February 22, 1922 - November 18, 2013
Obituaries » WILLIAM G. CHALOUX
CHALOUX, WILLIAM GEORGE, of Lincoln House in Barre, died November 18. He was born Feb. 22, 1922, in Canaan, Vt., the first of six children to George and Dora (Elliot) Chaloux. He proudly served his country for three years in the U.S. Army during World War II, mostly overseas in England, France, Germany, Italy and Belgium. While in the Army, he attended all-wheeled vehicle school and graduated with the highest average ever attained. He received a service commendation in France and at one time was attached to Gen. George Patton’s Army. He was working on the vehicle Gen. Patton was killed in when he received his discharge papers in 1946 as a tech-3 sergeant. He started work at Smith, Whitcomb & Cook in 1946 as foreman of the sheet metal and fabrication shop. He later became sales manager. Over his nearly 40 years with them, he invented several manufacturing machines used in the granite industry, was heavily involved in the introduction of dust collection equipment, bringing an end to the dreaded silicosis disease, and did a considerable amount of consulting and engineering including assisting with the design and installation of the Stone Trades School at Spaulding High School. He retired from Smith, Whitcomb & Cook in 1985. After his retirement, he started Chaloux Industrial Services and did consulting, engineering and buying and selling granite machinery. One of his great enjoyments for many years was his camp at Crystal Lake in Barton, spending time with family and friends. He was an avid fisherman his whole life and went on many fishing trips over the years with his “fishing buddies” and family members. In his 80s, he volunteered much of his time, using his lifetime experience in the industry to engineer and install much of the stone-working equipment at the Vermont Granite Museum of Barre. Survivors include a daughter, Linda Chaloux Saliba, and husband, Robert, of Spring Hill, Tenn.; two granddaughters; two great-grandchildren; two brothers, Claude “Pop” Chaloux, of Berlin, and Gary Chaloux, of Barre Town; as well as many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; his wife of 69 years, Lucille Scott Chaloux; his son, Gregory Scott Chaloux; a sister, Doris Moran; and brothers Norman and Raymond Chaloux.