Plattsburgh — Mr. Allen Al Billups, 77, of Palmer Street, Plattsburgh, passed away Saturday, March 26, 2005, at the CVPH Medical Center. He was born in Burlington, Vt., on Dec. 1, 1927, the son of Ruben and Margaret (Allen) Billups.
A veteran of World War II, Al served in the U.S. Army in Japan. He was self employed as a barber for 54 years, his first shop being at the Witherell Hotel in downtown Plattsburgh. In 1968, he opened The Barber Shop on Broad Street, where his many customers became his friends. Al was an avid baseball fan and had coached youth baseball. Probably one of his greatest joys was being there to coach his two sons. Al was a devout member of St. John's Church.
He was predeceased by his parents; a son, Craig Billups; his brother Charles; and most recently, his beloved wife Shirley.
He is survived by a daughter, Randy Ladue of Plattsburgh; a son, Ken Billups and his wife Kristie of Plattsburgh; his precious grandsons, Nathan, Treye and Drew; three brothers, Richard Billups and his wife Toni of Colchester, Vt., Robert Billups of Stowe, Mass., and Roderic Billups and his wife Ayako of Fircrest, Wash.; three sisters, Ruth Rhoney of North Tonawanda, N.Y., Margaret Macomber of Maynard, Mass., and Lucy Ann Marston and her husband Keith of Burlington, Vt.; and several nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be Tuesday, March 29, 2005, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the Brown Funeral Home, Plattsburgh.
A Mass of Christian burial will follow at 1:30 p.m. from St. John's Church.
Interment will be at a later date in Mt. Carmel Cemetery.
Friends wishing may make donations to Make A Wish or St. John's Church.