Remembering long time friend of the Ranch, Lloyd Aubry

Lloyd at the groundbreaking of the Swing Pavilion.

Lloyd at the groundbreaking of the Swing Pavilion.

Lloyd Aubry, who passed away on July 9th, 2016 at the age of 92, came onto the Ranch board at Bishop William Swing’s request in 1986. Bishop Swing famously recruited Lloyd during a round of Lloyd’s favorite game – golf. Lloyd continued on the board for over a quarter century, most of the time as President. He and his wife Margaret have supported the Ranch in many, many ways. We will miss him.

Below is Lloyd’s obituary.
Lloyd Walter Aubry
January 25, 1924 – July 9, 2016

Lloyd Walter Aubry, a 51-year resident of Hillsborough, California, died peacefully at home of natural causes on July 9, 2016. He was 92. A 3rd generation San Franciscan, Lloyd was born at St. Luke’s Hospital on January 25, 1924, and was the only child of Lloyd Wanton Aubry and Edna Woenne Aubry. Lloyd’s father had a long career with Standard Oil Company of California, and during his childhood the family relocated many times. Lloyd lived in the Bay Area, Sacramento, Seattle, Santa Barbara, San Diego, and Phoenix as his father’s career advanced, attending 3 different high schools before graduating from North Phoenix High School in 1941. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, sailed to Europe on the Queen Mary, and served as a Staff Sergeant in the Signal Corps with the Allied Expeditionary Force in England, France, Belgium, and Germany. He returned home to Burlingame after the war, enrolled at Stanford on the GI Bill, and joined Delta Chi Fraternity. In 1946, on a blind date on campus, he met his future wife and the love of his life, Margaret Anne Wade of Hillsborough. They were married in 1948, 3 days after he graduated from Stanford with an engineering degree. On June 19, 2016, Lloyd’s extended family gathered in Hillsborough to celebrate both Father’s Day and Margaret and Lloyd’s 68th wedding anniversary.
Lloyd and Margaret had 4 sons: Lloyd Jr. called Chip (Vanessa), an attorney; Wade (Suzanne), a physician; Keith (Sharon), a wildlife biologist; and Brian (Tristan), a geologist. He also had 12 grandchildren: Jessie, Hannah, Claire, Karen, Beth, Jennifer, Caroline, Joan, Gael, Kelly, Madeline, and Evan; and 6 great-grandchildren: Cole, Jax, Taylor, Noah, Grayson, and Kylie. Lloyd was devoted to his wife and family, and the family enjoyed frequent family vacations which always included golf. Lloyd and Margaret were inseparable, and they traveled all over the world together with the Stanford Travel/Study Program. A special highlight was a trip to Normandy in 1994 for the 50th Anniversary commemoration of D-Day. They also enjoyed frequent trips to Hawaii and annual trips to Carmel for the Crosby/AT&T golf tournament.
After working as a mechanical engineer for several companies in San Francisco and Modesto during the 1950s, Lloyd fulfilled a lifelong ambition in 1961 by starting his own engineering and construction business, the Lloyd W. Aubry Engineering Co., Inc. Based in Burlingame and operating around the country, Aubry Engineering specialized in the design and installation of conveyer handling systems, canning and bottling lines, food and timber processing machinery, and other mechanical systems. A natural salesman, Lloyd forged longstanding working relationships with his customers and, with many, lifelong friendships. Throughout his business career, Lloyd was recognized as someone who always met his obligations, kept his word, and treated his employees fairly. As the company grew, Lloyd developed a loyal team of sales managers and project supervisors. In 1990, he sold the company to two of his senior managers and retired. The Lloyd W. Aubry Co, Inc. continues to operate under his name to this day.
During retirement, Lloyd turned his attention to volunteer activities, especially through St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Burlingame, where he and Margaret were married, and the Bishop’s Ranch of the Episcopal Diocese of California in Healdsburg. He served continuously on the Ranch Board since 1986 and was President from 1994-2008, providing leadership for the planning, fundraising, and construction of 5 new buildings and the renovation of 9 existing buildings on the property. The Ranch grew in many dimensions under his leadership, enhancing its value as a very special retreat and conference center for all ages and all people. For the last 30 years, Lloyd and Margaret were an unbeatable team at the Ranch and enjoyed many happy times there together.
Lloyd was a member of the Olympic Club, where he served as Chairman of the Country Club Committee and President of the Seniors’ Golf Association, and the Menlo Country Club, where he served as Chairman of the Building and Grounds Committee. He learned to play golf at an early age from his father, played on the golf team during high school, and loved to play with his many friends throughout his life, including a round with his sons on his 91st birthday. Lloyd was also a member of the Peninsula Roundtable, past president of the Peninsula Stanford Club, and a member of the Stanford Associates in recognition of his volunteer services to Stanford. He loved reading mysteries and thrillers and was often seen driving around town in his vintage Mercedes 280SL convertible with the top down and a twinkle in his eye. He loved life, loved people, and made the world a little bit better during his time with us.
Memorial donations in Lloyd’s name may be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Burlingame, The Bishop’s Ranch in Healdsburg, or the Stanford Engineering Fund.

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