Albert Asahel Aldrich
- March 2, 1929 - September 29, 2010
- Sugar Hill, New Hampshire
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We wish to thank you for your wonderful support as we adjust to living with Bert's memory instead of his presence. You have surrounded us with your love. You may enhance this tribute to Bert by adding your memories and photos.
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“Dear Brenda and Maxine,
The first time I met Bert was for a chimney fire at the inn. I was all apologetic for calling out the Sugar Hill...Read More »
1 of 20 | Posted by: Lon, Nancy, Mary Pearl, Adeling, Yani and Tad Henderson - NH
“i loved bert....fondley remember the vacations in new hampshire...truely will miss him and all of moms brothers and sisters that have passed...bert...Read More »
2 of 20 | Posted by: douglas bowen - st.augustine , FL
“What a darling picture and what a wonderful life story! One of service to so many others-his family, community and country.We shall miss him.
3 of 20 | Posted by: Harriet - Franconia
“We are so sorry for your loss. We drive up to the store regularly for the wonderful cheese, gifts and Sugar Hill's wonderful friendliness and...Read More »
4 of 20 | Posted by: linda - Stratham NH
“To Maxine, Brenda, Bob, Cliff and Steve
I was saddened to hear of Berts' passing...he was a very nice man to talk to, and a great neighbor to have...Read More »
5 of 20 | Posted by: Alicia Hunt - Littleton, NH
“Maxine and Family
My heartfelt condolences to you and the famiy. AJs' mom.
6 of 20 | Posted by: Althea Ledzian
“May the Lord Bless and comfort all of Bert's great family.
7 of 20 | Posted by: Nel Lamar - Miami,Fl
“Dear Aunt Maxine and Family, I am so sorry to hear about Uncle Bert. What a wonderful man. I have many memories of visiting you in Sugar Hill. I...Read More »
8 of 20 | Posted by: Leslie Burnett Dearborn, Michigan
“Dear Steve and Nancy,
I am thinking and praying for you all and your father. God Bless all of you. My deepest sympathy to you and your family and...Read More »
9 of 20 | Posted by: Roxanne Gentes - Vermont
“Dear Steve & Nancy,
So sorry for your lost. Our prays are with you.
Jerry & Kathy
10 of 20 | Posted by: Jerry & Kathy Tostenson
“What a great dad and husband! I loved reading the obituary. I can tell he will be missed by many. I am sorry for your loss.
11 of 20 | Posted by: Carolyn Handy - Putney, VT
“Rest in Peace my friend. I will always remember our good times and we had many. You are already missed so much and I am so ...Read More »
12 of 20 | Posted by: Deb - Lyman , NH
“I mostly am at a loss for words. I am sure that with time, the pain will fade and only glorious memories will remain. Mom, I want to let you know...Read More »
13 of 20 | Posted by: Bob Aldrich East Berne, NY, 12059
“Dear Brenda and Maxine:
A truly grand and kind man. It is a huge loss to you, Sugar Hill, and all of us who were privileged to know him. I had...Read More »
14 of 20 | Posted by: Alida Bryant - Manchester, MA
“All our love to Aunt Maxine and cousins Brenda, Bob, Cliff, Steve and their families. I loved my Uncle Bert and am so glad to have had the...Read More »
15 of 20 | Posted by: Linda Aldrich
“Dear Maxine,I am the daughter of William Carr, the son of Shirley and Lawrence(Larry)Carr, (who's mother was Eva Stella Aldrich).
I am so sorry to...Read More »
16 of 20 | Posted by: Candace Lee Carr Elkton, Maryland
“Nancy & Steve: You and your family in in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. May the memories you cherish in your heart of your...Read More »
17 of 20 | Posted by: Matthew Collins - Attleboro, MA
“Dear Maxine, Brenda and Family:
Sharon and I are so sorry to hear of Bert's passing. We are so blessed that we made that first trip to Sugar Hill...Read More »
18 of 20 | Posted by: Lovell and Sharon Aldrich
“Sorry to hear about your loss. I pray that God will minister to you and your family. In Christ our Eternal Hope!!
Love and prayers, Ruth
19 of 20 | Posted by: Ruth Aldrich - Northfield, MN
“We extend our prayers and sympathy to all of you. Bert was a nice many and he will be missed.
20 of 20 | Posted by: The Coyle Family - Sugar Hill
SUGAR HILL - Albert Asahel “Bert” Aldrich died on September 29, 2010.
Bert was born March 2, 1929 in the Littleton, NH hospital; the son of Harold Clifton and Edith (Ginn) Aldrich of Sugar Hill.
He was a 1947 graduate of Franconia’s Dow Academy. After graduation, he joined the Air Force, serving in Korea before being discharged as a Staff Sergeant in 1954. He married Maxine Gray of South Royalton, Vermont on July 31, 1955 (She was a summer waitress at Sugar Hill's Hotel Lookoff (later called Tree Top Lodge). Bert worked as a helicopter mechanic for Sikorsky Aircraft in Bridgeport, Connecticut before returning to his hometown of Sugar Hill in 1956 to live and raise his family in the Aldrich family home (built by his own Dad). He worked as a pressman for Harrison Publishing House (formerly in Sugar Hill and now in Littleton) for 38 years before retiring in 1994. He was an active member of the town of Sugar Hill and was Fire Chief of the Sugar Volunteer Fire Department from 1959 to 1972 and continued as a member of the Fire Department. After his retirement; Bert with his brother, Harold, and his best friend, Joe Lange took on the project of restoring Sugar Hill’s No.2 Fire truck, a 1939 Ford Farm Truck. This truck was Bert’s joy and his pleasure to display on the lawn of the Sugar Hill Museum and to drive the truck in local parades, especially for Old Home Day in Franconia.
Bert & Maxine purchased Harman’s Cheese & Country Store in 1981 and he was an active part of the business until his death. He kept busy in his retirement with lawn care, snowplowing, and gardening. He was a devoted Red Sox Fan and before admission to the hospital had to know the score of the previous night’s game that he was unable to view. He was a member of the International Order of Odd Fellows and a loyal Grange member. Together, Bert and Maxine were the ultimate grandparents; looking forward to spending as much time as possible with their grandsons.
He is survived by his wife, Maxine Aldrich. Daughter, Brenda A. Aldrich of Sugar Hill. Son, William Robert Aldrich and his wife, Patty of East Berne, NY along with Leanne & Heather and their families. Son, Clifton Aldrich and Pauline and Jamie of Sugar Hill. Son, Steven Aldrich, wife, Nancy and Victoria of Lee, NH. 5 grandsons: Nick Aldrich (son of William Robert) is at the State University of New York in Buffalo. Logan, Jake, Will, and Thomas Aldrich (sons of Steven) of Lee, NH. Two brothers, Harold Aldrich and his wife, Edith of Sugar Hill and Richard Aldrich of Manchester, NH. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and and a host of friends.
A Celebration of Bert’s Life was held at the Sugar Hill Meetinghouse on Octobert 5, 2010. A Firemen’s Procession carried Albert’s Casket on Sugar Hill’s #2 Fire Truck from the Sugar Hill Fire House to the Meetinghouse for the memorial and afterwards to the Sunnyside Cemetery for graveside services. The Sugar Hill Fire Department provided the Honor Guard and Fire Departments from Bethlehem, Franconia, and Lisbon joined the processions. Bert's dog, Molly, was invited to be in the firetruck for Bert's last trip. The US Air Force provided military honors at the close of the graveside services. Under LIFE IMAGES, you can vind a video of the Fireman's procession.
In lieu of flowers, the family would like Bert to be remembered with donations to the Sugar Hill Fire Department. PO Box 574 Sugar Hill, NH 03586.
Funeral Services were entrusted to Keller & Pillsbury Funeral Homes of Littleton, NH.