A native Virginian but also a Westerner at heart, Alfred Miller McCauley passed away Oct. 13, 2015 in Louisville, CO. Alf was born June 22, 1927 in Lynchburg, VA, the middle of Sam and Esther McCauleyâ€™s three children. He grew up in Bedford County, in a house known to the McCauley's as "Homewood", with brother Jim and sister Eleanor. Some of Alfâ€™s fondest memories included his father's general store and post office, and simple farm life. According to his mother, Alf's stubborn streak appeared early - a trait which he never really seemed to grow out of. He graduated high school from New London Academy, and went on to attend the Virginia Military Institute in 1944. After a brief stint in the Army, Alf received a degree in chemical engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute (now Virginia Tech). His academic talent impressed DuPont while still in school, which ultimately earned Alf a 38-year long career with the chemical company. His specialty was selling and setting explosives for mining and construction companies throughout the West. Despite this obvious expertise, fireworks were always forbidden in Alfâ€™s household. Moving around was part of the job, and Alf changed addresses 23 times before finding himself on a blind date in Casper, WY. After a courtship of undisclosed (but rumored short) length, the lovely 5â€™5â€ Mary Penwarden and the 6â€™4â€ Alf were wed May 29, 1960. Not long after, their two daughters Catherine and Carol were born in Lynchburg, Virginia. Moving was still part of the job, so the McCauleys relocated to Rapid City, South Dakota in 1971. It was there that they discovered their love of horses and the Black Hills. Another move with DuPont landed Alf and Mary in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1984 where they would spend the next 25 years watching their daughters start families of their own and enjoying the company of their grandchildren, Paige and McKenzie. One last move introduced Alf and Mary to the Rocky Mountains, where they enjoyed spending time with two more grandchildren, Gwyn and Neal. Alf will always be remembered as a true Virginia gentlemen and the steadfast rock of his family. He was as practical in his finances as he was a dreamer about ranch life, the latter which led him on many back road adventures. Other lifelong interests included antiques and horses. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Mary, daughter Catherine Hellbaum, son-in-law Bruce, granddaughters Paige and McKenzie, daughter Carol Keaty, son-in-law Jim, and twin grandchildren Gwyn and Neal. In memory of Alf, memorials can be given to the Salvation Army online at donate.salvationarmyusa.org; Holy Comforter Episcopal Church, 1700 W 10th Ave, Broomfield, CO 80020; or TRU Community Care (hospice) online at TruCare.org or by mail 2594 Trailridge Drive East, Lafayette, CO 80026.
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Published in Bedford Bulletin from Oct. 28 to Oct. 29, 2015