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BRIDGES, Clifton "Kippy" Nelson

Clifton "Kippy" Nelson Bridges, 80, of Granby and formerly of Simsbury, passed away on Friday, (March 15, 2013) in Windsor. Born in Lubec, ME on October 25, 1932, son of the late Russell and Edith (Ramsdell) Bridges, he had lived in Lubec, ME before moving to Connecticut 57 years ago. Kippy worked for over 35 years at Westminster School in Simsbury and he and his wife lived on the campus and raised their children there. Kippy served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was honorably discharged in 1956. He was a talented musician and as a young man, he sang and played guitar in a country western band throughout Connecticut. In his free time when he wasn't playing his guitar, he enjoyed watching the UConn Women's Basketball team and his favorite baseball team the Boston Red Sox. Kippy looked forward each year to going to see his family in Maine and his daughters on Campobello Island in Canada. Kippy was able to make one final trip back home to Lubec this past summer where he stayed with his niece Betty and her husband Richard Cantlon and was treated like royalty. He was constantly surrounded by friends and family who were often lucky enough to hear Kip sing and play his guitar. One of his lasting legacies will be Uncle Kippy's Restaurant in Lubec, ME, which his nephew George Olson and his wife Sonia opened over 20 years ago. He loved being in the great outdoors, spending time on the beach, and having barbeques with his family and friends. He leaves a son, Colby Bridges and his wife Robin of South Windsor; three daughters, Sherrill Mills and her husband Donald of Campobello Island, Canada, Debbie Mitchell of Campobello Island, Canada, and Terry Bridges of Simsbury; seven grandchildren, Jason Mitchell and his wife Amanda, Dennis Mitchell, Kelly Senatro and her husband James, Dana Bridges, Danielle Carlson, Renee Carlson, and Samuel Carlson; three great-grandchildren, Brandon and Simon Mitchell and Liam James Senatro. Besides his wife, he was predeceased by a brother, Guy Bridges; and three sisters, Mary Blake, Mildred Wilcox, and Ina Olson.
His family will receive friends on Thursday, March 21, 6-8 p.m., at the Carmon Windsor Funeral Home, 807 Bloomfield Ave., Windsor. A Memorial Mass will be Celebrated on Friday, March 22, 10 a.m., at Trinity Episcopal Church, 11 Church St., Tariffville. Burial will be in Olson Cemetery, Lubec, ME. The family has requested that memorial donations be made to the , CT Chapter, 2075 Silas Deane Hwy, Suite 100 Rocky Hill, CT 06067 or by visiting www.alz.org/ct/donate. For online condolences please visit www.carmonfuneralhome.com.

Published in The Hartford Courant on Mar. 20, 2013
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