit their many Sitka relatives and friends.

For the past 19 years, Al enjoyed his love of woodworking and wine making while residing in Juneau.

Al was preceded in death by his parents, Ollie Oskolkoff and Al Brookman Sr.; brother Richard Brookman; sisters Mary Ann Barden, Norma Ihde, Jeanette Wells, and Irene Saden; sons Nathan (John) Brookman and Albert (Butch) Brookman III; and great-grandson Hunter Fredrick.

Al is survived by his wife, Georgene, and daughter Rebecca Fredrick, of Juneau, along with six grandchildren, 11 great-grandkids, and five great-great-grandkids.

Al’s legacy is evident in the many lives he touched. He will be missed dearly.

Masonic services will be provided by Mt. Juneau Gastineaux Lodge No. 21 at 1:30 p.m. January 14, 2024. All who were lucky enough to know him are welcomed. His remains will be entombed at the Sitka Mausoleum.     

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