Allan James Pulsifer

February 17, 1951 ~ February 28, 2020

Allan James Pulsifer (known as Al or AJ), of Easton, MA and formally of Winthrop, MA, passed away on Friday February 28, 2020 at the age of 69, while on vacation in Vero Beach, FL. Predeceased by his parents George and Margaret and brother Robert, he is survived by his wife Faye Miller, children Rachael and Zack, brothers Peter and Dave, and many loving extended family and friends. Al had a long and successful career in medical sales and marketing, the end of which he spent looking forward to his retirement. AJ spent the past year sitting by the pool, woodworking in the garage, and doing very little else; exactly as he planned. In lieu of flowers, AJ’s family suggests that you make a donation to the charity of your choice.

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Condolence

Bob De Leon

March 2, 2020, 5:14 pm

Al was an amazing, committed, hardworking, collegial colleague whose imprint on our corporation will not soon be forgotten. On behalf of the U.S. sales organization here at Smiths Medical, our sincere condolences on your loss.

Michael Rossi

March 2, 2020, 6:44 pm

Al inspired me and countless others throughout his many years at Smiths Medical. As a Sales Trainer …. he imposed so much wisdom on so many whom he came in contact with. Stories partially gained from his years in sales, sales management, marketing, sales trainer, and from his personal life experiences. To the later – “Sell The Salad” comes to mind …. a story drawn from his childhood days at his dad’s grocery store. I’m sure this story and many other Al-isms can be recalled by so many … and will be replayed in our hearts, minds, and when teaching others while using them.

A paragraph or two or more will not be enough to recall all that I will keep with me …. things I learned from Al. Each day though should end in a timely manner by getting the job at hand done and then taking time to enjoy life …. and to preserve another Al-ism, long live PDT!

Dan & Denise Dutson

March 2, 2020, 7:42 pm

Faye, Rachael & Zach
What an awesome guy…. From working with him each day to Level 1 golf league he will be missed.
We are so very sorry for your loss.

Sincerely,
Dan & Denise Dutson

Pete Pulsifer

March 2, 2020, 9:03 pm

“He ain’t heavy; he’s my brother.” Of the four brothers the middle two are left. Being the youngest AJ always said he had four mothers….true. But he got away with things the rest of just dreamed about.

He followed the middle two into the medical business and made a good living and saw the world and hopefully made a difference for the better. Besides a great sense of humor and a great story teller with appropriate accents, he had a hidden talent…..at least from me. Who knew his hand carvings were of such quality?

He enjoyed a fun time and each year he and Zack would join me tailgating at the New England Patriots games. He did, however, have another talent. He had a knack or affinity for the propane heater in our tent during cold days tailgating. Although warned (mothered) about not getting too close he did. He burned a design in ski pants not once but on two separate occasions. He did NOT appreciate the ” we told you so!”

RIP AJ,

Brother Pete

Daniel A Maybruck

March 2, 2020, 10:40 pm

Al,AJ,loved life to the fullest..as Al would say…Laterally speaking ,a phrase which one he used as a polite way of changing the subject and telling you his views…I love that phrase and will use it often.I had the pleasure and honor to know Al through his dear friend Gary..I only knew Al for a couple of years, but he was a friend who recieved a hug when I said goodbye to him..We all will miss your great smile .God Bless

Jack Sprince

March 3, 2020, 2:59 am

I met AJ in the first grade at the Shirley Street School in Winthrop. He was my best man in 1978. We would go to each other’s house for lunch once a week in grade school. It was always a treat getting a handful of penny candy at Pulsifer’s Market. We lost touch as we became somewhat responsible adults with our own families but I remember all the times and adventures we shared back in the day. Rest In Peace my old friend.

Jack Sprince

March 3, 2020, 3:10 am

I met AJ in the first grade at the Shirley Street School in Winthrop. He was my best man in 1978. Over the years we lost touch as we became somewhat responsible adults with families of our own. I have so many fond memories of the times and adventures we shared over the years. Rest In Peace my old friend…

judy dodson

March 3, 2020, 4:48 am

Al was my encyclopedia as he taught and supported me with his vast knowledge of medical supplies. The stories will stay with me forever as I have likewise shared over the years ‘you have to make the salad’. Al could always be counted on for a story, and for certain a great laugh. We are blessed to have had Al as our friend and mentor, our sincere condolences are with your family at this time of loss.

Neetal Savant

March 3, 2020, 7:56 am

I am extremely sorry to hear about the loss.

Al has definitely left an indelible impact on the Global family across countries at Smiths Medical.
Please accept our deepest condolences from Smiths team at Australia and New Zealand

RIP Al,

– Neetal and Smiths Medical Australasia

Jack Sprince

March 3, 2020, 8:48 am

I met AJ in the first grade at the Shirley Street School in Winthrop and he was my best man in 1978. We lost touch as we became somewhat responsible adults with families of our own. I have so many great memories of the many times and many adventures with him. Rest In Peace my old friend

Jack Sprince

March 3, 2020, 2:43 pm

I met AJ in the first grade at the Shirley Street School in Winthrop and he was my best man in 1978. We lost touch as we became “real adults” with families and careers of our own. I have great memories of the many times and many adventures with him. Rest In Peace my old friend

Scott Shea

March 3, 2020, 3:16 pm

Having had the pleasure of working (sometimes getting in trouble) together with Al at Level 1 or spending time with him at The Oktoberfest in Munich, there was never a moment without great laughter! He was an early mentor to me and great friend. I am a better man for having had Al in my life! I know he is smiling down at us!

Scott

George Woodward

March 3, 2020, 3:24 pm

Al was one of the nicest, kindest men I have ever worked with. I never, ever heard him say a mean word about a colleague. We traveled together a bit and I always enjoyed being on the road with Al. He made difficult trips pleasurable and easy trips a blast.
My thoughts are with his family, I know he will be missed by all.

Trevor Matthews

March 3, 2020, 8:04 pm

I am but an Ant amongst the huge global colony of people that either knew Al, worked with him or was a recipient of his vast knowledge. Personally, we shared many happy times together, usually in a hotel bar somewhere, frequently putting the world to rights over a nice cool beer during a training meeting or conference. Al was a character that nobody could emulate, a passionate teacher, a trainer of immense quality and an inspiration to so many. He will be sadly missed by those close to him and this world is now minus one of the ‘great guys’.
I can visualise him now floating on a cloud, whilst relaxing in one of those Adirondack chairs with a cool beer and smoke and if so . . . that must be heaven.
Rest well my friend.

Markus Jesinghausen

March 4, 2020, 4:05 pm

I would like to express my condolences.
For a long time yesterday evening my wife Kirsten and talked about Al … Al visited me in my house and got to know Kirsten and my children.
In addition to the tears, I also thought of many happy hours with Al … especially the visit to the Oktoberfest … he was happy and spoke so many people and you could feel his great empathy for other people and also the sympathy for himself from people there.
I got to know Al during my first trip to the USA for Smiths Medical. We were in Arizona on a meeting … he tried so hard for me and made it so easy for me to get into Level 1 family.
I valued his personality and his extraordinary knowledge of hypothermia … he was a high level professional – here in Germany we discussed with chief physicians and were very successful thanks to his support.
His given presentations to the team were always a high light … Cowboy boots and his buckling belt buckle are still in everyone’s memory … he kidnapped us for a moment in the wonderful USA.

Al, take care my friend and comrade – goodbye and take care of yourself where you are now.
I told Wolfgang about your death, he was very concerned and he asked me to include him in my letter

Mach`s gut Al, vielen Dank für alles – Auf wiedersehen.

Markus

Dana

March 7, 2020, 11:26 pm

I love you. I miss you. I mean it. Dana Spencer

Tom Manos

March 8, 2020, 3:44 pm

I had the honor…and pleasure…of working with Al as we built the global sales and marketing function at Smiths Medical. He was a key player on our team and within the organization as a subject matter expert in all things critical care (temperature management, respiratory and anesthesia). True to his character, he was actively engaged and involved in projects beyond the scope of his position. He expanded his capabilities by playing the leading role in launching a global sales process in ten languages and, in this capacity, Al and I traveled to many countries together (including India and China). He was extremely well-liked and successful wherever we went. I enjoyed our 1:1s, which were often spent at The Rustic Kitchen (while it was opened), Not Your Average Joe’s, 99 or even the sub shop around the corner from his office in Rockland, and was always impressed by his ability to get a lot accomplished and keep the mood light. I will always remember sharing a Kingfisher beer with him in Mumbai as we trained the entire India commercial organization over a weeks long program.

He always spoke proudly of Rachel (as she had just moved to NY) and Zack and (as a father) he helped put things in perspective for me – for this I will always be grateful.

Faye – he spoke lovingly of you during our interactions when we would talk about our spouses.

Stephen Covey said that we should all start with the end in mind and take into consideration our legacy when planning our lives. One question he posed in his book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, was what would your colleagues say about you when celebrating your life? In other words, what will your work legacy be? Al “Sell the Salad” Pulsifer left an indelible impression upon me and I am glad to have had the opportunity to work with him and to count him among my friends. I love you Al.

Brock Mowery

March 9, 2020, 2:03 am

To one of the great people that I have met in my career. I really enjoyed my conversations with Al on sales, but more importantly the real life stories that he told that showed he sure did live life to the fullest. Rest In Peace buddy- thank you for the wisdom you have provided me for my career.

Lucia Kreutner

March 9, 2020, 8:08 am

Mr. Hypothermia has far too soon left this place but I am sure that Al will entertain a lot of people where ever he is now. Open minded great character who never gave up his own style and personality. I am glad that I had the chance to know Al.
Al you are missed by a lot ! Take Care – Lucia

Ulli Renger

March 10, 2020, 12:57 pm

I had the great honor to be with Al on his last trip abroad as trainer for Smiths Medical, which was in Dubai in November 2018.
On our last day it was only him and me left, since everybody else already left to go back home.
Al’s flight was not until 7am the next morning and my flight was not until 2am. So we had to book an additional night at our hotel but had free time from about 4pm onwards, which we decided to spend at the roof top pool area. We had a couple of beers, enjoyed the sun and jumped into the pool from time to time to cool down. Somehow our conversation turned into talking doing cannonballs. I taught Al the German word for cannonball and asked him when was the last time he did one. Al said that this must have been a long time ago. So I asked him, why don’t we do a simultaneous cannonball into the pool right now. Everybody who knows Al, knows that he jumped out of his sun bed immediately, we counted down from 3 and did a simultaneous cannonball into the pool. We would have scored a 10.0 in a tournament for sure. We laughed about our cannonball for the rest of this evening and I am just thankful to got to spend such an amazing moment with Al.
He was still so young for his age on one hand but shared so much wisdom with everyone around him!
With Al the world lost a great character and a wonderful person!
Rest in peace my friend!

Poonam Virdi

March 11, 2020, 10:23 pm

I have such fond memories of Al during my time at Smiths Medical. I had moved from the U.K. to Boston to do a marketing role, working alongside Al.
He was warm and welcoming. A great teacher with a wealth of knowledge. I loved his sense of humour and his philosophical nature. We had a lot of laughs and was honoured to have worked with him.

My condolences go out to his family during this difficult time. I shall miss him though I know he lives fondly in our hearts.

Rachael Pulsifer

March 14, 2020, 4:21 am

Thank you all for sharing such kind words and wonderful memories of my dad. It’s wonderful to hear, especially those of you who worked with him, as that’s a side we didn’t always get to see. I’m familiar with many of the stories above from both colleagues and friends, because he told them too. Much love to you all in return.

paul s koumanelis

February 24, 2021, 8:25 pm

i just heard of my junior high/high school friend’s passing. needless to say, i am a bit shocked. aj, jack sprince, and i had a veritable “blast” in junior high, being friends and sharing. you will be missed my friend. rest.

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