Alfred (Al) Dort Sr., 95, died on August 23, 2021 at Evergreen Hospital in Kirkland, W.A. Private services were held. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Al was born in Brooklyn, NY and served in the US Navy during WWII. He began his career in television shortly thereafter working for the American Broadcasting Company in NYC until his retirement. He started as a Cameraman and diligently worked his way up to Technical Director. Over the course of his 40+ year career at ABC he worked on many well known pro- ductions such as Good Morning America, Good Morning NY, Live with Regis and Kathy Lee, ABC Wide World of Sports and 5 Olympic Games; the 1976 Winters Games in Innsbruck, Austria being his favorite. His children enjoyed roaming around the television studio halls in search of celebrities and autographs. Al was a resident of Manhasset, NY, for 46 years before moving to Redmond, WA in 2015 with his wife, Helen. During his retirement Al enjoyed traveling and was very actively involved in his parish at Saint Mary’s in Manhasset, NY where he and his wife served as eucharistic ministers for many years.
Throughout Al’s life he was a very private man but looked forward to holiday gatherings and watching and hearing about his grandchildren. He loved the beach, gardening, sailing and was an avid skier. He had many stories about treacherous drives up to Vermont in his Corvette in the dead of winter or packing the family station wagon full of kids to go to Jones Beach. He also enjoyed spending family vacations in the Hamptons and Montauk. Some of his best times were at the beach or on the ski slopes. They were passions that were passed down to his children and grandchildren who continue to enjoy them today.
Al was predeceased by his parents, Alfred and Mae McGowan Dort; his sister Dolores Connolly and brother Donald Dort. Al is survived by his wife of 53 years, Helen (Kaminski) Dort; his son Alfred Dort Jr. (Patsy) of Ridgewood, NJ; his daughter Kathleen (Dort) Heyes (Tim) of Woodinville, WA, and grandchildren: Anna, Katherine, Joshua and Sarah.