GREENFIELD - Roland W. McCloud, age 96, passed away on Thursday (4-25-13) at home. He lived for many years in Buckland until his move six years ago, to Greenfield, where he made his residence with his nephew, Wallace McCloud and his wife Carmen, at 30-A Phyllis Lane.
Born in Colrain on January 4, 1917, he was the son of Clarence and Fannie McCloud. He grew up in Colrain, attending local schools, graduating from Arms Academy in the class of 1935. He served in the U.S. Army from 1942-1946, discharged with the rank of Staff Sergeant.
He was married to the former Luella Tetreault on April 28, 1941. His wife of 61 years predeceased him in 2001. He and Luella were members of St. Joseph's Parish in Shelburne Falls. Roland and Luella ran Luella's Antique Shop for 34 years from their home.
Roland worked for 42 years at the former Kendall Mills, retiring in 1979. He also worked for many years doing handyman, carpentry, masonry work and restoring old homes in the area. As a licensed plumber, he did heating and plumbing installations. His work as a talented tinsmith was in demand from New England to the Midwest.
In earlier years, he enjoyed hunting and photography. Since his retirement, he took up snowmobiling and was a member of the Buckland Riders Snowmobile Club. He was also an avid Red Sox fan and followed their games regularly.
Survivors include his son, Ronald McCloud and his wife Patricia of Greenville, FL; one granddaughter, Shannon Hettinger and her husband Dennis also of Greenfield; his grandson Dana of Gainesville, GA; four great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
At his request, calling hours will be omitted. Funeral services will be on Tuesday (4-30-13) at 10:00 a.m. at Johnson Funeral Home, 104 Bridge Street, Shelburne Falls with Fr. John A. Roach officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at West Branch Cemetery, Colrain.