Alan Robert Kessel

Alan Robert Kessel, 78, of Matthews, NC, passed away on Tuesday, July 20, 2021, after a lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer.

Born on July 24, 1942, in Bradford, son of the late William O. and Marjorie Warner Kessel. Al was blessed to grow up with older brother Richard L. Kessel and younger sister Martha K. Wilcox (Robert), who survive him and who spent many heartwarming hours with him, especially during the months of his illness.

Al is survived by his wife, Gerri, with whom he recently celebrated 20 years of marriage. Left behind to cherish memories of a special bond over sports cars is his son, Dean (Beth). Al was a hero to his daughter, Robin, who, along with Gerri, was by his side as he peacefully passed away.

Al was a stepfather to Tracy Gordon, Chuck Gordon (Katrina), and Nicole Papciak, who devotedly saw to it that he was as comfortable as possible during his days of uncertainty.

Recalling times of fun and adventure on Lake Norman and on Ocean Isle Beach vacations are step-grandchildren Katherine Gordon (fiance Hunter Tripp), Cal Papciak, Baylor Papciak, Bryson Gordon, and Alexandra Gordon, who all knew him as “Grandpal.” Also surviving are step-grandchildren Dr. Russ Powell (children Adiah and Walden), Tip Powell, and Jack Powell.

“Uncle Al” will be missed by his many nieces and nephews, who always anticipated visits with him and the jokes and laughter he shared with them.

He is also survived by his former wife, Jackie Sirard, the mother of Robin and Dean.

After graduation from Bradford Area High School in 1960, Al served four years in the U.S. Air Force. He was proud of his service to his country.

For years, Al was employed in his father’s construction business in Bradford. After moving to Charlotte in 1978, he opened his own business, A.R. Kessel, Inc., selling and erecting metal buildings. His attention to detail and penchant for punctuality, along with a strong work ethic, made it possible for his business to thrive for 29 years. During his career, his mentorship was sought after and highly respected, and he served in many capacities in various industry organizations.

Al’s decision to retire was a difficult one, but he longed to spend more time at the Lake Norman home that he and Gerri purchased. For 16 years their time was divided between the two homes.

Al’s favorite car was a green 1958 Chevy Biscayne, which he regretfully sold long ago. However, after buying a Corvette in 2009, he was smitten. Al and Gerri soon joined the Queen City Corvette Club and became very active in the club, where many wonderful friendships were forged.

Al and Gerri enjoyed their many trips both abroad and throughout the United States.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, July 31, 2021, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. at Gordon Funeral Service, 1904 Lancaster Ave., Monroe, N.C., 28112. A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m., Sunday, August 1, 2021, at First Baptist Church of Monroe, with burial to follow at Lakeland Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Union County, 700 W. Roosevelt Blvd., Monroe, N.C. 28110, or First Baptist Church of Monroe, 109 W. Morrow Ave., Monroe, N.C. 28112.

Online condolences may be expressed at



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Dick, Martha and family, my love and prayers are with you. May God''s peace and comfort be with you at this time. With our love, Eric, Sharon & Angela


  • Dick, Martha and family, my love and prayers are with you. May God''s peace and comfort be with you at this time. With our love, Eric, Sharon & Angela