Albert John Loper, a former employee of the East Hampton Town Highway Department and a 40-year member of the Amagansett Fire Department, died on Dec. 28 at Washington Hospital in Washington, N.C. He was 84 and had diabetes, his wife, Arlene Loper, said.
Mr. Loper was born in Springs on Dec. 11, 1927, a son of Jessie Loper and Barbara King. He went to the Springs School and worked after classes at Roy K. Lester’s farm in Springs. After he graduated from high school, he took a job with the Highway Department, where he worked until he retired and moved to North Carolina to be near family.
Mrs. Loper said her husband was “very outgoing, anything going on he was right in the middle of it.” She said that after retiring to North Carolina he made a daily morning round of all the garages to talk with friends.
As a young man, Mr. Loper joined the Amagansett Fire Department, well before the department in Springs, where he lived, was formed. Mrs. Loper said that he was a dedicated volunteer and was named fireman of the year multiple times.
He was a serious team bowler — “excellent,” Mrs. Loper said — in competitions at Star Lanes in East Hampton Village. And, as far as she knew, nobody ever beat him in a game of checkers.
His first marriage was to the former Janet Rogers, who died before him. He married again, to the former Arlene Miller.
A sister, Florence Kowalski, died before him as well. Mrs. Loper said the family had lost touch with his brother, Billy Loper, some time ago.
Mr. Loper is survived by two stepsons, Kenneth Miller and Edward P. Miller, and a stepdaughter, Sharon Tallcott, as well as many stepgrandchildren, all of whom live in Washington, N.C.
Mr. Loper attended services at Wares Methodist Chapel in Washington but continued to consider the Amagansett Presbyterian Church his own, as he had been active there while living in Springs. A funeral for him will be held there on Wednesday at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Green River Cemetery in Springs.
Mrs. Loper suggested memorial donations to the church’s Scoville Hall restoration. The building was destroyed by an Oct. 15 fire. The address is P.O. Box 764, Amagansett 11930. Gifts can also be made via PayPal to APCnewsletter@aol.com.