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Elefterious A. Schurman, Sr., 83

He and Ellie owned and operated a Carvel Ice Cream franchise on the Post Road in Westport. Later Ellie took over operation of the Carvel business when Al bought a tractor and trailer and began E.A. Schurman Services, hauling produce from farms as far away as Florida and Maine.

Al was especially proud of his ability to deliver fresh produce to market distributors in east coast cities, often driving all day and night and stopping for extra ice to keep the load fresh. He would often bring samples of his delivered produce home for his family to enjoy and for Al to judge freshness.

Al got off the road in 1979 and went into business repairing trucks and trailers, and later moved into light excavation and landscaping. Al never had to look for work; his phone rang because people knew of his abilities and work ethic.

When asked what he did for a living he would answer, “Whatever comes along.” Al had many hobbies. He loved to take his boat on Long Island Sound where he would fish, often from dawn to dusk. He enjoyed barbecuing for friends and family.

In the wintertime Al’s longing for “salt air and sunshine” would take him to friends and family in Florida for golf and fishing. Al was an accomplished and dedicated golfer, having once qualifying for a Senior PGA Tournament.

He built and operated radio-controlled planes and sailboats and was active in local clubs. The beauty of his models reflected his lifelong skill and craftsmanship. Later in life, Al took to the road on his Harley-Davidson, enjoying weekend club rides with Ellie.

Al was especially proud of mission work trips with Black Rock Congregational Church to Haiti and Guadalupe. He was able to fashion scant resources into shelters and water systems, a skill he attributed to his World War II childhood, about which he once smiled and said “I had some of my best days at the dump.”

Al was predeceased by is parents, as well as his brother John Schurman. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Eleanor (Faltings) Schurman, daughter Susan O’Donnell and son-in-law Mike O’Donnell, Jr. and their children, Caitlin, Shawn and Michael III O’Donnell; a son E.A. Schurman, Jr. and daughter-in-law Terri Schurman, and their daughters Taylor, Alexandra and Courtney Schurman; a son Thomas J. Schurman and daughter-in-law Andrea Schurman, and their children Adrianna and Thomas J. Schurman, Jr. , as well as several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be on Friday, Jan. 31 from 5-6:30 p.m. with a memorial from 6:30-7 p.m. at Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road, Fairfield.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation to Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research (http://www.alzinfo.org). For information or to sign an online register, please visit http://www.SpearFuneralHome.com.

He and Ellie owned and operated a Carvel Ice Cream franchise on the Post Road in Westport. Later Ellie took over operation of the Carvel business when Al bought a tractor and trailer and began E.A. Schurman Services, hauling produce from farms as far away as Florida and Maine.

Al was especially proud of his ability to deliver fresh produce to market distributors in east coast cities, often driving all day and night and stopping for extra ice to keep the load fresh. He would often bring samples of his delivered produce home for his family to enjoy and for Al to judge freshness.

Al got off the road in 1979 and went into business repairing trucks and trailers, and later moved into light excavation and landscaping. Al never had to look for work; his phone rang because people knew of his abilities and work ethic.

When asked what he did for a living he would answer, “Whatever comes along.” Al had many hobbies. He loved to take his boat on Long Island Sound where he would fish, often from dawn to dusk. He enjoyed barbecuing for friends and family.

In the wintertime Al’s longing for “salt air and sunshine” would take him to friends and family in Florida for golf and fishing. Al was an accomplished and dedicated golfer, having once qualifying for a Senior PGA Tournament.

He built and operated radio-controlled planes and sailboats and was active in local clubs. The beauty of his models reflected his lifelong skill and craftsmanship. Later in life, Al took to the road on his Harley-Davidson, enjoying weekend club rides with Ellie.

Al was especially proud of mission work trips with Black Rock Congregational Church to Haiti and Guadalupe. He was able to fashion scant resources into shelters and water systems, a skill he attributed to his World War II childhood, about which he once smiled and said “I had some of my best days at the dump.”

Al was predeceased by is parents, as well as his brother John Schurman. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Eleanor (Faltings) Schurman, daughter Susan O’Donnell and son-in-law Mike O’Donnell, Jr. and their children, Caitlin, Shawn and Michael III O’Donnell; a son E.A. Schurman, Jr. and daughter-in-law Terri Schurman, and their daughters Taylor, Alexandra and Courtney Schurman; a son Thomas J. Schurman and daughter-in-law Andrea Schurman, and their children Adrianna and Thomas J. Schurman, Jr. , as well as several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be on Friday, Jan. 31 from 5-6:30 p.m. with a memorial from 6:30-7 p.m. at Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road, Fairfield.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation to Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research (http://www.alzinfo.org). For information or to sign an online register, please visit http://www.SpearFuneralHome.com.

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