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Clifford James McCuin
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Laconia----Clifford James McCuin died on May 26, 2008.  He was the son of Herbert McCuin and Mabel (Davis) McCuin.  He was born on June 10, 1910 at the family farm in Waterville, Vermont.  He was predeceased by his wife, Florence (Langdell) McCuin, his parents and siblings, Archie, Leonard, Ethelyn, Catherine, Blanche, and Gordon.

Clifford faced many challenges in his life. He contracted infantile paralysis when he was about four years old.  His father exercised his legs three times a day and Clifford regained the use of his legs slowly. He walked, holding on to furniture.  He wore out three tricycles.  When the kids at school knocked him down during recess, his teacher invited him to come in to talk.  She taught him to read, write, do math, and count money, which he always put to good use.  He wanted to join the high school football team but had to go to work.  He did sugaring every year since he was a kid.

Clifford was married to Florence for 74 years. They traveled to California to visit their daughter and family.  Even though a fan of the Braves, Clifford and his grandson watched the World Series in Candlestick Park until the lights went out.  It was the 1989 San Francisco Earthquake!  Clifford drove a Model A when there weren’t many automobiles around.  He preferred a Buick in later years and was disgusted with NHDMV when they wouldn’t renew his license on his 92nd birthday.

Clifford’s career as a saw filer was spent at Beebe River, a picturesque mill town, the pride of Draper Corporation.  He was very handy at sharpening saws and making or fixing things.  He made birdhouses for the bluebirds which returned every spring.  After retiring from Beebe River, Clifford worked for the Holderness School in the school post office.  He joined the Grange, Masons, Pemi Fish and Game, Campton Congregational Church, served on the Campton School Board, Bicentennial Committee, golfed, bowled, fished, hunted, and traveled.  He said that if a man looked him in the eye and shook his hand, he could trust him. He shared his vegetables from a big garden, took pride in the lilacs and forsythia and picked Mayflowers for Florence every year. 

Clifford is survived by his daughter, Pauline McCuin Gould and her husband, Robert Gould, their children, Cynthia and Blair, and grand daughters, Chiara and Marta, a son, Philip McCuin, and his wife, Rebecca, nieces and nephews.

There are no calling hours. 

A Memorial Service will be held at the Campton Congregational Church on Route 175 in Campton, New Hampshire on Saturday, May 31, 2008, at 2:00 p.m.

Burial will follow in the family lot in Blair Cemetery, Campton, NH

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Campton Congregational Church, PO Box 328, Campton, N.H. 03223.

Wilkinson-Beane Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H. is in charge of the arrangements. 


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