A proud, hard-working, and independent soul has left this life with the passing of Alfred William Pike Jr. (90 years) of Shelburne Falls, after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's.
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He was born in North Adams, MA on July 17, 1923 to Alfred and Alice (Kingsley) Pike Sr. Alfred was a graduate of Charlemont High School, a town which he retained fond memories of throughout his life. He played on his high school ball teams, loved skiing, and cars. Alfred served his country proudly in the U.S. Army during WWII. He was awarded a purple heart for shrapnel wounds incurred as his infantry regiment marched toward Paris, France.
Alfred met the love of his life, Gloria Hall, at a dance after the War and they were married on September 21,1947. They celebrated 66 years of marriage in September 2013. Alfred retired from New England Power Co. in 1985 after 38 years of service. He also drove school bus and worked at the local gas station to support his large family.
Alfred was a jack-of-all trades who built and maintained his home on North St. along with repairing all things mechanical. During his younger years he was a Boy Scout leader and coached his son Alan's Pony League baseball team. He played in the Shelburne Falls horseshoe league at Cricket Field, enjoyed snow machining, fishing, horse draws, walks in the woods with his pal Huey, and the numerous family get-togethers. After retirement, he and Gloria spent many enjoyable years touring the country with their travel trailer, visiting their children in Michigan, California and Alaska. They became snowbirds, spending winters in Zephyrhills, Florida.
Besides his wife Gloria, Alfred leaves behind a large, loving family. He is also survived by his sister, Hallie Strong, and his five daughters: Susan Farmer (Rob), Beth Pike (Jerry), Laurie Pike (Rick Williams), Patricia Anderson (Sam) and Lisa Leger (Randy). He leaves eleven grandchildren, Matt, Amy and Erin Farmer, Dana Williams, Chloe and Hallie Anderson, Alan and Kaydean Leger, Darryl, Sarah and Becky Pike. He also leaves nine great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
He was pre-decreased by his beloved son Alan Pike, sister Christine Brown, and best friend and cousin Ray Kingsley.
Memorial services for Alfred will be held at 11 a.m. on Dec 14th at Trinity Church 17 Severance St., Shelburne Falls.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Alfred's name to the Wounded Warrior Project, 370 7th Ave. NY, NY 10001 or Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society P.O. Box 6307, Springfield, MA 01101.
Smith- Kelleher Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To send a message of condolence, visit www.smithkelleherfuneralhome.com
Published in The Recorder on Dec. 9, 2013
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