Living his best life: 89-year-old Friendship Village resident still working at Jewel

Why don't cannibals like clowns? Because they taste funny.

Such is the goofy wit of Jewel Osco's oldest, longest tenured, and, in all likelihood, most beloved crew member.

Allan (Big Al) Dalgleish, a resident of Friendship Village senior living community in Schaumburg, has worked at Jewel in Arlington Heights for more than 37 years since his first official retirement. Formerly a print broker, Dalgleish found retirement boring, so he took a part-time job at the deli counter at Jewel. At almost 90, the energetic man continues to work 20 hours per week.

"It keeps me busy. I like to joke around with the customers, and I try to help make their shopping fun," he said, adding, "I have customers now who were kids when I started there and are now adults."

When not at work, Dalgleish is busy at Friendship Village, which he's called home for 10 years.

"I work out, fish, and play Wii bowling. I like our annual Silver Games competition. I usually win 6-8 medals," he said.

"Al is clearly living his best life here at Friendship Village, enjoying all the programs and amenities without the burdens and responsibilities of homeownership," said Carla Smith, director of Lifestyles. "He's a good friend and great role model to many!"

Friendship Village is a leading Life Plan retirement community offering independent living garden homes and apartment homes, as well as assisted living, memory support, skilled nursing care and short-term rehabilitation services. For 45 years, Friendship Village has been providing Chicago area seniors with exceptional retirement living options. For information, call (847) 884-5110 or visit

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