Alfred Gregory Card, age 76, of Fort Myers Beach, died peacefully on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at the VA Medical Center in Bay Pines, Florida after a long illness.
He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Linda (Winans) Card; his sister Bea (Sam) Raneri; his brother Ronnie (Martha) Card; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews and many friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Alfred Gregory Card, Sr. and his mother, Annie Mae (Wheeler) Wade.
Al was born April 9, 1943 in Wake County, North Carolina. He grew up in tobacco country and loved the outdoors. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps at age 17 and was proud of his service.
Al did not follow a straight pathway through life. He moved to Oklahoma, worked as a cowboy and had many adventures on the ranch, then returned to North Carolina and worked in sales and carpentry.
After relocating to Arlington, Virginia, Al met the love of his life, Linda. Following their marriage in 1977 they moved to Missouri to start a new life together. Al loved the Ozarks, he developed life-long friendships, canoed the rivers and worked as a carpenter and woodworker.
Tired of the winters, Al and Linda sold everything, bought a sailboat in Florida and moved aboard. Al worked at beach resorts doing maintenance while he learned about sailing. After a cruise to the Bahamas, Al and Linda set sail for Mexico in 2004. They docked in Guatemala and traveled throughout Central America by bus. Al had a passion for history and a keen curiosity about ancient cultures and visited many Mayan ruins, climbing stone pyramids and touring museums.
Al and Linda moved back to Fort Myers Beach in 2016 due to his declining health. Living in a 35-foot RV, they traveled along the east coast and back to the Ozarks to revisit friends. Al was grateful for the medical care he received through the VA.
Al enjoyed a full life, well-lived, replete with adventures and many loving relationships. Throughout his life, Al cared most about experiencing the world, and was never materialistic. He was not ready to go, but he was content with all he had experienced.
Al will be remembered at a Celebration of Life on Sunday, July 14, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. at Gulf Air RV Resort. All are invited to share their memories and bid him bon voyage. Memorial donations may be made to The Wounded Warrior Project.