Columbia Drycleaning Machines
Alphonse “Al” G. Lage, former owner of Columbia Drycleaning Inc. in West Babylon, NY, died
May 24. He was 87.
A U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War, he founded
Columbia in the 1980s. Under his leadership, the company
introduced the roto disc spin filter, the automatic still clean-
out “bipot,” the “ground guard” spillage pan, the fifth-
generation Turbo Dri machine and the first closed-loop
He was also active in his community and in 2012 was
presented the Man of the Year award by the Merrick, NY,
Chamber of Commerce.
Carmela, his wife of more the 60 years, received the
Chamber’s Woman of the Year award in 1995. The couple
was active in United Cerebral Palsy of Nassau County and
served on its board. The not-for-profit health agency serves
more than 1,800 children and adults with cerebral palsy,
developmental and other disabilities.
Lage was also a founding member of the Merrick’s annual fall festival.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, John, a daughter, Michelle,
and a great-grandson.
Military honors preceded a funeral Mass at Sacred Heart Church in Merrick.
Memorial donations to United Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau County Inc.,
Washington Ave., Roosevelt, NY 11575-1899 are appreciated.