Alfred James Stead – Duluth News Tribune

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Alfred Stead of Duluth, MN. died on October 29, 2022 from complications of prostate cancer. He was 71 years old.

Al was born in Boise, ID. and raised in Hoyt Lakes, MN. He attended UMD and earned a degree in biology. He was employed by the DM&IR/CN railways for over 36 years.

He married Ann Bruen in 1980 and began an adventurous life.

His passion was sled dogs and maintaining the maneuverability of the Siberian Husky. He has spent over 30 years raising and racing his dogs with his wife, Annie. Their kennel, Northome on Windhill, is known the world over.

After he stopped racing dogs, he built sailboats – many sailboats – some of which won prestigious awards.

If he wanted to go faster in a canoe, he built a better, lighter paddle; when we wore out our old house, he built a new one. He was a “can do” type of type.

He is survived by his fiercely independent, opinionated and loving wife, Annie; son Christopher Slocum (Cori McDermott): brother Mick (Stevie) Stead and sister Patricia Adams as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind Karl, his beloved, sometimes painful cat, who for the past 17 years and through Al’s health problems, was his best friend.

There will be a gathering of friends and family in May 2023.

Memorials are preferred at ACS Hope Lodge in Rochester, MN or at St. Luke’s Hospice in Duluth, MN.

Al lived each day as if it were his last – a good lesson for all of us.

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