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Albert Kadela

Albert S. "Torch" Kadela

Monday, December 5th, 1955 - Friday, November 6th, 2020
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Obituary

COHOES Albert S. Kadela, 64, of St. Agnes Highway passed away peacefully Friday,November 6, 2020 at his residence after a courageous battle with Pancreatic Cancer. Born in Troy, he was the son of the late Stephan and Mildred Kadela.

Albert always showed an interest in sports. He starred in tennis, soccer and volleyball at Shaker High School and later at HVCC. He was commonly known by his nickname “Torch.” Torch was a unique man who’s playful spirit, deep thinking brain, attention to the subtle energy of instructing and highly sensitive soul will be felt by everyone.

He became a well-known fitness instructor and trainer in the Capital District and Glens Falls area. His passion as a personal trainer inspired and touched the lives of so many. He started his fitness career back in the early 80’s when he opened up his first studio in Albany, New York,“Torch’s Fitness Scene.” Torch was an amazing group fitness instructor and earned elite status while working alongside world class trainers from Les Mills. His motivation, encouragement and sense of humor had a positive impact on all who were fortunate to know him and be a part of his fitness journey.

Albert could be described as an outdoor enthusiast who spent many weekends with his best friend Kelly. You could find Torch and Kelly hitting the slopes in the wintertime, kayaking and paddle boarding in the summer. Torch especially enjoyed Disc Golf and played many of the courses in the capital region and beyond. Torch lived by the motto, “One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure!”

Albert is survived by his two brothers, Anthony J. Kadela of Cohoes and Thaddeus Kadela(Tina) of Austin, TX and by his best friend, Kelly Livingston of Albany.

A funeral service will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Fitzgerald Funeral Home, 105 Vliet Blvd., Cohoes. Interment will follow in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Waterford.

Relatives and friends may visit at the funeral home from 10-11 a.m. prior to the service. Masks will be required and social distancing regulations will be observed.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Life Path of Albany, 28 Colvin Ave., Albany, NY12206 or the Community Hospice Foundation, 310 S. Manning Blvd., Albany, NY 12208
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, November 11th, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    When
    Wednesday, November 11th, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
    Location
    Fitzgerald Funeral Home
    Address
    105 Vliet Blvd.
    COHOES, NY 12047
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  • Service

    Wednesday, November 11th, 2020 | 11:00am
    When
    Wednesday, November 11th, 2020 11:00am
    Location
    Fitzgerald Funeral Home
    Address
    105 Vliet Blvd.
    COHOES, NY 12047
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Officiant
    Rev. Donald Bourgeois
  • Interment

    Location
    St. Michael's Cemetery
    Address
    94 Middletown Road
    WATERFORD, NY 12188
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Thad Kadela

Posted at 07:07pm
First off, I want to thank all of the friends and family who attended today's memorial as well as all of those sharing memories on-line on this site and others. My brother and I appreciate the support and sympathy, and all of the new stories we have heard (and who doesn't have an Al/Torch story?!).

I was Al's youngest brother, which meant I was always the one to lose the snowball fights, or drop the pass he might have thrown in backyard football. One of the main memories I go back to about him was when he would have a soccer game at Shaker High and I would stop by after my practice. I helped out at the games by being a ball boy when the ball was kicked out of bounds. I remember one time in particular when I was cheered for helping out and Al said, "Yea, he's my brother", with a mix of pride and protection.

While he was the most athletic in the family, I remember when I shared with him that I was swimming a lot and doing these 1 mile races in Austin. In a moment of candor, he said of all of the sports he tried, swimming was the one he couldn't get. He said after a few practices, he quit trying out for the school team. I never acted on it, but I realized that I could have shown him a few drills to improve his swimming, and maybe open him up to yet another outdoor activity for him. I hemmed and hawed, and that window closed.

As his health slowly failed him, it was not easy to get him to talk about what was going to happen. However when I asked him last week about what he dreamt about, he said skiing. I realized what a great escape and comfort that must have been for someone increasingly becoming bed bound. I saw his last moments last Friday, but I know now that he was first in line at the ski lift on the biggest, sunniest and snowiest mountin you can dream of a few moments later.

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