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Obituary - Alfred T. LaTour, Sr.

Alfred T. LaTour, Sr.

Date of Passing: May 8th, 2011

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Donations may be made in Alfredís memory to Evelynís House, in care of the Family Nurturing Center at 209 Elizabeth St., Utica, NY 13501.

Alfred T. LaTour, Sr., 89, of Utica, died Sunday, May 8, 2011, at Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare Center, with his loving family by his side. Alfred was born in Bennington, VT., the son of Omer LaTour and Mildred Bates. He was educated in Shaftsbury and Bennington, VT. On January 12, 1943, in North Bennington, VT, he married Evelyn Myers, with whom he shared 50 years of marriage, until her death in 1993. Alfred and Evelyn raised nine children in Vermont and New York, where Alfred was a professional graphic arts photographer. In Vermont, Alfred was employed by Polygraphic and at one time operated his own business, Benn Litho. In Utica, he worked for many years for Vicks Lithograph and Printing. Alfred served as a First Sergeant in the US Army and was a veteran of World War II. Among Alfred's many affiliations in the community and with the Catholic Church, were the Utica Council #189 Knights of Columbus (its 4th degree assembly and was Faithful Navigator), the Malsan-Jones V.F.W. Post #7393, the American Legion Utica Post #229, the Craftsman's Club, the Altar Rosary Society and the Legion of Mary. He also was commissioned as a lay minister, served on the Bishop's Advisory Council and was a religious educator for St. Francis deSales and Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Churches in Utica. Alfred is survived by his sons and daughters, Alfred, Jr. and Annette LaTour of Pownal, VT, Frederick and Diane LaTour of Utica, Lawrence A. and Maryann LaTour of Liverpool, Christopher and Karen LaTour of Utica, Joseph and Margaret LaTour of Whitesboro, Richard and Judy LaTour of Rome and Scott LaTour, Donna LaTour Elefante and Evelyn and Frank Amerosa, all of Utica. He also leaves 24 grandchildren; 31 great grandchildren; and five great-great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife Evelyn and their son Arthur; also, Alfred's sisters, Beatrice Bump and Flora Winchell. Alfred will be remembered for his devotion to his faith and his family, for his generous spirit, infectious smile, unfailing sense of humor and uncommon wisdom. He entered a room with a pronounced bounce to his step and a beguiling twinkle in his eye. At the Knights of Columbus or the legion or in service to his church, he was a charismatic personality and a genuinely kind and compassionate gentleman. Mostly, Alfred was more than the life of the party, he was the party. He had a passion for golf and for many years crafted clubs for friends and family. Alfred was a devoted Catholic who spent countless hours reading scripture. He also was a constant presence at Our Lady of Lourdes, where he served as a lay minister. His love of children was evident at every family event, where he was surrounded by generations of LaTours in both the Utica area and Vermont. The family offers a special thank you to the staff on Westchester Household at the Masonic Care Community. The funeral will be Thursday at 8:45 am from the Bentz & Amodio Funeral Service, Inc., 470 French Rd, Utica/New Hartford and 9:30 am from Our Lady of Lourdes Church, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 5 to 8 pm. Alfred will be laid to rest at Center Shaftsbury Cemetery, Shaftsbury, VT on Friday at 12:00 pm.

Condolences:

Please accept my condolences to the LaTour family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Rosi Procopio

Donna and Freddy, your father was one of my favorite teachers. I have no comforting words at a time like this, but I do feel a sadness at a good man leaving us for the next life. My prayers are with you.
Edward Letourneau

Al was an extra-ordinary Christian who selflessly devoted himself to all who besot his time. I enjoyed working with him in the Legion of Mary as well as other parish concerns. He truly fulfilled God's purpose for him.
Jim Griffin

My love and prayers go out to you Donna
Heather Kowell

LaTour family - We are very sorry for your loss. Treasure all your wonderful memories. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
Ed & Tracy Bonacci

My condolences to the LaTour family. I am your old neighbor from Bennington, VT on Burgess Rd. I have never forgotten the family and often ask JoAnn Holden how Evelyn my bestest friend when we were kids is. The family is in my thoughts and prayers. Denise
Denise Therriault Taff

Larry my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this most difficult time.
Valerie Metzler

Larry: Having just gone through this a few short weeks ago, my heart goes out to you & yours. May you find peace in your memories and know that your friends and family are here for you.
Cindy Warringer

I am sending a heartfelt hug.... long distance to my dear friend Donna. May you find comfort in knowing how much you are truly and unconditionaly, loved by your father. Remember: Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists. Herein lies the peace of God. Much love to you are your family, Michele and Dave
Michele and Dave Tryon

Larry, I am sorry to hear about your father. Gina
Gina

Grandpa we love and miss you but realize you are in a better place with grandma...love you always and forever
Fred LaTour Jr