Albert P. Larrieu
The San Francisco Chronicle 2/23/2008 - 2/24/2008.
Albert P. Larrieu "Cousin
Al," "Cowboy Al" August 2, 1917 - February 13, 2008 One
of the last stand-up guys died on February 13, 2007. A second generation
San Franciscan and life-long "Old Butcher Town" resident of
the city he considered Paradise, Al Larrieu died in his sleep after a
short battle with cancer. His beloved daughter Linda and son-in-law Bill
were with him. When told he had terminal cancer, he replied, "Well,
a book only has so many pages."
The book that was Al's life held many interesting and fascinating chapters.
When he closed the chapter on one part of his life, he'd turn the page
and move on to the next chapter. Always athletic, he was raised in a baseball
family. The baseball chapter began early but intensified after his graduation
from Mission High.
Al spent several years playing baseball in the Pacific Coast League. As
a third-baseman he signed a couple of contracts and ranged across the
country playing ball. After being charged $2.00 for a broken bat during
a game in St. Louis, he decided the sport was "too rich for my blood"
and hitch-hiked home to San Francisco.
The next chapter was the War Years. He went into the U.S. Army in 1941,
assigned to Company E of the 184th Infantry. As a soldier in the Pacific,
he earned a Purple Heart and a Silver Star. In 1946 after returning home
from war, The Cop Chapter began when he joined the San Francisco Police
Department. He retired as a sergeant in 1976, after 30 years of duty.
The Retirement Chapter allowed him to indulge his life-long love of horses
and the west. He bought horses and cattle. He honed his riding and roping
skills. He became a cowboy and an accomplished horseman.
In his 80s, Al worked the bull chutes at the Grand National Rodeo. He
was also a published cowboy poet. He was a long-time member of many clubs,
including The San Francisco Horseman's Association, Los Viajeros Riding
Club, Eagles Aerie #3265, and The Knives and Forks. In his last months,
Al received excellent care from Hospice by the Bay, especially from his
nurse, Susan Martin.
At Al's request, there will be no services. His and his son's ashes will
be scattered in the ocean off San Francisco. Donations to Hospice by the
Bay in Al's name will be welcome.
Al was preceded in death by his parents, his brother John, and his son
Allen. He is survived by his daughter Linda and her husband Bill, of San
Admired and respected by all who knew him, he was a tough guy to the end.