Albert Sparks

Albert Bailey Sparks

Tuesday, April 5th, 1927 - Saturday, June 20th, 2020
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Albert Bailey Sparks, the scion of the Malden, MA-based department store chain, Sparks Department Stores, passed away on June 20, 2020, at the age of 93. Mr. Sparks, along with his brother and long-term business partner George Sparks, expanded their mother and father’s dry good store to seven department stores located throughout New England. He and his family members were early pioneers in the discount department store world, and Sparks was a mainstay of Malden until its closing in 2014. The store was part of downtown Malden life for 94 years.

Albert was a devoted husband to his wife Myrna Ellen Sparks for over 65 years, who passed away in 2018. He is survived by his four daughters and son-in-laws, Lorri and Dr. George Kleiner, Joan and Richard Kessel, Debra and Douglas Stevens and Amy and Bill Kremer; in addition to grandchildren, Jeffrey and Brooke Kessel, Bradley and Rebecca Kessel, Rachel Moran and Mathew Moran, and great-grandson Noah Kessel.

Albert was born on April 5, 1927 in Malden to Rose and David Sparks. His father was an immigrant from the small village of Hoshcha, in Western Ukraine. Albert was the last survivor of his siblings May, George and Harold. He loved his siblings dearly.

Mr. Sparks always had a special place in his heart for downtown Malden. He was an active member of the Rotary, and in 2012, the Malden Chamber of Commerce awarded him the Lifetime Achievement Award for his decades of service to the City of Malden. He was also a 69-year Masonic member of the Converse Lodge in Melrose and received a 50-year veteran’s level award in 2000.

In 2017, he and his wife Myrna were honored for being members of Temple Emanu-El in Marblehead for 50 years.

Albert served in the Coast Guard during World War II, and later graduated Bates College in Lewiston, ME. He was an avid golfer and a former member of Kernwood Country Club in Salem and Boca West Country Club in Florida.

He was a man of principle and ethics, known for his kindness, generosity and love of family and friends. He was respected and loved by many, and his wife and four daughters were devoted to him.

His funeral will be private, however a public memorial service will be announced at a future date, post Covid-19 restrictions. Donations in his memory may be made to Temple Emanu-El in Marblehead, MA, at or Rotary Club of Malden’s Scholarship Fund at P.O. Box 625, Malden, MA 02148.
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    Lebanon Tifereth Israel Cemetery
    Route 128 North (between Exits 25 & 24)
    PEABODY, MA 01960
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Dawn Yenowskas

Posted at 08:56pm
He will always be close to our Hearts. So many great memories with our pal Al and Amy. We thank you for all of your kindness to us. With Love Dawn & Diane. Alav ha-shalom Mr. Albert.

Mugsie Bailey

Posted at 05:49pm
Dear Joan, Rich and Kessel Family,
Condolences in the loss of your Dad. He was a man rich in family life and in service to his country and his community.
I am thinking of all you wishing you brighter days ahead.
Mugsie Bailey

Harvey Vigasin

Posted at 12:24pm
Condolences to the family on the passing of Albert. My mother Lillian worked in the Malden store and have memories of her working there and visiting the store meeting Albert and the store that was popular fixture in Malden.
Harvey Vigasin

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