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Clifton Chisholm

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Clifton W. Chisholm 1916-2011 PITTSFIELD Clifton W. Chisholm, formerly of Eleanor Road, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, passed away at Berkshire Medical Center on December 30, 2011, after a brief illness. One of six children of Joseph and Emily Lombard Chisholm, Mr. Chisholm was born in East Hiram, Maine, on May 19, 1916. Mr. Chisholm was married to the late Frances Rich whom he married on October 5, 1946. She passed away in April 1996 after almost 50 years of marriage. Mr. Chisholm was a 1934 graduate of Cornish (Maine) High School, as well as a 1947 graduate of Bliss Electric School in Tacoma Park, Md. He was employed by the General Electric Company in Pittsfield, Mass. for 32 years before retiring in 1979. Known as "Chis" throughout his career, most of his years at GE were in the Transformer Testing Section as a Transformer Electrical Testing Specialist. Part of his role was to travel throughout the United States assisting GE customers with transformer integration problems. In recognition for his accomplishments, in 1978 he received a managerial award for his work at Detroit Edison. Also that year, he was one of only 60 GE employees in the United States to receive the Special GE Steuben Crystal Centennial Sculpture award for his work at Texas Power and Light. Following his retirement, he assisted GE by traveling to Israel to help resolve transformer integration issues. He also took several assignments with Charles T. Main in 1979 as an inspector and transformer consultant, traveling throughout the western United States, Canada, and Mexico. A veteran of World War II from January 1942 to January 1946, he served in the U.S. Army, first as a Tech Sgt. and chief electrician in the San Francisco Bay area, and later with the Engineer Company Battalion in the European and American Philippine Theatres. During his service, he received the American Theatre Campaign Ribbon, European African ribbon, Middle Eastern Theatre Campaign ribbon, Asiatic Pacific Theater Campaign ribbon, the Philippine Liberation Ribbon, and the Good Conduct Medal, before being honorably discharged from the Army in February 1946. He was a member of American Legion Post 68 of Pittsfield, Mass. Mr. Chisholm is survived by his three children, Brian Chisholm of Largo, Fla., Gary Chisholm, of Houston, Texas, and Sherry Supranowicz of Lenox. Mass.; his son-in-law, Ron Supranowicz of Lenox, Mass.; and three grandchildren, Derek Supranowicz of Richmond, Va., Alyssa Supranowicz of Jupiter, Fla., and Bret Supranowicz of Brooklyn, N.Y. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews including Nancy Tirrill of Florida, and Diann Perkins and Suzanne Medora of Maine. He was pre-deceased by his sisters, Nathelene Watson and Beatrice Loring, and brothers, Morris, Edmund, and Russell Chisholm. The family would like to thank the staff and his friends at Laurel Lake Assisted Living for their kindness and care during their father's stay. FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral services for Clifton W. Chisholm will be held Tuesday, January 3, 2012, at 11 a.m., at DERY FUNERAL HOME with Rev. Dr. Robert M. Rennie officiating. Burial will follow in Pittsfield Cemetery. Calling hours will be Monday, from 4 to 7 p.m, at the Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Mr. Chisholm may be made to the Pittsfield Boys and Girls Club Alumni Association or to the Lee Regional Visiting Nurse Association in care of the Funeral Home, 54 Bradford Street, Pittsfield.

Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Dec. 31, 2011
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