James F. Clish

James F. Clish
of Townsend; formerly of Ayer; 72

TOWNSEND -- James F. Clish, 72, of Townsend, died Wednesday, March 27, 2013, at Genesis Westford House, Westford.

Mr. Clish was born in Boston , August 2, 1940, the son of Charles and Lena (Greenough) Clish and has resided in Townsend for fifty years. He grew up in Ayer and was a 1958 graduate of Ayer High School.

For the past several years, Mr. Clish worked at Moore Enterprises in Townsend. Previously, he worked nearly thirty years at the Horn Packaging Company in Ayer and in the 1960's -- 1970's was a sergeant in the Townsend Police Department.

An active member of the Townsend Congregational Church, he held several positions with the church including church moderator, trustee as well as serving on the Church Outreach ministry.

He was a founding member of the Townsend Ecumenical Outreach program. Townsend Ecumenical Outreach (TEO) is a non-profit, all volunteer organization that provides emergency and temporary assistance to Townsend residents. Since its inception in 1984, Jim served as the organization's president and currently was serving as chairman of the board of directors. He was also instrumental in bringing Habitat for Humanity to the Fitchburg/Leominster Area and served on its Board for many years.

Throughout his lifetime Mr. Clish was the recipient of many awards and achievements. He was awarded the True Grit Award in 1995, the Haystack Award in 1996, and the Fitchburg State College's 100 Men Who Have Made a Difference. He was also the recipient of the Service and Leadership Award from the Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce and the William E. May Endowment Award in 2004.

Mr. Clish also served on the building committees for both the original Townsend Senior Center in 1997 and for the construction of the Fellowship hall of the Townsend Congregational Church. He was also a member of the Sandy Pond School Association in Ayer.

Mr. Clish enjoyed purchasing and restoring bicycles for children and truly felt that "every child should have a bike".

He leaves his wife of 34 years, Christine F. (Godin) Clish; a stepson, Steven J. Houle and his wife, Susan, of Salem , Virginia, three step granddaughters, Victoria Houle of North Carolina; Nicole and Alexandra of Virginia; a step grandson of Utah and a step great- granddaughter Kayla Houle of Utah. He also leaves several cousins including Laura Spicer of Colorado and Ron Greenough of Michigan.

CLISH -- Funeral services will be 11 am Saturday, April 6th at the Townsend Congregational Church, 3 Brookline Street Townsend. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery. There are no calling hours.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Townsend Ecumenical Outreach program, 82 Bayberry Hill Road, Townsend, MA 01469 www.tccucc.org/teo/index.htm or to the Townsend Congregational Church, PO Box 487, Townsend, MA 01469.

The T.J. Anderson & Son Funeral Home, 250 Main Street , Townsend is assisting the family with arrangements. Please see http://www.andersonfuneral.com/ for additional information.

Published in Lowell Sun on Apr. 2, 2013