Alfred O’RourkeJanuary 04,2013
MARSHFIELD — Alfred “Mickey” O’Rourke, of Marshfield and formerly of Lyndonville, passed away Sunday evening, Dec. 30, 2012, at Central Vermont Medical Center with his wife, Betty, and son Michael by his side, at the age of 77.
He was born in North Orange, Mass., on March 7, 1935, the son of Alfred J. and Hazel (Bacon) O’Rourke Sr. Upon graduation from Grafton High School in 1954, he enlisted in the Navy and served during the Korean conflict.
Mickey founded Lyndonville Office Equipment (LOE) in 1961, a business that he grew to five stores. It was being a salesman he valued most, and satisfying his many customers.
Upon semi-retirement in 1985, he took up the game of golf and loved the game for its competition. He and Betty were former members at St. Johnsbury Country Club.
Mickey also loved sugaring and woodworking and was a diehard Red Sox fan.
Over the years, Mickey and Betty enjoyed many vacations with their friends, Lionel and Marilyn Lanier. In 1995, Mickey suffered a stroke, at which time his son Steven and daughter-in-law Chris took over LOE and later purchased the store, which is now known as WB Mason.
During his later years, his little Maltese poodle Kelly was his constant companion and loyal friend.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Betty (Root) O’Rourke; three children: Michael O’Rourke and Holly Barrett, of Marshfield, Steven O’Rourke and wife Christine, of Lyndonville, Teresa Hunter and husband Arthur, of Wheelock; 10 grandchildren: Michael’s children Tonya (Daniel) Hamilton, Kimberly (Patrick) McLaughlin, Brooklyn and Brittany, Steven’s two children Dana and Jeremy, Teresa’s children Steven, Johnathan, Patrick and Kathleen; two great-grandchildren: William and Emma Hamilton; five sisters: Shirley (Ernie) Del Donne, of Deerfield Beach, Fla., Beverly (Maurice) Courville, of Charlton, Mass., Maxine Evans, of Sutton, Mass., Judy (Richard) Gilpin, of Millbury, Mass., and Deborah (Robert) Baldelli, of Sterling, Mass.; in-laws Walter Dodge, of Waterford, Robert (Joyce) Root, of Waterford, Glen Root, of Flagler, Fla., Gloria Randall, of Bradford, Arthur Hesseltine, of Tempe, Ariz.; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Thelma Marsden.
Mickey’s family would like to give special thanks to Donna Edmonds Fontana for the wonderful care she gave to him through Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice.
Graveside services with military honors will be held in the spring in Randolph on Friday, May 10, at 1 p.m. at the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery. There will be no visiting hours.
Memorial contributions could be directed to either: St. Johnsbury Country Club (marked for the “Youth Program”), P.O. Box 116, St. Johnsbury, VT 05819; or to Macedonia Baptist Church, 7868 U.S. Route 2, P.O. Box 124, Plainfield, VT 05667.
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