2013-03-14 / Obituaries

Aldis Calvin Trombley, 88, Antique Clock Expert

Aldis Calvin Trombley, 88, died Thursday evening, March 7, 2013 at Fletcher Allen Healthcare in Burlington, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Montpelier on September 23, 1924, the youngest son of Roy and Lida (Bedell) Trombley. He attended school in Montpelier and Northfield Falls.

A World War II veteran, Aldis served in the United States Army with the 88th Division, 350th Infantry Regiment. As an 88th “Blue Devil”, he fought in northern Africa and throughout Italy, culminating in the liberation of Rome.

He married his childhood sweetheart, Lourena Reed Pike, on February 17, 1947 in Northfield Falls. They made their home and started their family in Northfield Falls. In 1960, they moved to Water Street in Northfield and enjoyed 52 years in their home until the flood in August 2011. They celebrated 66 years of marriage in February.

Aldis worked over 30 years as a polisher in the granite industry in the Barre-Montpelier area, retiring in 1987. During those 30 years, he was quite proud of many notable monuments he polished to perfection. One in particular, was Louis Armstrong’s monument. After retirement, he worked an additional 21 years at the Northfield Savings Bank in Northfield.

Aldis enjoyed collecting, tinkering, and repairing antique time pieces. Throughout his life, he was an avid hunter and fisherman. He made many trips with family and friends to northern Quebec, Canada to fish Lac du Cerf. He enjoyed playing card games; cribbage was his favorite. As a true family man, Aldis relished the time spent with his wife, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. With Lourena, Aldis provided a strong family foundation. He was proud of the bonds among his children.

Survivors include his beloved wife, Lourena of Northfield; 5 children: Dale Trombley and his wife, Nancy of Montpelier; Susan Greemore and her husband, David of Alexandria, VA; David Trombley of Cabot; Pamela Demasi and her fiance, Bill O’Briant of LaPorte, TX; Lori Trombley Arnold and her husband, Bryan of South Burlington; his brother, Leroy Trombley of Satsuma, Florida; 12 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his father, mother, and brother, Clayton.

Calling hours will be held Tuesday, March 12th from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Kingston Funeral Home, 35 Slate Avenue in Northfield. A memorial service with military honors will be conducted Wednesday, March 13th at 11 a.m. at the United Methodist Church on Main Street in Northfield. Donations may be made in his memory to the Mayo Healthcare Activity Fund, 71 Richardson St., Northfield, VT 05663.

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