ST. ALBANS — Allen William “Smiley” Church left his family and friends peacefully on Thursday, June 19, 2014, with his loving family at his side.
Born in St. Albans on Oct. 17, 1924, he was the son of the late Lynn Stanley and Olive (Abare) Church. Allen was 89 years old.
Smiley was always singing and laughing. He was known for all of his hard work and he always took pride in all that he did. He worked for the former Central Vermont Railroad, Vermont Gas, City of St. Albans and for Lareau Plumbing and Heating. He was also caretaker for many years at Mount Calvary Cemetery. He was a former member of the Eagles Club, Aerie – No 1205 and a life member of Loyal Order of Moose, Lodge 1090.
He enjoyed ice fishing, playing cards with family and friends, was known by many as “Mr Fix It” and his greatest pleasure was spending time with his family, whom he loved dearly.
Survivors include his seven children, Gloria Sweet and husband, Robert, of Sheldon, June White and fiancé, Julian Laroche, of St. Albans, Almon Church and his companion, Brenda Marcoux, of Berkshire, Jacqueline Richer and husband, Charles, of Colchester, Debra Davidson and husband, Michael, of Groton, Vt., Kip Church and his wife, Lyn, of Cassville, Mo., and Madonna Sparks and husband, Doyle, of Cassville, Mo. He is also survived by 20 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren and eight great great-grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews. Smiley is also survived by two sisters-in-law, Mildred and Helen Church both of St. Albans and two very special people, Kathy Robtoy and Michael Clapper.
Smiley now joins his family on the other side, his parents; his wife, Leoma Rose (Bluto) Church who passed away in December of 1962; two grandsons, David and Daniel Sweet and one great-grandson, Joseph Sweet; his three brothers, Herbert Church and his wife, Jenny, Howard and Arnold Church; his sister, Frances “Peggy” Burnor and her husband, Durwood, and two special friends, Beatrice Clapper and Janet Poquette.
His family is forever grateful to the entire staff at St. Albans Healthcare & Rehab Center for their loving care and heartwarming support, it will never be forgotten. Also we wish to thank Franklin County Home Health for providing hospice care during his final days.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend calling hours on Wednesday, June 25, 2014, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Heald Funeral Home, 87 South Main Street, St. Albans.
A funeral service will be held on Thursday June 26 at 11 a.m. in the Heald Chapel with the Reverend Maurice J. Roy officiating.
Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Alzheimer’s Association., Vermont Chapter, 300 Cornerstone Drive, Suite 128, Williston, Vermont 05495. Messages of condolence to the Church family are welcome at www.healdfuneralhome.com.