Carl O. Albion, a retired watchmaker and jeweler, died Friday in his Lewiston home after a long illness, during which he received the care of Niagara Hospice. He was 85.
Mr. Albion was born in Buffalo and raised in Niagara Falls. He graduated from Niagara Falls High School in 1939.
He then attended a jewelers' school in Buffalo. His father had founded Albion Jewelers in 1920 on Pine Avenue, and four brothers were also involved in the family business. After several years as an apprentice with his father and brothers, Mr. Albion opened his own store, Carl's Jewelers.
Originally located on Main Street in Niagara Falls, the store was later moved to Military Road in the Town of Niagara. Mr. Albion prided himself on personal attention to his customers, even providing free watch repairs to the blind using Braille watches. He served as president of a local watchmakers association. Mr. Albion retired in 2000.
He was an early member of the former Century Club in Niagara Falls. He belonged to Niagara Frontier Bible Church in Lewiston, where he served as an elder. He was involved with Youth for Christ, served on the board of the Niagara Falls City Mission and distributed religious tracts.
Mr. Albion also enjoyed golf, crossword puzzles and carpentry.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, the former Violet E. Parrett; three daughters, Eileen MacLaren and Susan Huard of Lewiston and Karen Stidham of Scott Depot, W.Va.; a son, Carl W. of Youngstown; two sisters, Nancy Martinez of Niagara Falls and Caroline Colaprete of St. Mary's, Pa.; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at noon Tuesday in Otto Redanz Funeral Home, 2215 Military Road, Town of Niagara. Burial will be in Riverdale Cemetery.