The LRCP Celebrates The Memory of
Allen "Buddy" Voshell
(November 28, 1924 - April 30, 2016)
Allen F. Voshell, Jr, better known as "Buddy," passed away peacefully with friends at his side on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at Westminster Canterbury of the Blue Ridge. Born November 28, 1924 in Baltimore, Maryland, he was the son of Dr. Allen F. Voshell Sr. and Louise Barclay Voshell. The family moved to Baltimore when Buddy was seven years old and that is where he remained until the age of 18 when he enlisted in the United States Navy. Proudly serving his country in the South Pacific as a signalman aboard LST 753, Buddy established a pattern of lasting friendships which he maintained throughout his long life. These men were truly members of The Greatest Generation.
After the war, Buddy finished high school in Baltimore then returned to Charlottesville to begin his studies at the University of Virginia. He was a member of St. Elmo Hall. It was while he was at "The University" that he met his future wife, Martha Lee Kennon. They married in 1951 and graduated together in 1952. Buddy's first job after college was at The National Bank where, once again, he forged friendships that would last a lifetime. In 1956 Buddy accepted a job as agent and underwriter with State Farm Insurance and remained there until his retirement 40 years later. Many people remember his radio and television commercials that ended with the tag line "See me, Buddy Voshell 296-1010 that's 296-10-10." His car license plate was still '6-1010' and you could see people smile when they recognized him. Buddy served the Charlottesville Albemarle Chamber of Commerce for many years including Chairman of the Chamber in the early 80’s. He also enjoyed his affiliation with the Navy League of Charlottesville.
Once retired, Buddy wholeheartedly continued his support of Martha Lee, who had become one of the top-rated breeders of champion Labrador Retrievers on the east coast. Together, until her death in 2006, they bred and showed some of the finest Labradors in the country. Buddy supported the Charlottesville-Albemarle Kennel Club and was a founding member of the Labrador Retriever Club of the Potomac where he served as Chief Steward for nearly three decades. During this past April's 41st Potomac Specialty Show (of over 1,000 Labradors), breeders and participants from across the WORLD noted his conspicuous absence. He was a 'rock star' in the dog show world
Buddy recently sold his beloved Broad Reach Farm and Kennel in Free Union to create a professorship in sports medicine in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. This professorship is being created in memory of his father who, in 1921 launched the orthopaedic department at UVA and served as its first chair through 1931. His generous gift reflects his deep love for both his family and the University of Virginia.
Martha Lee, his wife of almost 55 years, preceded him in death as did his parents. Buddy is survived by his sister-in-law, Margaret Colmenares and her husband, Emil of Palmyra as well as many devoted friends.
A memorial service will be held at 1 pm Thursday, May 5th at Teague Funeral Home, 2260 Ivy Road in Charlottesville followed by a celebration of Buddy's life at Farmington Country Club. Memorial contributions may be made to Charlottesville Albemarle SPCA (3355 Berkmar Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22901) or Take the Lead (PO Box 6353, Watertown, NY 13601).