HATFIELD - Earl Lewis Corliss, 80, of Hatfield, passed away Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, at his home.
Born in West Newbury, Vt., he was the eldest son of William A. Corliss and Jennie E. (Thurston) Corliss. He was a graduate of Newbury High School in Newbury, Vt.
Coming from a small family himself, Earl is survived by a large family who will miss his great sense of humor and infectious smile dearly. He leaves his loving wife of 53 years, Donna (Daniels) and his children Bob Corliss of Provo, Utah, Liz Nieves and Mark Laprade of Easthampton, Anne and Steve Carrington of Becket, Linda and Ralph Hansen of Paul, Idaho, Peter and Cora Corliss of Lake Pleasant, and David and Bridget Corliss of Windsor Locks, Conn. He also leaves behind 15 grandchildren, Ashley, Nelson, Yaslin, Jason, Mandy, Laura, Joel, Sara, Dan, Wade, Whitney, Johnny, Andrea, Cam, Maggie and Lily, as well as three great-grandchildren, Nicholas, Brooklyn and Logan. Additionally, he is survived by his younger brother Everett Corliss of Dexter, N.Y.; his brother-in-law Larry Daniels and his wife Donna of Corsicana, Texas; and sister-in-law Alicia Stewart and her wife Donna Ginga of Northampton; as well as several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents, his mother-in-law Celia K. Daniels, father-in-law Ned N. Daniels, his brother-in-law Allen N. Daniels, as well as 17 aunts and uncles.
Earl and Donna moved several times between Vermont and Massachusetts before settling in Hatfield in 1971 to raise their family. He joined the Town of Newbury Highway Department out of high school before moving into the dairy business, spending the majority of his career at Idlenot Dairy and H.P. Hood.
Earl was a friend to all and known to be very sociable. Always in a good mood and happy to see family and friends, he enjoyed country and polka music, Red Sox baseball and attending annual family reunions in East Corinth, Vt. His positive outlook on life will be missed by all who had the good fortune of knowing such a kind man.
Calling hours are Thursday, Jan. 9, from 4 to 7 p.m. on at the Ahearn Funeral Home in Northampton, with a memorial service Friday, Jan. 10, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. The burial will follow at the Main Street Cemetery in Hatfield.
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Ahearn Funeral Home
783 Bridge Road Northampton, MA 01060
Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette from Jan. 8 to Jan. 9, 2014