Gary Albrecht passes at age 86

April 4, 2019 GMT

Through all the scholarships Gary Albrecht has created and handed to recipients at Mead Hall and through the Aiken Rotary Club, his name will most be known as someone who helped those who walk on four legs.

Albrecht passed away on Sunday at the age of 86 after a brief battle with cancer.

Albrecht and his wife, Virginia, spent a great deal of their lives helping in the prevention of animal abuse and neglect. They spent years volunteering at animal shelters and it ultimately led to the funding and creation of the SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare.

Albrecht served on the Board of Directors, only recently stopping when his cancer spread. But he was known throughout his time in Aiken for participating in fundraisers, playing and reading books to his “buddies” (dogs) and sat on the couches with the cats to scratch an ear.

To the Albrecht Center staff, he was known to always bring doughnuts and pizza.

And to many kids around Aiken he was known for his generous contributions to their education. Albrecht and Virginia partnered with the Aiken Rotary Club to create Albrecht Educational Trust which provides scholarships to students who need financial assistance.

Albrecht was born in 1933 in Detroit and graduated from Wayne State University and worked in insurance. While living in Michigan, Albrecht volunteered his time to the United Way, the Boy Scouts and Little League.

Gary leaves behind his wife of 60 years, Virginia (Hersz) Albrecht; four daughters: Dawn Albrecht-Parys (Ron, pre-deceased), Gayle Loveland, Joy Albrecht, Anne Wilson (Jeffrey) and his son, Karl Albrecht (Kelley). Gary also leaves behind 12 beloved grandchildren and a sister Sharon Kellmeyer (Bob) and many, many friends. He is pre-deceased by his beloved “scoutmaster” father, Karl, mother Elizabeth (Balfour) and brother, Doug (Laurie).