February 5, 1929 to September 11, 2021
BLOOMINGTON – John Allen “Al” Diamond, was born in Lowell, Massachusetts and grew up in Saugus, Massachusetts, where he loved spending time at the ocean and eating the best seafood.
He attended Boston University and worked as a store manager for many years with Grant’s, Woolworth’s and King’s Department Stores in MA, NY, VA, IN, and OH. He also worked as a realtor and real estate broker—a career he loved and excelled at.
Al married Marie Tokarski in 1982 after a decades-long friendship. They shared 28 years together before Marie went to heaven to prepare their eternal home.
Al gained stepchildren, Rick (Mary Lou) Piller and Eileen (the late Gene) DeVeau and a daughter, Susan (mom’s favorite 😉)
Al loved his grandchildren more than anything. If you spent any time with him at all, you heard all the stories of how they made him so proud. They are Eric Diamond, Grace DeVeau, Ashley Billingham, Melissa O’Grady, Bob Billingham (Julie), and Vickie Billingham (Rob), and great-grandchildren, Jackson and Katelyn.
He was also so proud of his nephews, Steve (Lynn) Heslinga and Gerald (Kyoko) Heslinga and their families and his nephew, Jim Tokarski, whom he loved very much.
He will be missed by close family friends, especially Patti Case and Bonnie Burk.
Al loved to talk and tell stories. He had many friends all over the United States and enjoyed his close relationships with the doctors and nurses who cared for him and loved him.
Al will unite in heaven with his much loved and missed wife, Marie; sister, Beverl; his parents, Allen and Mary (White) Diamond; and his beloved cat, Kiara.
We want to thank IU Health Bloomington and IU Hospice for their excellent care.
A memorial service will be held at a later date due to Covid-19 restrictions and Al’s love and concern for his family and friends.
Memorial contributions in Al’s memory may be made to IU Health Hospice House, 2810 South Deborah Drive, Bloomington, Indiana 47403.
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