Albert H. Corliss, attorney, writer, fisherman, carpenter and Boston sports enthusiast, died on April 19, 2019 after a brief illness in Fort Meyers Beach, Fla. He was 76.
“Albie” particularly loved the Red Sox and the Patriots, and also followed the fortunes of the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team, along with all Boston College sports.
He was born and raised in Abington, the son of the late John L. and Helen A. (Demenkow) Corliss.
Albie never lost touch with his Abington roots, classmates and friends. He was the senior class president and co-captain of the Abington High School football team and could be heard cheering on the “Green Wave” whenever he returned to the sidelines for Thanksgiving Day games. Albert was a graduate of the University of Massachusetts and the Armstrong College School of Law in Berkeley, Calif.
He was extremely proud of his Russian and American Indian heritage and maintained close contact with New England’s tribal groups. He promoted and embraced tribal traditions, including the effort in Provincetown and Truro to restore the traditional seine and weir fishing methods of his native ancestors. Albie built several wilderness cabins and constructed new homes and additions, more as a challenging hobby than as an occupation.
He adorned his Maine cabin with “onion” architectural details on the rooftop as a tribute to his Russian heritage. During his many trips to Maine he was never without his best friend and travel companion, his beloved cat Puffer-Belly, who would maintain his seat on Albie’s shoulder for the entire trip.
Albert and his spouse, Maggie Trichon, lived seasonally in Provincetown from the late 1960s through the 1980s in the East End gallery district. In his younger years, Albert served as the formidable head of security at the Back Room Disco and Dance Bar at the Crown & Anchor.
Maggie was the founding principal of the Boston-based modeling agency Maggie Inc., which still operates from its original Newbury Street location. She and Albert maintained Boston and Brookline homes until retiring to Florida seven years ago after Maggie suffered significant medical challenges.
Along with his spouse and their cat, Coco, Albert is survived by his brother, Joseph Corliss, and many friends. He was predeceased by his brother Freddie Corliss.
A memorial celebration of Albert’s life will be scheduled at a date to be announced.