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Alfred Lohr Willett

Alfred Lohr Willett, 64, a 33-year veteran of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and a longtime Old Church resident, died Monday, December 7, 2009 at his home in Hallieford with his family after battling cancer. 

Mr. Willett was a retired DEQ manager for the Groundwater Program at the Piedmont Regional Office from 1991 until he retired in 2002. He oversaw storage tank programs, groundwater permits, pollution investigations and clean-up efforts.

He was member of the Corps of Cadets at Virginia Tech, and graduated from North Carolina State University with a degree in wood science and technology.  He served in the armed forces in Vietnam from 1969 to 1970.

Following his retirement, Willett was a member of the Board of Directors of the Friends of Dragon Run—a preservation group committed to maintaining the pristine beauty and tidal freshwater systems of the huge wetland and wilderness area in the Middle Peninsula of Eastern Virginia. An avid outdoorsman, fisherman and fiercely loyal friend, Mr. Willett won numerous prizes and citations in sports fishing tournaments.

A man with a generous spirit, passion for nature and a fondness for animals, he grew up in Middlesex County and spent most of his adult years in Old Church before retiring to Mathews County. 

He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Linda Broske Willett; a sister, Elizabeth Kelley and her husband Earl of Reno, Nev.; two children, Michael Lohr Willett of Mathews and Sarah Willett Austin and her husband, Bert of Highland Springs; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. 

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 12, at Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Saluda. Following the memorial service, the family will receive friends at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Friends of Dragon Run, P.O. Box 882, or the Mathews-Gloucester Humane Society, P.O. Box 385, both of Gloucester, VA 23061.

posted 12.08.2009

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