Richardson-Gaffey Funeral Home

382 First Parish Road, Scituate, MA


Alden S. Torrey Jr.

June 2, 1945April 30, 2019

Alden S. Torrey Jr. was born on June 2, 1945 and passed away on April 30, 2019.


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Alden S. Torrey Jr.

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Tom Wall

May 1, 2019

I shared and enjoyed many memories with Junior: Being part of Uncle Guy’s crew with Junior and our friend Louie, Fun filled times at the Torrey Family cottage in New Hampshire, Bowling, Golfing, Riding in his new Red Corvette that went 125 miles an hour on 3A and the list could go on..
But what I remember most about Junior is his love for his family, his pride in being a Mayflower descendant, his willingness to help others and his big smile.
Rest In Peace, Junior.

James Hunt

May 1, 2019

Junior was a frequent visitor and "depositor" of all things historic about Scituate. I never tired of his recollections about North Scituate ... The Corners ... and all things related. He knew each family, each story, each event. Junior had a document library that could rival anything the Historical Society could assemble.

My favorite memory of Junior is not of him at all, but of his father. Alden Torrey (Senior) was the long-time manager at Rockland Trust in the Harbor. Sometime in 1965 I was a young sailor and needed a car so I could marry the love of my life and carry her away in style. After visiting Paul Young, I found just the right 1963 Valiant that would carry us away on our honeymoon. So I went to see Alden Senior at Rockland Trust about a car loan. He asked the usual questions about income and ability to repay, etc etc. Admittedly, my modest Navy pay was not impressive. Mr. Torrey asked me many questions about my background. When I mentioned that I intended to marry one Andrea Lockin, his head jerked up and he asked "is that Freeman Locklin's daughter?" Answering in the affirmative, he said in a loud voice, "Good God, boy, why didn't you say so in the first place! If you're a Locklin family member, that's good enough for me!" That Valiant lasted me for many years.

THAT is what Junior's family was all about. God Bless you Junior ... your're one f the good guys!!

Ronald Southard

May 1, 2019

A few words about Alden Torrey Jr. aka JR. BOOTS and or Boonie

I’m sad today because my older cousin Jr. who I looked up to as a young child, young man and adult passed away recently. I will miss him always.

What’s a cousin? Someone you are related to! Someone you see at holidays and maybe birthdays! For most of us that probably covers it, although they are also someone that you are probably more aware of through family chatter and todays social programs of others that have crossed your path.

Who was Alden, aka Jr. aka Boots, aka Boonie to me? He was my cousin, friend and mentor. He may not have even realized how important he was in my life. As a young boy both he and his older brother Jim took interest in my life. Maybe because I was the oldest Southard boy on their mother’s side of the family. Jr. from early in my life took me fishing, for rides in his corvette, rides on his motorcycle, to bowl on his and Jim’s bowling team, to play basketball in their men’s league, and also played golf with me on many occasions (for 15 years Jr, my Dad and our Uncle Clayton played golf once every summer I was home for vacation). These days were some of the most favorite in my life. The goal on each of these days was to beat my older cousin Jr. I’m a pretty good golfer and I did not achieve that goal very often.

I also had the opportunity to work with Jr., as he worked for and with my dad over many years as contractors. I even helped him with his firewood business when he stored many many cords in my parent’s side yard much to the chagrin of my mom. We used our grandfather Southard’s old beat up farm truck to move the wood around.

While I could go on and on, I will close by saying that JR. you are my cousin, but more you are my friend and my family. I will miss seeing you and hope that you are resting peacefully now with God after a life well lived. I am so fortunate to have been a part of your life.

Much Love
Ronald Drew (Doodie) Southard ( Your Cousin)

Andrea Hunt

May 1, 2019

Alden, was a lifelong friend and classmate. We started nursery school together. He was always a sensitive kind and caring man. Not long ago ,he visited me and brought me a small thank you note. It was a note ,that I had written to him ,thanking him for my birthday present in 1951, on my sixth birthday. To think he had saved that all these long years brought a tear to my eye. We shared history. Our mother’s were friends and we grew up with like values and a love of many mutual things. Alden was very special and intuitive. I will miss him greatly and hold memories of shared,
joyful laughter in my heart forever. Rest in Peace my friend. Affectionately ,Andrea.