In Memory: Richard M. Maurer

After 24 years as Director of Marketing & International Sales with The Noble Company, Richard Maurer moved to the position of Outside Consultant for the company in July. He passed away peacefully on October 30, 2018.

Richard M. Maurer 76, of Grand Haven, Michigan passed away peacefully on Tuesday October 30, 2018.

Richard was born January 30, 1942 in Burbank California. He graduated from UCLA in 1964 with a B.S. in Finance and has over 40 years of sales and marketing management experience between Dow Chemical Company and the Noble Company.

Richard was a veteran if the United States Army serving his country during the Vietnam War, earning a Purple Heart.

Richard is survived by his children a son, Michael Maurer of Grand Haven, daughter Vernice Branch of San Diego, California, along with her husband, Stephen Branch; grandchildren Tyrus and Cole, his sister Judy (Don) Sterner of San Clemente, California; nephew Mark (Dawn) Sterner of Aptos; nephew, Orian Stener; grand-niece Xena.

Richard was an amazing human being, an incredible father, wonderful grandfather, thoughtful uncle, loving brother and great friend to all who knew him. A Celebration of Life Gathering with a luncheon was held on Monday, November 19th at St. Patrick- St. Anthony Catholic Church from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. with Military Honors being bestowed at 1:15 p.m. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be directed to The Wounded Warrior Project, Catholic Charities of West Michigan or Hospice of North Ottawa Community.

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In memory: Alexander Peter Tarr, CSI, CDT, March 9, 1941- October 15,2018

Al Tarr


Born in South Bend, Indiana, Al attended Purdue University after graduating from high school. While in college he enlisted and served in the United States Air Force from 1960-64.  After completing his service, he moved to Arizona.

Al found his passion in the construction specification industry with MAPEI Corporation for tile and flooring installations.  Al could spice up the presentation of products with clever and entertaining ways that you’d never forget. For instance, once Al wore a giant chef’s hat to talk about the chemistry in grout!

Al worked at MAPEI from the mid-80s to 2000, after which he took the specifying reins and marched all over the USA with Noble Company as Western Region Architectural Manager. He spent nine years there until his retirement to his longtime Scottsdale residence.

The CSI board, with Al Tarr (center right) in 1996-97.












The Construction Specification Institute (CSI) was big part of his life, and Al was the life of the party at annual conferences and conventions.  He always stayed to the last at the events and was a great host.  He welcomed many new members, and served a stint as President of the Phoenix Chapter. He was consistently available there to lend a hand, or at least an opinion.



Al Tarr as the Lone Ranger in 2007

Al Tarr “cutting up” with Pamela Jackson circa 1996-97.













Al was feisty to the end but passed away peacefully on October 15, 2018 with many friends having visited in the last days.

Al is survived by his sister, Judith (Tarr) Mattei and her husband Frank, nephew Russel Mattei, grandniece Ashley, niece Deborah Kolber and grandnephews Kolby and Kory, as well as many cousins and lifelong friends.

Al wishes to spend eternity in his favorite beautiful place in Sedona, so his ashes will be spread at West Fork at a later date.

Al Tarr, 2017

A memorial reception will be held on Tuesday, November 6th from 3:00-6:00 at The Reference Library, 99 E Virginia Ave., #140, Phoenix, AZ  85004. Please RSVP to:  602-258-7499. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to: Funeral Home Angels Cremation & Burial 422 W McClellan, Mesa AZ  85201, to help offset funeral expenses. Contact: Pamela Jackson at [email protected].

In addition, Pamela is collecting stories and photos for a presentation to be made at the reception. Please send photos and stories to her at the email above.