Albert Arthur Flory Sr.
Barton, Vt. — Albert A. Flory Sr., formerly of Newport, Vt., a resident of Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton, Vt., died at Fletcher Allen Medical Center in Burlington, Vt., on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013. He was born on March 13, 1920, in Fair Haven, Vt.
Al was a 1938 graduate of Fair Haven High School. He attended Norwich University earning a bachelor’s of science degree in electrical engineering in 1942. While attending Norwich, he developed interests in horses, serving as captain of the riding team and being a member of the Calvary. He was known as “Zeke” to his friends at Norwich.
Upon graduation, commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army, he served his country in the Signal Corps during World War II in England, France and Germany between 1943-1946. Prior to being shipped to the European Theatre, he met and married 2nd Lt. Esther Flory, RN, in New Orleans, La. They both served overseas.
Upon returning to the U.S. after the war, Al became a captain in the Vermont Army Reserves. From 1946-1953, he was employed as manager of the Electrical Division of the Vermont Marble Co. in Proctor, Vt. He also served as a volunteer fireman in the town of Proctor.
Moving to Newport, Vt., in 1953, Al became district manager for Citizens Utilities Electrical Division. For 33 years, he served his company and community with energy and dedication.
During his long tenure at Citizens, his local and state contributions included serving as president of Newport’s Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club. He served as a member of North Country Hospital’s board of directors and as president of the Newport Country Club. Beyond his local community, he served as state president of the Vermont Electrical Association and president of the Northeastern Development Association. Most recently, he served as a volunteer of the Radiology Department at North Country Hospital before moving to Maple Lane Nursing Home.
A true Vermonter, Al’s love of the Northeast Kingdom was equaled by his love of golf and his enjoyment of skiing. His involvement with skiing led to his leadership in the modernization of the distribution of electricity to the Jay Peak ski area. He was actively involved with the Jay Peak ski racing and ski instructor programs. He spent many weekends at Jay Peak skiing with family and friends.
Hunting, fishing and driving the back roads of Vermont were also favorite pastimes for Al. Upon retirement in 1986, Al and Esther enjoyed visiting family and vacationing in Florida.
Al is predeceased by his parents, William and Melvina Flory, his sister, Loraine Thompson, his brother, Joseph Flory, and by his beloved wife, Esther Marie Flory.
He leaves four children, Ann Marie Flory of Simpsonville, S.C., Haidee Flory of Westminster, Colo., Sally Field of Telluride, Colo., and Al Flory Jr. of Etna, N.H.
Grandchildren include Lauren M. Wygant, of Del Rio, Texas, Aaron Surprenant, of Golden, Colo., Alex Zarrouk, of Westminster, Colo., and Elizabeth and John Flory, of Etna, N.H.
Some of Al’s favorite sayings were, “It’s a great life,” and, “It’s not how much you know but what you do with it that counts.” Remembering his words, may God grant him eternal peace.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport, Vt., on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, at 10 a.m. There will be no calling hours. A reception for family and friends will take place after the service at the East Side Restaurant.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Vermont Chapter of the American Heart Association, 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston, Vt. 05495. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com. Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, locally family owned and operated.