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Albert A Apshaga, MD

July 23, 1924 ~ February 26, 2021 (age 96)


Apshaga, MD, Albert A., 96, of Burrillville, passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by his loving family on Friday, February 26, 2021. He was the son of the late Peter and Rosalija (Matulankus) Apshaga.

Al was a humble man of gentle humor who personified the best qualities of his generation, the Greatest Generation. He served his country in the Second World War as a Merchant Marine radio operator on Liberty ships, and during the Korean War he was the Air Force port doctor in the Philippine capital of Manila. Upon his return home to the United States, he resumed his civilian medical career specializing in anesthesiology and eventually established a 30-year practice at Roger Williams General Hospital in Providence, RI, retiring in 1985. He attended Harvard University and graduated from Boston University School of Medicine.

Cars, particularly sports cars, were one of Al’s passions, as was flying his two-seater Cessna high wing. In addition, he had the knowledge and ability to build or repair anything, and no challenge was too big or too small. He also enjoyed tending to his small fruit orchard, especially his apple trees.

Al was a man of integrity, simple tastes, and modest trappings, and he will be greatly missed.

He is survived by Dorothy (Pilkanis) Apshaga, his wife of 70 years; his daughters Susan of Burrillville, Martha (Mark Deffe) of Hailey, ID, and Laura (Jess Deckard) of Bellevue, ID; his grand-daughter Anne Marie Deffe of Hailey, ID; his niece Judith Apshaga of North Fort Myers, FL; and cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was pre-deceased by his brother Bronislau Apshaga of Mattapoisett, MA, and nephew Bronislau Apshaga Jr, also of Mattapoisett.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Brown Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held at a later date

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