He was a former member of Vermilion United Church of Christ Congregational. Al was a 56 year member and past Master of Ely Lodge #424, F. & A.M in 1973, past High Priest of P.B. Morgan Chapter #233, a 54 year member of Royal Arch Mason in 1975, and a 40 year member of the Madeleine Chapter #204, Order of the Eastern Star. He held the office of Sentinel for a number of years and was also elected a Life Member in 2005. Al was a trustee for the Vermilion Area Archival Society and member of the Vermilion Church Men United. He enjoyed helping at the Vermilion News Print Shop Museum, making clocks, bee keeping, raising orchids, historical photos, and Vermilion history.
He is survived by his sisters, Nancy Emery and Ginny (Dave) Wilkes of Vermilion; brothers, William R. (Lois) Tarrant and Richard (Georgianne) Tarrant of Vermilion; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William B. and Ella (nee Roscoe) Tarrant; brother, Philip Tarrant; sisters, Eleanor Slocum and Zella Bolyard, brother-in-law, Howard "Jerry" Emery; and his pet parrot of 28 years.
The family will receive friends Friday, November 30, 2012, from 10 A.M., until the time of a Memorial service at 12 Noon, at the Riddle Funeral Home, 5345 South Street, Vermilion, where Ely Lodge #424 will conduct a Masonic Service. The Reverend Louis Bertoni will officiate. Interment will take place at Maple Grove Cemetery, Vermilion.
The family suggests memorial contributions to the Vermilion News Print Shop Museum, P.O. Box 297, Vermilion OH 44089, Vermilion Food Pantry, P.O. Box 228, Vermilion OH, 44089, or New Life Hospice of St. Joseph, 3700 Kolbe Road, Lorain, OH 44053.
Online condolences may be made at www.riddlefuneralhome.com