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June 26, 2014

Al Movsesian was a man in motion

As the wheels turned, so did Albert S. Movsesian, headed directly toward anyone who needed a lift.

As head honcho of Northern Essex Elder Transport, he made it a point to drive the infirm and incapacitated to their medical appointments in Boston.

Rain. Cold. Snow. It isn’t matter. Weather was no obstacle for Al, who drove into his 80s. Nor was distance. He’d pick you up at your home, offer you encouragement during the trip, spring for coffee and a doughnut, then return you safe and sound.

Over 22 years with NEET, he chauffeured countless patients throughout our community to the tune of 25,000 miles — all volunteer, of course.

“You can thank my mother for this,” he once told me. “She always maintained that the best way to improve the world was to start with the individual. She was big on public service.”

Al passed on May 25 at the Merrimack Valley Hospice House on a day that coincided with his wife’s birthday and the eve of Memorial Day, which he always observed as a proud veteran of World War II.

He served with the Army Air Corps as a radar technician before graduating from Boston University on the GI Bill and working 38 years for Liberty Mutual.

Of the many organizations to which he belonged, no greater priority was NEET, which once operated in our city, reaching out to 14 communities throughout the North Shore. For many, it became the transportation of last resort.

His biggest compensation was the gratitude he received for the ride. Except for gas money, Al didn’t receive a cent. He never missed an appointment. What’s more, in the 70 years he had been driving, never did he receive a traffic violation.

Once, he got pulled over for traveling a little too fast. A trooper approached his vehicle, asked for a license and registration, and went back to process a ticket — only to renege.

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