Albert E. Babb, age 89 of Jensen Beach, entered Heaven August 4, 2021 at Treasure Coast Hospice House, White City, from Prostate cancer. His wife of 64 years, Joan Babb, predeceased him April 19, 2016 from leukemia, and his daughter Frances Babb-Farineau, January 7, 2019, from pancreatic cancer.
Born and raised in Taylorville, Illinois, he delivered newspapers for his future wife at age five. They were in the same 4th grade and dated in high school. Once Al joined the Navy during the Korean War, serving on the SS Butner, he married Joan four days after Christian during some shore leave time. After graduating Milliken University in Accounting, he worked in banks, then began working in 1963 for Milnot Company in Litchfield, Ill., raised the girls, developed a good slice with his driver, and made lasting friendships. In 1976, the company had been sold and the principals moved him to Stuart, Florida. His dream of living on the ocean was going to come true. In the 1980’s, he was accounting manager of the Outrigger Restaurant, owned by legend Frances Langford. Because of his honesty, great sense of humor, and accuracy, his responsibilities continued with the Langford Foundation.
He did not speak his faith as much as he lived it. Ask anyone who knew him, he was humble, confident, kind, and gentle. Raccoons and squirrels would eat out of his hand. A homing pigeon found refuge with him on Hutchinson Island. He volunteered at Martin Health. He took flying lessons and bought his own plane that he kept at Witham Field. Al loved playing golf, swimming, surf fishing, teasing people, reading popular adventure mysteries, and rooting for his girls in their endeav- ors. He resided at Harbor Place the past four years, continuing to build many more friendships.