Albert Ensell, Jr.
Albert Edward Ensell, 83, passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 5, 2016 surrounded by his loving family after a courageous battle with cancer.
Al was born in Philadelphia, PA and spent his formative years there and in Wildwood, NJ. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1950 where he was trained as an Air Traffic Controller. In April 1957, he moved to the Daytona Beach area with his wife, Bette, where he began his lifelong career with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as a controller, supervisor and manager. When Al retired from the FAA in 1992, he had worked at Daytona Beach International airport longer than any previous employee.
A father of six children, Al found time to volunteer at the Basilica of Saint Paul, Prince of Peace Catholic Church and Father Lopez High School, where he coached Basketball for many years. A long time athlete, Al could be found at pickup games on the basketball court, on the field with the men’s softball league, on the racquetball courts of Omega 40, jogging the streets or beaches of Daytona and teeing off at the Riviera Country Club.
He was a proud member of the American Legion, The Knights of Columbus, Loyal Order of the Moose and the Pizza Gang. Al was a mentor, friend, father, grandfather and great grandfather who was known for his big personality, zest for life and adventurous spirit.
Survivors include one son, Kurt (Terrie Lynne) Ensell of Orange Park, FL, four daughters Terri (John) Anderson of Solana Beach, CA, Karen Ensell of Ormond Beach, FL, Jeannine “J.C.” (Larry) Medlock and Margie Ensell, both of Orange Park, FL, one daughter-in-law, Tanya Ensell of Townsend, GA; three sisters, Patti Jenkins of Palm Bay, FL, twins Joni McDermott (Bob) of Jacksonville, FL and Jeanie Sproul of Bend, OR; fifteen grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren. Al is also survived by a large extended family. He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Bette Ensell, his son Albert E. “Tippy” Ensell.
A visitation will be held from 10-12 pm on Saturday, June 11 in the chapel at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 600 S. Nova Road, Ormond Beach. A Mass of Christian burial will begin promptly following the visitation at 12 noon. Interment will follow at Volusia Memorial Park, 550 N. Nova Road, Ormond Beach. Immediately following the graveside service, a celebration of Al’s life will be held in the Social Hall at Prince of Peace Church.
Condolences and tributes may be shared with the family at www.volusiamemorialfunerals.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the American Cancer Society of Volusia/Flagler, 1737 N. Clyde Morris Blvd., Suite 140, Daytona Beach, FL 32117 or Haven Hospice, 741 Blanding Blvd., Orange Park, FL 32065.