Alton G. Tallmadge
unknown - June 10, 2013
Alton G. "Al" Tallmadge, 101, of Camillus, passed away peacefully at Van Duyn on June 10, 2013. Born in Preble he graduated from Homer Academy, Syracuse University in 1936 where he played junior varsity and varsity lacrosse where Roy Simmons, Sr., is quoted as saying “you are either damn good or damn lucky” and attended night school to earn his master’s degree in 1940.
Al worked at Split Rock School from 1936-40 where he met his wife Dorothy Park who was a teacher at Split Rock. He became an administrator in 1940 at Solvay School district where he worked for 15 years and coached basketball for 11 years with a 93 percent winning record and 10 of 11 Division Championships. In 1955 he became vice principal of West Genesee High School and later principal. His dream was to start the first lacrosse team in Central New York which he did at West Genesee with used equipment donated by Syracuse University and Roy Simmons, Sr. Al retired in 1970 and is a life member of Onondaga County Retired Teachers’ Association. He was a 32nd degree Mason and was a member of Tigris Temple Shrine and Crossroads Lodge No. 520 for 69 years. Al and Dorothy had spent winters in New Smyrna Beach, Fla., and summers in the house they built in the Adirondack Mountains. He was predeceased by his daughter Joan Fletcher in 1994 and his wife of 65 years Dorothy in 2005.
Survived by his daughter Linda Tallmadge of Marcellus; a son-in-law Ronald Fletcher of Marcellus; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Calling hours and services were held at B.L. Bush & Sons, 10 Genesee (Main) St., village of Camillus. Services will be private. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery, Warners.
Contributions may be made to the Solvay United Methodist Church, 206 Center Street, Solvay, NY 13209.
Please sign guestbook at blbush.com.