FLORIST AND BUSINESSMAN ALBERT FELLY, AAF, DIES AT AGE 90

Albert Felly, AAF, accepts his award in 2005 to be inducted into the Society of American Florists’ (SAF) Floriculture Hall of Fame.

Albert Felly, AAF, longtime florist, businessman and entrepreneur in Wisconsin and Arizona, died Jan. 17, 2016, at his home in Green Valley, Ariz. He was 90 years old.

Albert began his career in the floral industry with his first wife, Mary, in 1949, when they opened their first flower shop, Felly’s Flowers, in Madison, Wis. The business grew to multiple locations in the Madison area. Albert was also the first to discover and use 1-800-FLOWERS in the early 1970s, and, in the early 1980s, developed the Underwater Flower Cutter.

During his lifetime, Albert received numerous business and humanitarian awards such as his induction into the Society of American Florists’ (SAF) Floriculture Hall of Fame in 2005.

A memorial service will be held from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 24, at the Blackhawk Country Club in Madison, Wis. for those who wish to pay their respects in person. Read more about Albert Felly’s life here.

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