Coin dealer Al Johnbrier of Bowie, MD has passed away.
Alfred Edward Johnbrier "Al", 87, of Bowie, MD, passed away on November 8, 2022. Born July 30, 1935, in Pittsburgh, PA, he was the son of Edward William Johnbrier and Mary Ann Fritch Johnbrier.
Al dropped out of school in the 10th grade to work to support his mother and sister and then joined the USAF. He spent 23 years working with logistics and was stationed in Landsberg, Germany; Fairbanks, Alaska; Charleston, South Carolina; Bangkok, Thailand; McGuire AFB, New Jersey; Air Force One at Andrews AFB, Maryland; OSI, Washington, DC.
He met Joann Youngfleisch in 1960 at a dance at Westview Park in Pittsburgh and they were married on June 2, 1962.
In 1976, he and Joann and their 3 daughters moved to Bowie, MD in anticipation of his retirement from the military in 1977. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and watching sports, and especially the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pirates.
Al started a second career after his military retirement, allowing him and Joann to travel, always making friends around the country.
To read the complete obituary, see:
Alfred Edward Johnbrier
Paul Kluth writes:
"Al was President of the Bowie Coin Club for many, many years; an active officer with the Silver Dollar Roundtable; active in the sale of VAMs during their height in the market, a good friend of Leroy Van Allen, and an active dealer in the mid-Atlantic including Whitman Baltimore, FUN and the ANA. I personally knew Al and his wife Joann over the years and always enjoyed coin stories of all types with Al & Joann as a friend."
Michael Fey writes:
"I knew John (and his wife) as a dealer, National Silver Dollar Roundtable Officer, VAM Dealer and friend. It's sad to hear that a good man and friend has passed."
Julian Leidman writes:
"I knew Al for at least 50 years. He was a driving force behind numismatics for Prince George's county and all of MD. My condolences to his family."
Michael Merrill writes:
"At shows Al was always cordial with his wife and family in support."
Lori Kraft writes:
"Al was such a character and could find a way to make me laugh or smile whenever dealing with Expo challenges. We asked him to keep us posted on how he was doing over the last year and it just seemed like he couldn't catch a break. We will certainly miss his smiling face."
"Al served the National Silver Dollar Roundtable as both its President or Treasurer for the longest tenures of anyone and was a Charter Board member along with LeRoy Van Allen."
In 2003 John spoke at the National Silver Dollar Roundtable Silver Dollar Seminar in Long Beach and was recorded by David Lisot.
To watch the complete video, see:
NSDR Silver Dollar Seminar 2/28/03
Wayne Homren, Editor
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