F. Allen Weisenfluh, formerly of Cohasset, Mass., passed away Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, at the age of 79, after a long struggle with complications from Parkinsons disease. He was born an only child to his parents Frederick and Olive Weisenfluh in Ridgway, Pa., Aug. 17, 1934. He was known to everyone simply as Al or more commonly Fluh. He graduated from Ridgway High School in 1952 and matriculated at Northwestern University. He was drafted into the United States Army in December 1952. He served as a combat paratrooper in the 101st Airborne Division, known as The Screaming Eagles. Upon returning from the Korean War, he entered the Pennsylvania State University where he served as President of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. At Penn State he met his first wife, Barbara. They were married a week after he graduated, June 20, 1959, on the Penn State campus in University Park. After a honeymoon on Nantucket he and Barbara ultimately moved to the Boston area and settled in Cohasset where they raised their three children. Al began his career at Corning & Co. and then joined investment firm Coffin & Burr in Boston as a municipal bond analyst. He later joined John Nuveen & Co. as a bond trader and State Street Bank & Trust as a portfolio manager. In 1970 he joined what was then known as the Bond & Corporate Finance Department of the John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company. He was widely known for his dedication to his craft of fixed income portfolio management, spending thirty-nine years in the industry. He will be fondly remembered for his passion for boating in New England and alpine skiing at Attitash, N.H. He also enjoyed antique cars and Dalmatians. His favorite car was his red 1948 MG TC and through the years his boats typically carried the name, Saucy Fox. He was a member of the Cohasset Golf Club, the Cohasset Yacht Club, The New York Yacht Club and The St. Andrews Club of Delray Beach. He served as Commodore of the Cohasset Yacht Club, as President of the Municipal Bond Club of Boston, as Trustee of The Sandy Beach Association, as trustee of The Cohasset Savings Bank, as President of The South Shore Art Center, as vice president of The St. Andrews Club and on the Board of Directors of the South Shore Music Circus. He was elected and served as Assessor of the Town of Cohasset. He was well known in his role as Santa Claus at the Village Fair every Christmas on Cohasset Common. He was predeceased by his parents and by his wife Barbara. He is survived by his devoted second wife, Susan Neer Weisenfluh of Delray Beach and Scituate, Mass.; his daughter, Pamela Lessard and son-in-law Kevin Lessard of Woodstock, Vt .; son, Kurt and daughter-in-law Maura of Orinda, Calif.; son, Bart and daughter-in-law Heather of Falmouth, Maine; and his grandchildren, Taylor, Curtis, Matt, Owen, Kurt Jr., Finn, Zoe and Rowan. The family expresses their deep gratitude to Fluhs devoted caregiver, Jackie Paraison, and to all his caregivers from Hospice of Palm Beach County. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Jan. 18, 2014, at the Second Congregational Church, Cohasset, Mass. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Scituate Animal Shelter, 780 Chief Justice Cushing Highway, Scituate, MA 02066.
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Published in The Patriot Ledger on Jan. 3, 2014