March 14, 1921 - January 25, 2014

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Obituaries » JAMES R. SLORA

SLORA, JAMES ROBERT, 92, of Barre Town, died January 25, at the Woodridge Nursing Home in Berlin. His family had been by his bedside. Born March 14, 1921, in Orange, he was the son of James and Mabel (Isham) Slora Jr. He graduated from Spaulding High School in 1941, and later attended a trade school in Connecticut. He also worked as a machinist at a machine shop in New Britain, Conn., prior to World War II. Jim was a veteran of U.S. Navy service during World War II, serving from 1943 to 1946, and had been stationed in the Pacific theater of operations. Following his military service, he worked as a machinist and foreman at Dessureau Machines for 19 years, and later became superintendent and tool designer at the Trow and Holden Company, retiring after 19 years in 1985. He also was a licensed gunsmith. On March 28, 1946, he married Norma Abbiati in Barre City, where they lived for several years. In 1954, they moved to their Pine Hill Road home, where they have since resided. Norma died Dec. 30, 2010. An avid band musician, he played trumpet in the Spaulding High School band, which he helped organize in 1938, and drummer in the Barre City band, Mt. Sinai Shrine band, and Arab Patrol, as well as several local dance bands. He also was an instructor, drum sergeant and manager of the Barre American Legion Post #10 Drum and Bugle Corps, and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and his large vegetable garden. Jim’s memberships included Granite Masonic Lodge #35, Granite Chapter 26 RAM, Barre Council #22 and RSM, and St. Aldemar Commandery #11 K.T., all of Barre, and Mt. Sinai Shrine Temple #3 of Montpelier. He also belonged to Barre American Legion Post 10, MacKenzie-Webster VFW Post 790, Barre Elks Lodge 1535, and the National Rifle Association. Survivors include his son, Russell Slora and wife, Susan of Barre Town; one grandson; his sister, Jean Flor of Napa, Calif.; his stepbrother, Louis Dindo and wife, Joan of Groton, Mass.; and nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; his wife, Norma; and brother, William.

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