William C. LamoreyMay 22,2013
William C. Lamorey
William C. Lamorey
BARRE TOWN — Our dad, William Curtis Lamorey, known to many by his nickname, Curt, passed away at the age of 99, peacefully at the Vermont Respite House in Williston early Sunday morning, May 19, 2013; family were present at his passing. Dad had before been at his home on East Hill in Barre until May 10.
Dad was born Jan. 6, 1914, in Barre, the son of Alfred and Norah. He attended Lincoln School and Spaulding High School in Barre, graduating in 1931; a popular guy, the class yearbook makes for interesting reading. He then attended Dartmouth College, graduating in 1935. The making of Dad was his junior year spent in France at the Sorbonne — we are fortunate to have a massive scrapbook of his time there in pre-war Europe. He completed his studies with a master’s from Columbia University in 1940.
Dad’s career developed from his abilities as a linguist. From the multitude of anecdotes he would regale us with, we understand he spent time in Africa with the OSS, the free-French forces and the oil industry. He officially joined Texaco in 1942 and served in several parts of West Africa. Later he started their business in Casablanca, Morocco, where in 1947 he met his wife, our mother, a fine lady from “la belle France.” Our early years were spent there until Dad’s first posting to the United Kingdom in 1955-6. Then a couple of years around New York until Dad’s posting back to the U.K. in 1958. A Vermonter and fiercely independent, Dad hated the New York office scene — if he told us once he told us a hundred times, overseas the boss was a couple of weeks away, the time it took for the mail to go back and forth. Based in London, Dad handled marine sales, visiting ship owners in many parts of the world and, very often, speaking their language rather than English. Dad would take time off (weeks) when he could to improve his language skills, for example attending the Goethe Institut and the Instituto Mangold. He formed close and lasting friendships with many in his international sales team in several countries.
Retirement from the oil industry brought Dad back to Vermont where he built his dream home on East Hill. But that wasn’t the end of his career. He then joined the Economic Development Agency, using his international business experience to bring business to Vermont.
Dad loved to read and would read in English, French, Spanish and German, reading in French as often as he would in English. He loved travel, good food and good wine; he was spoiled by our mother, a wonderful French cook. He also loved gardening, which he had started in the U.K.; back in Vermont, he kept a vegetable garden well into his 90s.
He is survived by his two children, son Dan and his wife, Irene, and daughter Laura and her life partner, Graham; five grandchildren, Karen and her husband, Scot, Helen, Mark and his wife, Jessica, Kristi and her husband, Lionel, and Danielle; and seven great-grandchildren, Max, Julia, Greta, Matthew, Zachary, Penelope and Ramsay; also a sister-in-law, Ethel; and nieces and nephews. He led an epic life and was surrounded by love. We will all miss him greatly.
As with Mom last year, the people at Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice were exceptional in caring for Dad at home before his move to the Vermont Respite House.
His life will be celebrated and honored on Saturday, May 25, 2013, at noon in the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy St., Barre. Interment will follow at the Hope Cemetery.
There are no calling hours.
Memorial contributions may be made to Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641.
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