Alfred E. Knowlton, 80, of 41 East Diane Drive, Keene, died Wednesday at the Cheshire Medical Center in Keene, following a period of failing health.
He was born in Keene, July 26, 1932, and has resided in the Keene area most of his life.
Mr. Knowlton graduated from Keene High School, class of 1952. While in high school he was an ace pitcher for the school baseball team. He was the second person in KHS baseball history to pitch a no-hitter. He was well known for his abilities on the ball field, enough so that he was drafted to play ball after high school by the Philadelphia Athletics. His career in baseball was cut short when he had to enlist in the US Air Force, however he was able to still play baseball while in the service. Family, fishing and the Boston Red Sox were his greatest passions. Often times he'd sit for hours talking to friends about all sports. It gave him great pleasure to see his two granddaughters turn out to be elite athletes. He was very friendly and outgoing. People often commented on seeing him driving around in his convertible, waving to his fans.
He served in the US Air Force, stationed in Iceland and held the rank of Staff Sergeant. He was a member of the Gordon Bissell Post #4 American Legion in Keene, and the DAV.
Mr. Knowlton worked at Troy Mills for over 30 years. He was a member of the Marlborough Federated Church, and was a former member of the Loyal Order of Moose in Keene.
He is predeceased by his mother: Ida Knowlton, and a son Joel A. Knowlton who died in 1982.
Survivors include: his wife of 59 years, Jo-Ann (Pelletier) Knowlton of Keene, a son Christian A. Knowlton of Vail, CO., a daughter: Jennifer P. Daniels and her husband Bill of Richmond, NH., two brothers: Ronald E. Croteau of Keene and William P. Springer of Ft. Lauderdale, FL., two grandchildren: Madison Daniels, and Chelsea St. Pierre and her husband Lance Corporal Cameron St. Pierre serving in the Marine Corps in Afghanistan; three stepgrandchildren: Nina Cournoyer, Beth Daniels and Bill Daniels; two great grandchildren: Cameron St. Pierre and Connor St. Pierre.
Calling hours will be held at the Fletcher Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 33 Marlboro Street, Keene, Tuesday evening from 6 to 7 o'clock and will be followed by services at the funeral home at 7pm. The Reverend Marilyn Ayer, Minister of the Marlborough Federated Church will officiate.
It has been requested that gifts be made in memory of Mr. Knowlton to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA. 02241 or to the National Kidney Foundation, 85 Astor Avenue Ste 2, Norwood, MA. 02062.