Alden's life journey took him from birth at Salem Hospital, to graduation from Salem High School, to earning a degree in plastics engineering from Lowell Tech, to serving three years in the Army, to 30 successful years as a plastics engineer at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, to 24 years of retirement. A long sentence for his long journey!
Alden was the only child of Olga Anderson Bratt and Axel Sven Bratt, both from Sweden. Alden married Berneen Mallard in 1972, and together they had three children, Jamieson Alden Bratt, Jennifer Susan Bratt, and Benjiman Bernard Bratt. His three grandchildren gave him strength and comfort and joy in his last years -- twins, Starla and Kilian, age 6, and baby Luna, age 3.
Alden was a lifelong golf addict. He served as President of Portsmouth Country Club and played in the Thursday League. Alden loved to travel and was never happier than when driving and camping in his conversion van with Berneen to nearly all the National Parks and National Monuments across the US and Canada. Alden also owned various sailboats and powerboats, and survived a few watercraft mishaps. Music was another lifelong passion of Alden's. He played trombone and bass in a group called Sentimental Journey, and was adept at the impromptu creation of new lyrics to old standards while singing.
Alden had many friends who will sorely miss his exuberance for life, and many extended family members. He lived with cancer for more than five years, but never endured the stereotypical "courageous battle" with the enemy; no pain, no illness, always upbeat. He will never be truly gone because his memories live on and his genes live on in his children and grandchildren. For as John Donne emphatically proclaimed in 1609, "Death, be not proud... nor yet canst thou kill me!"
Those who knew Alden are invited to a Remembrance Gathering to honor his life, at Portsmouth Country Club, on Saturday, December 16, from 1 to 4 p.m. It is hoped that many participants will share a prayer, poem, Bible verse, hymn, grievance advice, or an uplifting story from association with Al Bratt.
Published on  December 4, 2017