FLORENCE - Clyde E. Morrell, 94, of Florence, died peacefully Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, at the Calvin Coolidge Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
Born in Sturbridge, he was the son of the late Eugene and Edith Sarah (Moulton) Morrell. He grew up and lived in Sturbridge until his 30s.
Clyde began his career as a draftsman at the American Optical Company in Southbridge where he would meet his future wife Arlene.
Due to health reasons, he was unable to serve in the Armed Forces during World War II
, but supported the war effort by working as a civil servant for the Department of the Navy in the naval shipyard at Hunters Point in San Francisco, Calif.
In 1953 he came to Florence to work as an engineer at the Pro Brush Company and retired from there in 1986.
He was an active member of the Florence Congregational Church frequently serving as an usher on Sunday mornings. Clyde was an honest, loyal and hardworking family man. He treated everyone with kindness and respect and was frequently described as a "true gentleman".
As a young man and into middle age he enjoyed exploring the outdoors, fishing and hunting. Throughout all of his life he especially enjoyed traveling, reading and doing crossword puzzles. He loved to tinker with mechanical things, work in his yard or garden, and was a "jack of all trades" when it came to building or fixing things around the house, but he was at his happiest when he was with his family. Clyde's wife Arlene (Tackson) Morrell passed away in 2009.
He is survived by his daughter Marilyn Cahill of Easthampton; his son and daughter-in-law Mark and Margaret Morrell of South Windsor, Conn.; his grandchildren Paul Cahill and his wife Gretchen, Jeffrey Cahill and his wife Brandi, Laura Morrell and James Morrell; his great-grandchildren Sella and Carly Cahill; and several nieces and nephews, their children and grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his brothers Kenneth and Warren.
Clyde's funeral will be Monday, Oct. 14, at 10:30 a.m. at the Ahearn Funeral Home. Burial will be private.
Calling hours will precede the funeral Monday from 9 to 10:30 a.m.
Donations in Clyde's memory may be made to Care Alternatives Hospice, 100 Locke Drive, Marlborough, MA 01752.
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