One of Bulloch County’s leading businessmen, Albert Roesel, died Monday at Ogeechee Area Hospice. He was 94.
Roesel and wife Rosalyn “Tappy” Roesel, who passed away in 2007, were well known on the civic scene in Statesboro, giving generously through effort and donation to several charities and causes.
“Albert Roesel was our version of John Wayne,” said long time friend Ric Mandes. “He walked the walk. He was a man of few words, and he always delivered.”
Roesel was born Aug. 12, 1917 in Augusta. He graduated from Georgia Technical University in 1938 with a degree in electrical engineering. In April 1941, he married his wife, and later joined the Army during WWII, obtaining captain’s rank and serving until 1946.
After returning Augusta to work as sales engineer for the Electrical Equipment Company, Roesel later moved to Savannah to worked with Electrical Machinery Company, of which he eventually became part owner.
Roesel and his family moved to Statesboro in 1956 to work with H.A. Sack Company, and later purchased the business. He also participated in founding other businesses, including Statesboro CATV (now Northland Cable TV).
Roesel was actively involved in the community, having been past director of the Statesboro Rotary Club; president of the Statesboro Bulloch County Chamber of Commerce; a member of the Georgia Southern Foundation Finance Committee; the Georgia Southern College President’s Advisory Council, and as past chairman of the Statesboro-Bulloch County Airport Committee.
He also served on the board of directors for Joseph’s Home for Boys.
He and Tappy were often involved in events and campaigns for United Way, A Day for Southern fund drive, the Statesboro Teen challenge program, and New Beginnings for Children.
For his community involvement, Roesel was honored as the 1986 Business Leader of the Year; awarded the Deen Day Smith Service to Mankind Award in 1989, and the Deen Day Smith Lifetime Achievement Award in 1991.
He was also honored with the Rotary Citizen of the Year award in 2000. In his lifetime he gave many gallons of blood to the American Red Cross and was an active leader and member of Saint Matthew Catholic Church.
Roesel is survived by seven children, 16 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.
Visitation for Roesel is Friday, Feb. 10 from 4 to 6 p.m. at St. Matthew Catholic Church. Funeral services will follow with Father Brett Brannen officiating. A private family interment will be held Saturday.
Memorial contributions be made to Ogeechee Area Hospice, P.O. Box 531, Statesboro, Ga. 30459 or to St. Joseph’s Home for Boys, 3400 Cypress Lake Road, Statesboro Ga. 30458, per family request.
Mandes said Roesel left Statesboro better for having been a part of the community.
“Never did I see this man when he did not have a smile and a warm handshake,” he said.
Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.