Archive for June, 2015

Alfred Lubaugh Bernier diZerega III (Buddy) died at home on June 24, 2015. He was 88 years old. He was born at Rock Spring Farm on Loudoun Street in Leesburg Virginia on July 8 1926, the son of Alfred L.B. diZerega II of Aldie and Lucy Harrison diZerega of Leesburg.

After graduation from Fishburne Military School in 1944 he enlisted immediately in the US Navy serving over 2 years until the WW2 demobilization in 1947.

He served as Gunner’s Mate in the Pacific on board a troop ship and was briefly assigned ashore in the Philippines as a PBY4Y2 patrol plane waist gunner/ aerial photographer. During that time he documented the airborne assault of Manila. He earned the National Defense, American Campaign, Asiatic/Pacific and WW2 Victory Medals.

He had a lifelong love of aviation. After discharge from the Navy he earned his private pilot license. He logged over 1000 flight hours. He was a member of the aviation fraternal society, Quiet Bird Men.

He married Mary Porter Evans in 1946. That marriage ended in divorce. Their daughter Alice diZerega (Slingo) lives in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. Alice’s son, Michael Alfred Burrows is now 28. He and his wife Amanda live in Covington OH. Buddy’s only great-grandchild, Madlelyn Grace Burrows, was born in 2013

In 1957 he married Janet Uhl Rodgers. That marriage ended in divorce. However, he adopted his step son, Rick. Rick diZerega is a Life Member of the both the Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company and the Loudoun County Volunteer Rescue Squad. Buddy was honored to have been inducted as a Honorary Member of the Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company for his years of dedicated support of the fire company.

His older sisters Florence (Ashbrook) and Lucy (Rich) died several years ago. His younger sister, Agnes (Di Cook) lives in the family home at Rock Spring. He is also survived by a large number of nephews, nieces and cousins from both the Harrison and diZerega branches of the family.

After WWII Buddy started in the building industry in Colorado returning to Leesburg in 1958 to Barber and Ross’ packaged home division. Starting in the 60’s and continuing to his death, he developed both commercial and residential properties in Loudoun County.

Buddy was interred at Union Cemetery in a service conducted by Rev Thomas Simmons of St Peters Episcopal Church, Purcellville at 1PM on Wednesday, July 8. After the service his friends and relatives were welcomed at his birthplace, Rock Spring Farm, 329 Loudoun St SW to celebrate his life.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Leesburg Volunteer Fire Department
PO Box 2377, Leesburg, VA 20177.

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Bruce Blake

0206Bruce Borsum Blake, 80, passed away on Monday June 15, 2015 in Bar Harbor Maine. He was born on September 9, 1934 in Queens, New York, the son of Winchester and Elsa (Borsum) Blake.

He was married to the former Margaret Stebbins of Schenectady for 55 years prior to her passing in 2013.

Bruce grew up in New York City and graduated from Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan. He received a BS degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology the following year. During his summers in college, he worked for the Appalachian Mountain Club as a hutman (Zealand ’52, Carter ’53, Madison ’54) in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. After graduating from MIT, he joined the Vertol Aircraft Company, Morton, PA. Vertol was acquired by Boeing in 1960, where he remained for the next 37 years until his retirement. He rose through the ranks at Boeing, retiring as Director of Research and Technology. Bruce worked on all of the helicopters manufactured by Boeing in that period. After his retirement he enjoyed volunteering at the American Helicopter Museum in West Chester, PA. Bruce and Margaret visited Maine many times, fell in love with the area and decided to retire to Bar Harbor permanently. He became actively involved in the community rebuilding trails and trail signs with Friends of Acadia, driving for Island Connections and supporting the Bar Harbor Congregational Church. Bruce loved hiking, sailing, kayaking, canoeing, model railroading and all aircraft.

He was a wonderful father and grandfather who was very proud of his children and grandchildren. Bruce is lovingly remembered by his four children; Carolyn Blake and partner Carolyn Campbell of Ellsworth, William and Valerie Blake of Xenia, OH, Nancy Blake of Windham, and Jennifer and Norman La Fleur of Stratham, NH; three grandchildren and extended family and friends in the Bar Harbor community. He was predeceased by his loving wife Margaret.

Contributions in Bruce’s memory may be made to the Friends of Acadia, 43 Cottage St, Bar Harbor, ME 04609, the Appalachian Mountain Club, PO Box 16192, Hooksett, NH, 03106.

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ClareOConnellClare O’Connell, 51 of Newton, died June 1, 2015. She is survived by her husband Michael A. Collora of Newton, and two stepchildren, Rebecca Collora Buckman, New York City and Nicholas A. Collora of Brighton. Clare was one of seven children of Laurence and Frances O’Connell of Worcester who predeceased her. She is also survived by all six of her siblings, and numerous nephews and nieces. Clare was an OHA Special Member.
Until late 2013, Clare was Vice President of Resources at the Appalachian Mountain Club, and its leading fundraiser and organizational strategist for over 20 years. During her tenure, Clare oversaw unprecedented growth in AMC’s fundraising capacity, membership, and volunteer engagement. Her leadership and professional expertise combined with her enthusiasm for AMC’s mission of recreation, conservation, and outdoor education was a winning combination. Hired by and working side by side with Andy Falender (AMC President from 1988-2011), Clare built and inspired a team of staff and volunteers who together successfully raised over $100 million in capital and endowment funding while simultaneously building AMC’s Annual Fund by nearly 1000% and the membership from 30,000 to nearly 100,000 members. Her work made possible the 70,000 acre recreation corridor in Maine, the Highland Center in Crawford Notch, the rebuilding of Galehead and Madison Huts in the White Mountains, and the greatly expanded education and conservation programs.
When Clare wasn’t working at the Boston office or meeting with leaders throughout the region, she was leading hikes and ski trips in the White Mountains and in Maine’s 100-Mile Wilderness. She hiked over 40 of the 4,000 footers in New Hampshire before falling ill to cancer. At her retirement lunch one year ago, Clare spoke about her love of being outdoors, encouraging others to be active in the outdoors, and her pride in AMC’s accomplishments throughout the region, and specifically being proud of her work and leadership in AMC’s Maine Woods Initiative. Clare demonstrated passion, drive, and fun, and took an active interest in the lives of people she knew and cultivated deep and meaningful relationships with AMC colleagues, donors, and members, and was an advocate for AMC in all aspects of her life.
Clare was also active in the Wellesley Hills Congregational Church where she had been a deacon, played in its Bells group, and was active on many committees. In addition, she was an enthusiastic hiker, biker, cross country skier and boater and traveled widely with her husband. Her principal loves were her family, large network of friends and golden labs Trot and MacIntosh.
Born in Worcester, Clare graduated from Mt. Holyoke College, Class of 1986, and worked for the Danforth Art and Worcester Art Museums in the development area before moving to Boston to work at the Appalachian Mountain Club. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her honor to the Avon Foundation’s MGH Cancer fund, or the Appalachian Mountain Club, 5 Joy Street, Boston, MA 02108

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