Robert P. Lord Sr.August 06,2014
SOUTH BARRE — Robert P. Lord Sr., 82, of Miller Road Extension, died Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, at the Woodridge Nursing Home in Berlin.
Born on Jan. 28, 1932, in Barre, he was the son of Bernal E. and Alice (Cameron) Lord. He attended the East Barre Elementary School and graduated from Spaulding High School in Barre in 1951. He went on to graduate in 1953 from Burdette College in Boston with a degree in business administration.
Bob first worked for the United States government in the Soil Conservation Service. From 1953 to 1955, he served in the United States Army as an instructor at Fort Benning in Georgia, in Sound Ranging School.
On June 9, 1956, Bob married Shirley Ann Bowen in Randolph. Following their marriage, they made their home in East Barre before moving to South Barre in 1976. He took pleasure in traveling with his wife, Shirley, and camping and boating at their camp on Greenwood Lake. She died on Sept. 2, 2004.
He went into partnership with his father and brother from 1956 to 1964 in the B.E. Lord and Sons business in East Barre, doing commercial and residential excavation work and asphalt paving. In 1964, Bob joined Kelley Construction Inc. starting as a laborer and working his way up to management, including sales, estimating, expediting and supervision.
In 1970, Bob founded E.F. Wall & Associates Inc. with two partners, E. Frank Wall and Robert Lamphere, and became its president in 1983. The company has become one of Vermont’s largest and most respected construction companies. In 1994, Bob retired and proudly passed the business on to his sons.
Bob was affiliated with the East Barre Congregational Church. Other affiliations or memberships included the East Barre Hose Company, which is now the Barre Town Fire Department; the Associated General Contractors of Vermont, where he served as president and vice president; the Barre Area Development Corp.; the Central Vermont Economic Development Corp.; the Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce, where he had served as a director and officer; the Vermont National Bank; the board of directors of the Washington County Railroad; and the Barre Lions Club. He also served two three-year terms as Vermont state chairman of the Employers in Support of the National Guard and Reserves, and served on the advisory boards of Vermont Technical College, Spaulding High School Vocational Center, and Oxbow High School Vocational Center. He was chairman of the Vermont Construction Training Council and a director of the Northern New England Chapter of Metal Building Dealers Association.
In recognition of his many contributions in support of Vermont’s economic growth and vitality, Bob was named Vermont’s Small Business Person of the Year in 1986 and in 2003 received the Richard A. Snelling Economic Development Award. Bob was very involved in his community and dedicated numerous hours to many organizations and was a 1991 Barre Service Club honoree.
Survivors include his children, Robert Lord Jr. and his wife, Kim, of Barre Town, Nelson Lord and his wife, Lisa, of Groton, Kevin Lord and his wife, Donna, and Ann Beland and her husband, Dave, all of East Barre; eight grandchildren, Michele, Greg, Kyle, Desiree, Diane, Keith, Ryan and Colin; six great-grandchildren; his sister, Patricia Lawson, and her husband, Arnold, of East Barre; and a sister-in-law, Beverly Lord, of Montpelier; nieces, nephews and cousins.
Besides his wife, Shirley Lord, he was predeceased by his daughter, Robin Lynn Lord, and his brother, Richard Lord.
The celebration of Bob’s life will be held on Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, at 11 a.m. in the East Barre Congregational Church. Interment will take place in the Wilson Cemetery in Websterville. Family and friends may call at the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy St., Barre, on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m.
Contributions in his memory may be made to the Robin Lynn Lord Scholarship Fund, c/o Deb Kerin, Northfield Savings Bank, 289 N. Main St., Barre, VT 05641 or the National Life Cancer Center, CVMC, P.O. Box 547, Barre, VT 05641.
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