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Edward F. Almon Fund
By Jean Cohoon / February 25, 2015 /   Loading Disqus...
From his years in semi-pro baseball, to decades of coaching Little League and Babe Ruth, to cheering on his children – and later grandchildren – Edward F. “Ted” Almon was a sports enthusiast.

Noting that his father played golf until he was 90 and tennis until he was 88, son Ted explains, “He enjoyed coaching kids, especially baseball. He coached until he retired; then attending his grandchildren’s games became his life. He was always at some kid’s game.”

Born and raised in Rhode Island, the senior Ted Almon earned a degree in finance and accounting from Bryant College. He served in the Pacific with the Marine Corps in World War II, then joined Nicholson File Company. Starting in the machine shop, he advanced through the years until, when Nicholson File was sold in 1973, he was corporate treasurer. “He was a very successful finance guy,” his son says proudly.

Ted then joined Amtrol as director of finance, later also taking on the role of human resources. He became active in health issues and served for 20 years on the Rhode Island Health Services Council and 16 years as a director of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island, the latter which awarded him emeritus status.

Throughout his career, sports remained a big part of his life. He was the Rhode Island Commissioner for Babe Ruth for many years, enjoyed golf, tennis and bowling, and attended his family’s many sporting events, including the 15-year major league career of his son Bill.

Ted died in June 2013 at age 93. Of the more than 1,000 people who attended his father’s wake, Ted explains, “He had a big influence on the kids he coached, and many of them showed up.” The senior Almon also left an extended family – six children, 14 grandchildren, and nine great grandchildren.

Of his decision to partner with the Foundation, Ted notes, “The Foundation has done a lot of important work, especially around healthcare. And, I know a lot of the board members and feel a connection to the board.” He envisions this fund supporting organizations that “do something with kids and baseball” – a fitting legacy for a sports enthusiast.
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