NORFOLK -- The longtime owner and operator of Doumar’s Cones and Barbecue restaurant on Monticello Avenue, 92-year-old Albert George Doumar, died Wednesday after a bout with bladder cancer, family members told 13News Now.
Doumar was born in Norfolk in 1922, graduated from Maury High School in 1940 and William and Mary in 1943. Doumar also graduated from Officer Candidate School at Columbia University and was commissioned a U.S. Navy Officer in 1943.
He began work in the early 1930s delivering ice cream cones downtown for the family business.
Dozens of admirers and patrons took to the restaurant's Facebook page Wednesday to express their condolences and share memories of a man that did more than just serve-up ice cream.
"SO sorry to hear of Mr. Doumar's passing. He was always the consummate host, and a great delight to talk with, plus the master of the cone-making machine. We are all so much the better for having known him," said Daniel Horne.
Others say its the memories made at the iconic eatery that they'll cherish forever.
"...We ate there a lot while I was growing up, and no one makes a limeaid like yours," noted Jehan Shevailer. "Thank you Big Al, RIP."
His son Thad says his hard-working dad had one request before he died: "He said 'close only one day, the day of the funeral and just keep everything rolling.'"
Funeral services are expected to be held Monday.