Tom Kays forwarded a link to the new catalog of the Vincent W. Alones Collection (session 1), to be held at the 2012 Virginia Numismatic Association convention in Fredericksburg on September 29th. Vince was a longtime regular at the ANA conventions and NBS events,
The catalog and all the lot pictures are available for viewing at the VNA website. See:
. Here's are some excerpts.
Vincent W. Alones was born August 23, 1916 to Lithuanian immigrants, in Long Island City, NY. Vince grew up in New York and graduated in 1934 from Sewanaka High School in Floral Park, NY. He joined the U.S. Navy after Pearl Harbor and served more than 4 years in the Naval Guard and then aboard a PT boat in the Philippines. After the war he resumed working for the Long Island Railroad, married Agnes Rose Jeckewicz, started his family, and together they became pillars in their community of Floral Park Centre as well as nationally prominent members of the numismatic community.
Agnes was born in Wilkes-Barre, PA, Feb. 5, 1924 to Lithuanian parents. The oldest of nine siblings, she helped raise them as the family moved back and forth between Wilkes-Barre and Detroit, Michigan. During WWII, she worked in Detroit factories making tanks and airplanes, a real life “Rosie the Riveter.”
Vince starting coin collecting in 1926 and continued all his life. His interests and scholarship were wide and varied and he shared them generously. Vince won over 200 prizes in numismatic competitions, became an American Numismatic Association (ANA) judge, and trained and certified judges. Vince served as assistant general chairman at the ANA's 1976 Convention in NYC. He won an ANA Presidential Award and the Medal of Merit. Agnes and Vince became Numismatic News – “Numismatic Ambassadors” in 1975. He joined more than 30 organizations of the collecting hobbies as well as veterans support organizations with Agnes. He was a 50 year member of the local volunteer Fire Department.
Vince's accomplishments were supported every step of the way by Agnes who supplied energy, humor and encouragement to all their friends and activities. They were especially proud of the Young Numismatists programs they helped initiate. They rarely missed an ANA convention since 1952, traveling extensively throughout the lower 48 states to attend and enjoying the opportunity to reconnect with old friends who shared their passion for collecting.
In 2008, Vince left Floral Park and moved to Lynchburg to be with Agnes. He quickly joined the Lynchburg Coin Club and connected with the Lynchburg veteran's community. His enthusiasm for numismatics remained undiminished until the end. Vincent William Alones, 95, died at his home in Lynchburg, Virginia, Feb. 1, 2012, on the 64th anniversary of his marriage to Agnes Rose Jeckewicz, who died October 16, 2009. He is survived by his daughter, Vinessa Alones and son-in-law Jim Fraley of Lynchburg and son, Vincent P. Alionis and his wife, Mary of Grants Pass, Oregon. Grandchildren are AJ and Eric Fraley and Zosha and Kazimer Alionis.
Coincidently, today I came across an overlooked note in my email from George Cuhaj, who had earlier forwarded two nice photos of Vince and his trademark mustache. Thanks, and sorry for the delay, Here they are:
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