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LAKE PLACID — On Saturday, June 20, Alvin R. Knowlton, of Lake Placid, Fl (longtime resident of Groton) passed away at home, surrounded by his beloved and devoted wife Dorothea, and his sons.

He is survived by four sons and three daughters-in-law, Russell of Bowling Green, Fla., Gary and Julia of Amherst, NH, Glenn and Jean of Shrewsbury, Mass., and Mark and Melissa of Casa Grande, Ariz.; and by nine grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter.

Al fought a noble and courageous two-year battle against cancer. He had an indomitable spirit and positive outlook on life that lasted all his days on earth. He was an inspiration to his family and all who knew him.

He was born in West Medford, Mass. in 1925, the son of Kendall and Euphemia (Filmore) Knowlton. He was one of nine children; other surviving relatives include his sister, Helen Tykol, and niece, Nancy Peterson, both of Gilford, Conn., and his nieces, Ruth Livingstone of Deerfield Beach, Fla., and Marilyn Stoddard of Rockland, Mass.

Alvin served his country in the United States Marine Corps, being honorably discharged in 1945 at the rank of corporal.

He was a graduate of Boston University, earning Bachelors’ and Master’s degrees in education. He was a school teacher in Lexington, Mass., at the Monroe School, retiring in 1984 after 26 years. For 25 years, Al and Dorothea resided at Hemlock Park Drive in Groton, Mass., with a summer home in Washington, NH.

Al enjoyed his family, friends, politics, sports, coaching baseball, watching the Boston Red Sox and woodworking, but most of all spending time with his wife, Dot.

The family is eternally grateful to the Good Shepherd Hospice of Sebring, Fla. for all their loving care.

There are no funeral arrangements at this time, but a celebration of his life will occur at a later date.