ST. ALBANS — Larry James Wells, 73, a lifelong resident of St. Albans, died peacefully at his home, in the arms of his loving wife, after a courageous battle with cancer. Larry was born on Feb. 7, 1942, the son of Theodore and Beatrice Wells. He attended Holy Angels Parochial School, and graduated from Bellows Free Academy in 1960. He attended Mankato State College in Mankato, Minn. Larry married the love of his life, Sally, on May 18, 1963, and the two of them would be celebrating their 52nd year of marriage this year.
Larry worked for the Central Vermont Railroad as a telegraph operator for seven years, leaving that position to pursue a career at IBM. He was a manager in the Software Development Department and retired from IBM in 2002, after 33 years of service.
Larry was a member of the St. Albans Vermont Elks Lodge #1566. Larry loved to hunt, fish, swim and ski. He also enjoyed painting, the music of his era (50’s and 60’s), as well as old movies.
Survivors include his wife, Sally; daughter, Tracey Wells-Atherton and her husband, Dirk Atherton of Fort Myers, Fla.; his son, Scott Wells and his wife, Linda Wells, of St. Albans, and his granddaughter, Ashley Wells, also of St. Albans, who always put a smile on his face.
He also leaves behind an uncle, Ronald Wells of Sterling, Mass.; a sister-in-law, Anne Kenyon of St. Albans; a sister-in-law, Dorothy Guise and her husband, George Guise, of Milltown, N.J.; special friends, Richard and Roberta Allard of St. Albans; Donald and Sally Allard of Burlington, Vt., as well as several cousins, nieces and nephews, all of whom held a special place in his heart.
Larry was predeceased by his parents, Theodore and Beatrice Wells; his brother, David Wells; sister-in-law, Melodye Wells; brother-in-law, Donald Kenyon and his in-laws, William Kenyon and Audrey Kenyon.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend calling hours on Thursday, March 19, 2015, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Heald Funeral Home, 87 So Main St., St. Albans. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, March 20 at 11 a.m. in Holy Angels Church. 245 Lake St., St. Albans. Interment will be later this spring in Mount Calvary Cemetery.
Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Franklin County Home Health Agency, 3 Home Health Circle, St. Albans, VT 05478 or Vermont Cancer Society, 55 Day Lane, Williston, VT 05495. Messages of condolence to Larry’s family are welcome at www.healdfuneralhome.com.