Al was born in Seattle, Washington on June 20, 1947, to Albert and Helge Berryman, and passed away in Fresno, Ca. on Friday, October 5, 2012, with Mary Katherine and Anthony by his side. Al was raised in Bellevue, Wa. and graduated from Sammamish High School. He went on to the University of Notre Dame and graduated in 1968. Al obtained a Juris Doctorate from the University of San Francisco school of law and came to Fresno and practiced law for over 40 years. Many words could describe Al, but none more so than honesty, integrity, compassion, generosity, wit, and humor. His joys were Mary Katherine and Anthony and they will miss him deeply. He had many passions. Foremost, being Notre Dame Football, Golf and the San Francisco Giants. Al was a member of Fort Washington Country Club, and by his own admission was not the greatest golfer, but loved spending time on the course with his friends and Mary Katherine. Mary Katherine wishes to extend her heartfelt thanks to their many friends, colleagues and family for their thoughts and prayers these last few months. “Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free! I could not stay another day, To love, to laugh, to work or play; Tasks left undone must stay that way, And if my parting has left a void, Then fill it with remembered joy. A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss… Ah yes, these things I, too, shall miss. My life’s been full, I’ve savored much Good times, good friends, a loved ones touch. Perhaps my time seemed all too brief. Don’t shorten your’s with undue grief. Be not burdened with tears of sorrow, Enjoy the sunshine of the morrow. -Remembered Joy” Al is survived by Mary Katherine, his wife; his son, Anthony Berryman and his companion, Felicia Field; his sisters and thier husbands, Mary Lee and William, and Bette Andrews and Wayne; his mother-in-law, Mary O’Neill; and his special sister-in-law, Teresa O’Neill; and many other loving relatives. Al requested no public memorial on his behalf. His wish was for family, friends and colleagues at the end of a day of golf, or a Notre Dame football game, or a Giants game, or a beautiful sunset to raise a glass and remember him with a smile. Remembrances may be sent to Hinds Hospice, 1616 W. Shaw Avenue, Suite B-6, Fresno, Ca. 93711-3513; or to the donor’s favorite charity.
Published in the Fresno Bee on October 14, 2012