Former mayor Al F. Dossin lived his life the way he wanted to live it.
He never said much, even while he served on the City Council. But he was devoted to his wife, Lorraine and family.
About 20 people came to his graveside service last Wednesday at Forest Lawn. His niece and her husband, Lois and Bruce Serpa, were in attendance and the rest were friends including former mayor Mary Lou Howard and Don Brown, airport authority commissioner, who led the service.
A former police officer, Don met Al back in 1964 when Don pulled him over for running a stop sign. Years later, Al became a father figure and gave him advice.
Al's niece Lois Serpa also went to Al for advice.
"If I ever had any problems, I would call him and he listened to the mess I'd gotten into and say 'OK. It is what it is and now we are going to work forward and move out of it.'" she said.