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ARLINGTON -- Floyd “Jack” McClafferty, of Arlington, peacefully passed away on Nov. 3, 2007, at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center at the age of 77. Born on June 1, 1930, at Egley Farm in Kittanning, Pa., he was the son of the late Joseph and Blanche (Stivison) McClafferty.

He enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1947 and was the weatherman for U.S. forces during the Berlin Airlift after World War II. He rose to the rank of staff sergeant and was honorably discharged on Nov. 1, 1951, and his awards included the Good Conduct Medal, the German Occupation Medal and the Berlin Airlift Medal.

He married Mildred Kallas on Nov. 14, 1951, who preceded him in death on Sept. 3, 1972. He married Alice White on May 7, 1976, who preceded him in death in Jan. 4, 2000, after a long illness.

Jack worked for 33 years with the IBM Corporation in both Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and Boca Raton, Fla., facilities in the Accounting, Payroll and Warehousing departments and was a member of the IBM Quarter Century Club. He retired in 1985 and moved to Santee, S.C. He enjoyed golfing and fishing there and his grandson would visit during the summers. Jack was a great party organizer and hosted many parties at the Santee Cooper Country Club. The big event of the year for him and the neighbors was the 4th of July fireworks at his house on the lake. In 2005 he moved to Arlington to be near his youngest son Steven. Jack continued to enjoy fishing, golfing, playing the accordion, mowing his son’s lawn and watching “Big Joe Polka.” He was a member of the American Legion and a communicant at St. Margaret Mary’s Church, both in Arlington.

Survivors include his two sisters, Alice Dickman and Dorothy Collar both of Kittanning, Pa.; two sons, Michael and his wife Barbara McClafferty of Killeen, Texas; Steven McClafferty of Arlington; a step daughter Judith Alley and her husband John of Jonesboro, Ga., and a step son James White of Salt Point, N.Y. In addition he leaves his grandson Michael McClafferty and his wife Kayelene of Denver, Colo.; seven granddaughters, Meghan McClafferty of Boston, Maura and Katherine McClafferty of Manchester; Ashley, Kierston and Alicia Meeks and Olivia Alley of Jonesboro, Ga; two great-granddaughters Genevieve and Vishelle McClafferty of Killeen, Texas; a brother-in-law Chris Kallas and his wife Barbara of Marietta, Ga.; several nieces and nephews in Pennsylvania and Georgia.

Dad will be greatly missed and his sense of humor will remain with us all.

Graveside services will be held Saturday, Nov. 10, 2007, at St. Peter’s Cemetery in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., at 2 p.m. There will be no calling hours. Memorial donations may be made to the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation, 160 Hospital Drive, Bennington, Vermont 05201. Services are under arrangement of Mahar and Son of Bennington.
Published in Bennington Banner on Nov. 7, 2007
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