The Brother Martin community mourns the loss of Mr. Albert “Al” E. Briede III. Mr. Briede was a graduate of St. Aloysius and a recipient of the 1982 Senator J. Ellender Alumnus of the Year Award. He passed away on Friday, December 23, 2016 at the age of 94. Mr. Briede was the owner and director of the McMahon-Coburn-Briede Funeral Home. His career in funeral services spanned more than six decades and he was recognized for his work by several organizations including the New Orleans and Louisiana Funeral Directors Associations.
Mr. Briede was also a well known civic and Catholic leader in the New Orleans community. He was the past president of the New Orleans Limousine Service, Inc. and also a recipient of the Order of St. Louis. He was inducted into the Greater New Orleans Baseball Hall of Fame and was one of the founding members and past president of the New Orleans Track Club. Since 1967, Mr. Briede had sponsored the Al Briede Gold Cup Race, the fourth oldest road race in New Orleans. On Thanksgiving Day 2008, he celebrated by participating in his 50th consecutive Turkey Day Race.
Services will be held at St. Francis Xavier Church on Tuesday, December 27 at noon. A private interment will follow at Metairie Cemetery. Visitation will be at St. Francis Xavier Church on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until noon.