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Russell J. Clough

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Russell John Clough, 83, of Clough Road, Stamford, Vt., died Friday, March 18, 2005, at the North Adams Regional Hospital, where he was admitted March 13.

He was born in North Adams, Sept. 17, 1921, son of the late Warren G. and Alberta (Strope) Clough. He attended the Stamford Elementary Schoo and was a graduate of Drury High School, North Adams, class of 1938. He was a graduate of the former Bliss Busines College, North Adams, and later attended Pennsylvania State University, where he studied engineering for the U.S. Army. He worked for the General Electric company in Schenectady, N.Y., before entering the U.S. Army. A veteran of World War II, he served in the Army from 1942 to 1945. He served in the Rhineland, Central Europe and Northern France. He was a Purple Heart and Bronze Star recipient.

After the war, he returned to General Electric for a brief periods when he lived in Schenectady and Lynn, Mass.

Active in community affairs, he served three years, 1954-1956, on the Stamford Board of Selectman. He was a longtime member of the town zoning board of adjustments, past master of the Stamford Valley Grange, a volunteer for the Stamford Volunteer Fire Department annual bazaar, a volunteer tax return assistant for Vermont residents and taught business courses in the evening at General Electric during his employment with the company.

He was a member of the Stamford Community Church. In earlier years, he and his wife enjoyed traveling to Europe, South America and several camping and February ski vacations in Canada. He also enjoyed golf, hunting and fishing.

His wife, the late Mae A. (Betit) Clough, whom he married May 16, 1942, died Dec. 17, 2000. He is survived by two daughters, Sandra C. Howard and her husband John of Watertown and Tracy C. Markland of Charlemont; a brother, Arnold R. Clough and his wife Florence of Bradenton, Fla.; his dear companion, Shirley Dill of Adams, Mass.; and four nephews, Raymond Schubnel of Long Island, N.Y., Ronald Schubnel of Plainville, Mass., Arnold R. Clough Jr. of Rutland, Vt., and Richard C. Clough of Annapolis, Md. He was predeceased by a sister, Edith C. Schubnel.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 22, 2005, in the Stamford Community Church. William R. Wilson, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in the spring in Millard Cemetery, Stamford. Calling hours at the Auge-San Soucie-Simmons Funeral Home, North Adams, will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations in Russell’s memory be made to the Stamford Community Church through the funeral home, 46 North Church St., 01247.
Published in Bennington Banner on Mar. 18, 2005
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