Albert Joseph Kramer
April 27, 1938-Aug. 14, 2017
Palo Alto, California
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Albert (Al) Kramer passed away peacefully in his sleep on August 14, 2017 in Palo Alto, CA. Al Kramer was born in Menominee, Michigan in 1938, and raised in Marinette, Wisconsin, but Palo Alto, California became his home. A die-hard liberal and Bay Area sports fan, he read the San Francisco Chronicle and New York Times daily. For the past several years you could find him discussing politics and sports with his coffee guys in downtown Palo Alto every morning.
Al Kramer moved to Palo Alto in 1965, and started working for the City of Palo Alto as its City Designer. During his time as designer, he worked on the sets, lights and playbills for most major plays at the Lucie Stern Community Center until the early 1970s. He also was involved in the opening of the Palo Alto Cultural Center in 1971. Al Kramer was there when TheatreWorks started and was who Greg Brown reported to when needing supplies for his iconic murals around Palo Alto. In the mid-seventies he became Scenic Designer for the Children's Theater.
After earning a master's degree in scenic design in 1977, Al Kramer changed careers and became an architectural designer. He worked closely with Tom Hisata, Richard Elmore and Steve Pierce among others designing houses and remodels in and around Palo Alto. He believed fantastic designs could be attainable for the everyman and helped many people affordably create their dream homes.
Kramer, as friends and family knew him, was a famous figure in Palo Alto, known in so many circles as an intelligent, kind, humorous and gentle man who was always willing to help his friends.
Above all, he was a family man. He leaves behind his sister, Barbara Kramer and brother, Michael Kramer. He had three beautiful children in his first marriage: Suzanne, Tricia, and Dan. He was a proud Grandpa to Loretha, Daniel Junior and Nathan. In 1984 he met his third and best wife, Jacquie. Their lives were blessed in 1990 with the birth of a son Thomas (Tommy). Three brothers: Joseph, Dan and Steve and both his sweet son, Tommy and grandson, DeeJay preceded him in death. He will be greatly missed.