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Anthony Noret

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Anthony Noret Obituary
Anthony Scoff Tony Noret of Allston Avenue passed away in a local nursing home on April 10, 2018. He was of Lithuanian stock. Born in Springfield, MA on August 18, 1916, to Anna M (Novak) and Charles Noret. He was predeceased by his wife Alvera Rebecchi Noret. Tony grew up and remained a lifelong resident in the Deadline Gang area of West Spring- Anthony was a very devoted husband to his wife of 64 years and took loving care of her as she slowly developed severe dementia. Anthonys lifelong interest was Polish music, and he played it on his accordion and organ. He was an avid videographer and had a great interest in railroading. In later years he had a great interest in health and nutrition. Anthony was predeceased by all his sisters: Alice Silk, Anne Regan, Donna Bula, Pauline Burns and Ruth Sullivan; and by all his brothers: Charles, William and Robert. He is survived by his son Ronald, significant other Alba Padilla; grandson Charles and his wife Cindy, granddaughter Carol Noret and great grandchildren Allea, Avery, Alexis and Jadon Woodard. He is also survived by his sister in-laws Elanor Noret, Judy Noret; brother in-law Buddy Sullivan, close associate Robert Forbes and niece Pamela and husband Mike Oakes. Anthony was also predeceased by his two daughter in laws-Jane Gordon and Anne Whitney Norsworthy. He leaves many nieces and nephews. During the early depression years, teenage Tony and friends would hop aboard freight trains pulling out of West Springfield Yard and ride to Chester, MA or Albany, NY and back; sometimes sleeping overnight on the ground. During one summer, Tony hopped a freight train and planned to travel to California. He managed to avoid many perils before getting to the California desert. In the middle of the night the train stopped in the desert, and railroad police armed with shotguns made everyone get off the train. He then headed to Spokane, WA; became home sick, hopped freight trains and rode the blind in passenger trains to get back home. Tony was a self-taught man; he learned to use the acetylene torch, electric arc welder and metal lathe. During the depression years, he earned his living as a torch man scrapping iron and copper, and worked on the demolition of the old steel Birchembend Bridge in Indian Orchard, MA. He contracted with Springfield Street Railway to remove trolley tracks from the North End Bridge and devised a novel fixture using the acetylene torch to efficiently cut the tracks. He worked at the Indian Motorcycle Company in Springfield using his torch skills to silver solder motor cycle sub-assemblies. He worked at the H.L. Handy Meat packing plant in Springfield in the maintenance department. A catastrophic failure occurred in a critical refrigerant line threating the loss of product. Tony formed a team to design, fabricate and electric arc weld a replacement part to fix the failure and save the product. Tony formed two businesses: Eastern Pipe Company and General Salvage Company. He was the ultimate recycler. He manufactured all welded tee shaped clothes line poles using steel pipe and tubing salvaged from industrial boiler and powerhouse demolitions. He designed and built special machinery to descale and cut recycled boiler tubing for use in clothesline pole manufacturing. He worked with local scrap dealers in Hartford and Springfield to secure contracts with Connecticut Light and Power Company to cut up and demolish many of their huge outmoded steel telescoping coal gas storage tanks. He developed specially modified propane torches for his work. Other notable demolition projects included US Envelope Corp. Power House in Springfield, International Silver Corp. Power House in Meriden, CT; a trolley bridge in Palmer and many paper mills in the local area. He was a tinkerer up until his last days, always thinking about making tools out of coat hangers and cardboard. The family would like to thank the staff at Professional Medical Services and Heritage Hall West for the care and support given to Anthony, as they called him. The funeral will be held at the West Springfield Curran-Jones Funeral Home Saturday at noon. Visiting hours will be held prior to the service Saturday from 11:00am-noon. For more information please visit curranjones.com.
Published in The Boxborough Beacon from Apr. 24 to May 3, 2018
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