ST ALBANS BAY—Dr. Alfred Gould Susslin of Hathaway Point Road, St. Albans Bay, and Kelly Sands Way, Fort Myers, Fla., passed away unexpectedly in Fort Myers on April 28.
Gould was born in Bridgeport, Conn., in 1927, the son of Dr. Emil and Helen (Gould) Susslin. Gould’s father passed away when he was seven years old. He and his mother returned to her native St. Albans where Gould graduated from BFA in 1945. He graduated from the University of Vermont in 1949. Gould then attended McGill Dental College in Montreal, graduating with high honors in 1953.
In 1951, Gould married Beverly June Denning. After a two year stint in which Gould served as an Air Force Dental Officer in El Paso, Texas, the couple returned to St. Albans, where Gould practiced dentistry for the next 34 years, selling his practice in 1993. Gould was a highly respected dentist, serving on both the Vermont Board of Dental Examiners and the Northeast Dental Examining Board. All the while, he never forgot his country roots, often performing dental work in exchange for barter.
Besides running a successful practice and assisting in the raising of seven children, Gould immersed himself in community improvement. His contributions to the community include helping found and presiding over the St Albans Bay Watershed Association and serving on the State of Vermont’s Citizens Advisory Committee on Lake Champlain’s Future. Gould had leading roles in the development of Hard’ack Recreation Area, the initiation of the St Albans Rotary ski bus program, and starting the Sap Run at the Maple Festival. One of Gould’s proudest accomplishments was helping found Bay Day, the local Fourth of July celebration. The Great Race Triathlon, held on Bay Day for the past 35 years (and counting!), was Gould’s brainchild.
Gould also served on the Board of Directors of the St Albans Chamber of Commerce and the Board of Directors of Franklin County Home Health. He participated in the first fund drive for the Northwestern Medical Center, was a member of the Franklin-Grand Isle United Way campaign and was Chairman of the Rotary Health Path at Collins-Perley Sports Center. In 1994, Gould was honored as Franklin County Citizen of the Year.
Gould loved athletics and the outdoors. He played varsity basketball at BFA and later pursued his passions for tennis, skiing, golf, hunting and boating. Gould and Bev raised their children on the Northern VT (VARA) ski racing circuit. He was a member of the Alpine Skiing officiating crew at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, where he also managed to snap a “money” photo of Mike Eruzione’s gold medal goal in men’s hockey.
Gould and Bev founded the Green Bay Classic tennis tournament (they promised to change the name if ever the bay were cleaned up!) and they hosted some of the matches at their camp in St Albans Bay. Gould and his boys enjoyed hunting in Bakersfield and wilderness canoe trips to places like Chibougamau, Quebec. Eventually, Gould and Bev moved from their High St. home in St Albans to Hathaway Point Road in St Albans Bay, replacing the camp with a house. From there, boat trips across Lake Champlain and to the St Lawrence River and seaway were an annual event.
The lure of the southern winter sun and warmth, along with many friends seeking the same, led Gould and Bev to seasonal residence in Fort Myers, Fla., where Gould enjoyed golf, tennis and his weekly breakfast bike group.
Gould is survived by his loving wife, Bev, and six children: Gayle Erdman (Doug Gardner) of Hinesburg, Brian Susslin (Dody) of Shelburne, Karen Glouchevitch (Nick) of Stowe, Andrew Susslin (Lisa) of St Albans, Jay Susslin (Tracy) of Reno, Nev., and Nana Boffa (Chris) of Charlotte. Gould was predeceased by his son Danny in 2004. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Taylor and Jenny Erdman, Emmet and Ian Susslin, Katy and Erik Glouchevitch, Meghan and Ryan Susslin, Rachel Butler, Allie Susslin and Danielle (Kenny) Jones, and Cole and Seth Boffa, and by his great-grandchildren: Amelia Susslin-Butler, Logan and Flynn Butler, Jolie Susslin-Olsen, and Jackson and Rosalie June Jones.
Gould also leaves behind a large extended family in Canada and many treasured friends in Vermont and Florida.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, May 7, 2015, at 10 a.m. in St Mary’s Catholic Church, 45 Fairfield St, St Albans. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery.
Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday, May 6, 2015, from 3 to7 p.m. at the Heald Funeral Home, 87 S. Main St in St Albans. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to either the Saint Albans Area Watershed Association, PO Box 1567, ST Albans, VT 05478 or the Hard’ack Association, c/o Tim Hurlbut, 375 Lake Rd; Suite 2A, St Albans, VT 05478. Messages of condolence to Gould’s family are welcome at www.healdfuneralhome.com.