Alvin E. Shults
Pultneyville: Born May 28, 1920 in Egypt, NY over the store his mother (Irene) ran, and next door to the canning factory his father (Edward) operated. Alvin grew up in the canning business working with his father, brother (Victor) and sister (Mary). Alvin graduated high school at 17 and went on to earn his Bachelor's degree in Business Management from Niagara University.
After college, Alvin built a house next door to the family homestead in Egypt, grew crops on the family farm, and worked at the canning plant as Assistant Manager to his Dad. When his father was killed in an electrical accident some miles from the plant, Alvin became the youngest Plant Manager in New York State working for several years as Plant Manager for Comstock Foods.
In the early 1950s, Alvin moved to Williamson, NY and started Alard Industries providing canning plant supplies, co-packing, and consulting services; --eventually focusing on the resale of pre-owned industrial food processing plant equipment, and renaming the company Alard Equipment Corporation. Alvin operated and grew the business he started for nearly 70 years.
Alvin lived on a large lot on the shores of Lake Ontario just west of Pultneyville, and was particularly known for his fastidious grounds-keeping for his manicured lawns and hedges. He subdivided and developed the Lakewood Estates Waterfront Homes Community on Lake Road just east of Pultneyville, and again maintained the verges and frontages with great care.
Alvin was an avid boater, lifetime member and Past Commodore of Pultneyville Yacht Club, and longtime member and former Executive Board member of Sodus Bay Yacht Club. He boated all around Lake Ontario, explored the 1000 Islands region, and boated the Intercoastal Waterway to, across, and around Florida multiple times.
Alvin was a lifetime parishioner of the Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Parish, and attended summer masses at the Church of Saint Rose in Sodus Point.
Alvin had a winter home on Key Biscayne, Florida where he passed away peacefully on December 28, 2020, after living an active life for over 100 years.
Alvin is survived by his wife, Joyce, his daughter, Carol (Don) Phillips, his sons and their wives, Edward (Ginny) and Michael (Larisa), his Grandchildren, Sharon (Ryan) Scherer, Christopher (Rose), Lisa (Rocco), and Jessica (Rey) Figueroa, and great-grandchildren Kaden, Julia, and Elizabeth Figueroa and Austin LaVeck; sister: Mary Shults; special caregiver: Trudy Roberts. Predeceased by parents: Edward J. and Irene M. (Yohann) Shults; brother: Victor (Priscilla) Shults.
Family & friends may call at Young Funeral Home in Williamson, NY on Friday, January 8, 2020 from 5pm – 7pm. Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday January 9, 2020 at 10am at St. Mary’s of the Lake in Ontario, NY. Private burial in Holy Sepulchre Catholic Cemetery.
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