Saxer, Albert Joseph

Albert Joseph Saxer, 90, of Avon, husband of the late Ann (Cray) Saxer, passed away peacefully Monday, October 7th, 2019. Born April 9th, 1929 in Buffalo, NY, he was the son of the late Albert F. and Loretta (Moser) Saxer. He was a United States Army veteran of the Korean War serving in the Signal Corps. Al started his career in Buffalo, NY in 1947 as an elevator helper. After serving in the Army in Korea, he returned to Buffalo and worked as a mechanic, and subsequently maintenance supervisor. He also worked in supervisory positions in West Virginia and Philadelphia. Al was then promoted to regional field engineer in Montvale, NJ. He was instrumental with the elevator installation at the World Trade Center when it was built. He was promoted to National Field engineer at Otis HQ in Farmington where he authored many Technical Information Publications. He holds 2 patents for elevator equipment. Al retired in 1993 and continued to contribute to the elevator industry through his work on the code committee. He was a longtime, faithful communicant of the Church of St. Ann in Avon.
Al is survived by his two daughters, Mary S. Margherini and her husband Kenneth of Madison, NJ and Patricia A. Saxer of Sicklerville, NJ, his two sons, Kenneth P. Saxer and his wife Jackie of Beaufort, NC and Timothy M. Saxer and his wife Mary of Ft. Wayne, IN, his brother Clifford Saxer of Willimasville, NY, his sister Beatrice Saxer of Williamsville, NY, ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his cherished daughter Aileen Michelle Saxer.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Saturday (Oct. 12) from 9:00-10:30am. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be at 10:30am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Ann, 289 Arch Road, Avon at 11:00am. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to The American Heart Association, 5 Brookside Drive, Wallingford, CT 06492.

Calling Hours

Saturday, October 12, 2019 from 9:00-10:30am

Funeral Service

Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 11:00am in the Church of St. Ann ~ Avon


Memorial Contribution

The American Heart Association, 5 Brookside Drive, Wallingford, CT 06492

15 Responses to 'Saxer, Albert Joseph'

  1. Don Sites says:

    It’s with heavy heart that I learn of Al’s passing. I had the pleasure of working with Al at Otis Service Center. I learned much about the business from Al, but what I learned most was how to treat people. Al was your consummate professional, always willing to lend a hand or share his experience.
    Rest In Peace Al,
    Don Sites

  2. Craig Ellis says:

    I was very saddened to learn of Al’s passing. He was my mentor when I was growing up Otis. Al thought me so much.
    I consider myself so lucky to have learned from him. He was truly the smartest person I ever meet.
    My condolences to the Saxer family and friends. God bless

  3. nick marchitto says:

    To the Saxer Family,
    So sorry for your loss. Al was quite a guy, “Mr. Elevator” to me. Al and I worked together at Otis on several field problems; Al bringing the valuable experience and practical knowledge to assist with our engineering solution. He also was a great contributor to our elevator safety code meetings with his Field perspective and will be missed. A very nice all-around man. God be with him and his family,
    Nick Marchitto

  4. Edward A. Minich says:

    Al had his priorities straight at all times – Family, God, Country, Otis. In the post 1950’s Otis he was a true legend who helped numerous people in their careers and who solved technical problems too numerous to mention. All the while he was a true gentleman. He shall be missed.
    May God bless him and may he Rest In Peace.

  5. Ray Moncini says:

    I am so sorry for your and our loss of my friend Al Saxer. His contribution to Otis and the Elevator Industry can not be overstated. His quick mind, willingness to teach and learn, unparalleled work ethic, customer focus and high standards of excellence were unique and may never be replicated. Al’s leadership literally saved Otis NAO when our products were failing in the 1980s. He later helped to redefine our service and modernization businesses and his legacy is seen in the performance of every branch office and the people that he helped, taught and developed.
    But Al the man, husband and father is even greater than the elevator expert. He loved his family, particularly Ann, with a passion that we all should emulate. His faith and love of Jesus was humbling and inspiring and heaven is better today with Al’s passing.
    May he rest in peace.
    And may God bless the Saxer family.

  6. Wayne Virkler says:

    One of the best supervisors I ever worked for and as a bonus learned a lot with regard to the Elevator Industry. Al may you Rest In Peace and you will be missed.

  7. Janet says:

    To the Saxer family,

    My sincere condolences to you. Al was a dedicated elevator man, a force to be reckoned with, and a gentleman, always willing to take the time to explain or help. I had the pleasure of working with him at the Otis Service Center for many years. Rest in peace, Al.

  8. George Turchioe says:

    To the Saxer family, I extend my deepest sympathies.

    Thank you, Mr. Saxer for sharing with me your guidance and insights in the fascinating field that you helped build! The Technical articles that you penned are still serving to help the field. The Existing Elevator code that you helped create and promote, provides direction for common sense code requirements for existing installations. The riding public is safer today because of your life’s efforts. Godspeed!

  9. Zack McCain says:

    My sincere condolences to the family. I was blessed and honored to have had the opportunity to know and work with him on ASME Code Activities. He was always a true gentleman and encouraging in both Elevators safety and life skills. His technical knowledge was unexcelled and he was a hero to many in the industry including myself. I know that today he is walking the golden streets of heaven.

    • Mary Margherini says:

      Thank you for your condolences. Dad would be so happy and pleased with the outpouring of thoughts and prayers. He is truly in the Lords arms, embracing my Mom and sister once again.

      The Saxer family

  10. Edward A. Donoghue says:

    A terrible loss of a close friend for close to 50 years. I will miss him but rest assured he is in a better place.

  11. Michael V Farinola says:

    Dear Mary & Ken:
    I am so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. Al was a truly great man. He excelled in everything he embraced. He was a devote Catholic, husband, father, friend,employee, and leader. He will always be my role model for how to be a good loving person. I will always be grateful for his professional guidance and will cherish our days after OTIS when we would work together on a consulting project or just meet socially for lunch up in Connecticut with other OTIS friends. I will miss him greatly. Love you Al.

    • Mary Margherini says:

      Thank you Mike,

      Our family appreciates your heartfelt condolences. He was an amazing gentleman, everyone that had the pleasure being in his company have nothing but kind words for him. God truly blessed my family with a gift, one to be cherish forever.

      Mary & Ken

  12. Robert E Malinowski says:

    The end of an ERA. A truly great elevator man has left us. I will miss you my friend and our Saturday talks that went on for almost thirty years.

  13. stefanie tilton says:

    Dear Patty,
    We are so sorry for your loss and feel like we have know your Dad through the wonderful stories we heard over the years. We will be here for you when the days return to routine. We love you and have your family in our prayers.
    Your Washington Twp Dental Family.

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