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Longtime Gloversville resident Alfred J. Sanges, 96, died on Saturday September 18 at his home.

Born August 2, 1925, Alfred was the son of Pasquale and Philomena DeMartine Sanges, and was one of 10 siblings. He was a veteran of the US Navy Seabees, serving in World War II. He attended Endicott College, majoring in business. A golf enthusiast from a young age, he started out as a caddy and worked his way up to playing in numerous tournaments, accumulating a large collection of trophies and earning the nickname “Standard Freddie. “ His favorite courses were the Nick Stoner and Kingsboro golf courses. In retirement, he enjoyed walking the courts for exercise, searching for lost golf balls to give them new life and really enjoyed being around the game.

Kind, loyal and generous are all words his relatives would use to describe Alfred, who went to great lengths to take care of others. Completely devoted to his late wife, Shirley Sanges, for nearly 65 years, together they made a life full of laughter, great food and family above all.

Their favorite place to visit was Wells Beach, Maine, where they took their families on vacation for over 40 years. By making a point of taking trips with all of their children and grandchildren, everyone looked forward to the annual vacation and many happy memories were created and will be cherished by all. A true Italian, Alfred has enjoyed many family celebrations over the years, but at the end of the day he would always say: “Beer is the best!”

Alfred is survived by his daughter Deborah McCann (Wayne); son James Sanges; Sister Delores Becker; seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife Shirley; son Richard Sanges (Lisa); brothers Mario, Renato, Herman, Loren, Albert; sisters Lucy, Marie and Margaret; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A private service will be held for immediate family only on Friday, September 24 at 11 a.m. Interment will be held at Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Johnstown. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in memory to the charity of their choice. Arrangements are in the care of Walrath & Stewart Funeral Home, 51 Fremont Street, Gloversville. Please visit the online memorial at

51, rue Fremont, Gloversville 725-12121

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