Pomfret Center – Albie Washburn, born in Hartford, CT on January 27, 1950, died at Day Kimball Hospital on May 21 from complications of Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS). Albie was the only son of Albert F. and Ina (Sciavone) Washburn. Albie graduated from Putnam High School and a post-graduate masonry program at Ellis Technical School. As an expert stone cutter, Albie worked for many masonry firms, including Rogerson Masonry, and was also self-employed. Albie had a wonderful sense of balance, doing high-rise construction work and ice-skating backwards. Many a lady can attest to his enthusiastic moves on the dance floor, where he managed to induce two pregnant women into labor and accidentally removed the sleeve of one woman’s fur coat.
Albie had a fine discernment for what is right, true and lasting. A fierce defender of underdogs, Albie passed his sense of fair play on to the children he coached in Pomfret Little League. A member of golf leagues in East Putnam, Woodstock and Willimantic, golf was his passion.
Albie met his wife-to-be, Margaret (“Meg”) Kerensky, at a private Halloween party at the Vanilla Bean Café in 1990, where he was a wolf-man and she was a go-go girl. On their first date, listening to the bluegrass band Springwater at the Imperial Cinema, they found out they shared the same birthday, exactly ten years apart. They were married by Alice Ramsdell, J.P., in a pine grove on May 23, 1992.
As a single father, Albie worked tirelessly to raise his son, Joshua Washburn, who takes after his dad by being patient, loyal, gentle, hard-working and affectionate.
A vivacious percussionist, Albie took part in many musical jams and was renowned for wowing the ladies with his Tom Jones impersonation.
Easy-going and creative, Albie was an artist, working mostly with field stone and found wooden objects. He claimed that the stones talked to him. His enduring legacy of stone walls, patios, walkways and fireplaces is a testimony to his skill and strength.
Albie’s generosity of mind and heart, and joy in the daily round will be terribly missed. He leaves behind his collection of “wooden guys” and a yard full of woolly friends.
Predeceased by his best friend, Alfie Dyrland, and close friends, Kevin Kilborn and James Hillman, Albie is survived by special friends Mark, Maryke and Dustan “Dayo” Schlehofer, Karen and John Dyrland-Weaver, Billy Wolchesky, Julia Schlough, Mike Burdett, Gary McNally, Kathy O’Leary, Al and Lynn Landry, Michael Nelson, and Arrik Kim.
In addition to his wife and son, Alby is survived by sisters Gail (Royce) Brooks and Terry Washburn, brother-in-law Butch Benway, grandsons, Nick and Colin Washburn, niece, Michelle (James) MacDonald, and nephews Artie Benway, Joe Miller and Nathan (Crystal) Adams. He was predeceased by his sister, Nina Benway. Funeral services are private and have been entrusted to the Gilman Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Church St., Putnam, CT. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.
To remember Albie, look for beauty in nature. To make a contribution, please visit the GoFundMe site “Albie Washburn Family – Lou Gehrig’s Disease”.