Posted in General at 3:01 pm by Karyn

A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 10 at 2:00 pm at New Covenant Church of Philadelphia, 7500 Germantown Avenue. A reception at the church will immediately follow the service. Click here for directions. All are welcome to attend.

Gifts in memory of Al may be made to Westminster Theological Seminary, with “Needy Student Fund” indicated on the memo line. Box 27009 Philadelphia, PA 19118.

Westminster Theological Seminary has a memorial page here.


  1. Charles and Anne Clayton said,

    February 6, 2007 at 5:02 pm

    Dear Libbie

    What a mixture of grief and relief… and profound thankfulness for Al. Please know of our love and prayers for you.

    Charles and Anne,

  2. Joel Dietz said,

    February 6, 2007 at 5:30 pm

    In the valley of darkness
    Shines the greatest light

    Behold! Behold! Zion the beautiful. The magnificant.
    Shining in beneficant light. Rays exploding, piercing,
    this valley of tears. And the poor in spirit go on,
    and up. Their days of sorrow are over.

    Peace and blessings be with you in this day of sadness, in this valley of darkness and tears. Light lingers but for a little while, but while it is here it is bright and beautiful! And there is a time for mourning. Weep sons of adam and daughters of eve, weep with every man and woman who has faced their own mortality, who has decended that they might ascend. I will weep with you.

    My condolences in this time.


    Joel Dietz

  3. Harry Erney said,

    February 6, 2007 at 5:44 pm

    I offer my heartfelt condolences at this time to a truly wonderful family.
    My time with Al was, in the larger scheme of things, short, but spectacular nonetheless.
    The prayers, the advice, the brotherhood, the friendship, and especially the hoops have and always will be an inspiration to me.
    I am delighted at the thought of my friend standing face to face with our Maker, and rejoice with the knowledge that Al is home forever.
    There are some people you meet in life that now matter how short their interaction with you, your life is changed forever.
    Al Groves was one of those people.


  4. Grace Haymes said,

    February 6, 2007 at 6:25 pm

    Dear Libbie and kids,

    Greetings and prayers from the Bob Haymes family (Alden probably remembers Jak), from Harvey Cedars. We’ve been taking care of Shareen and Mike Kelly here at New Life, and sending them as our ambassadors to you on this journey. We know God has provided many brothers, sisters, mothers and fathers to help you on the path, but we also look forward to spending time with you as a family in the years to come. May the God of peace bless and comfort you richly as you process Al’s home-going and the changes this makes in your family. I (Grace) have been through that process with my father, my brother, my sister, and others. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  5. David E. Frey said,

    February 7, 2007 at 8:55 am

    Dear Libbie and family,

    So sorry to learn of Al’s death. But I am rejoicing that he is home with the Father. Al’s life in Christ was a blessing to many people and to me. Al will continue to live with God and in our hearts. In love and prayers, Dave Frey

  6. Bruce Fiol said,

    February 7, 2007 at 4:08 pm

    Dear Elizabeth:
    I recall with joy Alan’s last visit to marco Presbyterian Church–about two years ago. Such a special man whose heart revealed he regularly spent long hours with the Good Shepherd. He brought great encouragement to me when we had a few minutes to interact. Of course Brian has been a wonderful friend who was so proud of his older brother–“The one who’s in ministry”! We have prayed for you during these difficult months–and we wil not stop.My wife and I will continue praying in the context of isaiah 41:10,13.
    In the strong Name of the tender Shepherd,
    Bruce Fiol

  7. Brigitta said,

    February 7, 2007 at 4:10 pm

    This will be my first Funeral. I am looking forward to this one in particular because i know I will witness prayer, morniing and esspecially praising to our lord on high. My dad came home from being with your family and simply said,”You will see a celebration like no other.” I am still praying and thinking of your family, and of Al, who I know is at this very moment is up next to God looking down on you guys saying, that there is my strong family bless them.
    May the Lord be with you always.

  8. Jim & Barb Latterell said,

    February 11, 2007 at 12:38 am

    Dear Elizabeth:

    We only learned today of the existence of you and Alan through some very unusual circumstances.

    Our son, Joshua Latterell, married the daughter of a high school friend of Alan’s, Bill McQuillen, in Aberdeen, SD. Alan was featured in an article in our local paper just a month ago, as you may know, and Bill was also quoted in the article (http://www.aberdeennews.com/mld/aberdeennews/living/16565632.htm?source=rss&channel=aberdeennews_living).

    We learned today that Bill was saddened to hear of Alan’s homegoing, and on a long shot, when we heard the last name, we wondered if he was any relation to an old dear friend of ours, Warren Groves. We used to live next door to Warren and Rachel in Frazee, MN in the 80’s, and our kids played together often. We had recently received a Christmas letter from them.

    So thru this website we now find out that our former next door neighbor (Warren) is the brother of the high school friend (Alan) of our daughter-in-law’s (Tara’s) father (Bill McQuillen)! We had never even heard of Aberdeen when we lived near Warren and Rachel, but now know we have these things in common. God is good!

    It has been encouraging to read thru this website, and hear of your family’s strong faith in our Lord. We look forward to meeting Alan in heaven, and perhaps you on this side. May God bless you and your family, and your continued testimony of His Grace to others.

    Jim and Barb Latterell, Aberdeen, SD

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