Robert James "Spanky" Clingan

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Robert (Bob) Clingan, "Spanky", of St. Augustine, Fla., passed away on Friday, June 6, 2014, after a long illness with Parkinson's. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend to many. He was born on August 31, 1929, in Marlborough, Mass. and grew up in Hudson, Mass.

He served during World War II in the U.S. Army in Japan; and was decorated with a Victory Medal and Army of Occupational Medal.

In 1953, he married Ann Jean Ercolani of Marlborough MA; and they raised their family of three beautiful children, Holly, Laurie and Rick.

He was an accomplished musician, loved to sing and played acoustic bass. He loved Frank Sinatra tunes, jazz, swing and sambas. He played with the George Dupont Band, The Bel-Aires, Randy Rando Band, George Perkins Band and many others.

He worked for New England Telephone Company in Massachusetts and AT&T in Florida; and retired after 32 years of service at age 54. He attended Northeastern University in Massachusetts.

He was predeceased in death by his parents, Frederic J. Clingan Sr. (1975) and Mary C. Berry Clingan (1979); his brother Frederic J. Clingan Jr. (2000); and his wife of 36 years, Ann Ercolani Clingan (1989).

In December 1991 he married his childhood friend, Ann (Annie) Frances Quintin of Hudson MA, and they resided happily together through their golden years in St. Augustine, Fla. They were married 23 years.

He was loved by many and had a wonderful sense of humor. He was admired for his wisdom, loved the outdoors and life itself. He enjoyed reading and was a history buff. He was a loving and very special father, grandfather and husband.

He leaves behind to cherish his memories his three beloved children; Holly Donahue; Laurie Clingan Darack and her husband Joel, Rick Clingan and his wife Jamie; and his six precious grandchildren; Ashley Clingan of Los Angeles CA; Shane Donahue of Orlando Fla. and his father Gary Donahue; Blake Clingan of Washington DC; Carly Clingan of Coral Springs Fla.; Sophie Clingan Darack of Boston Massachusetts; Lily Clingan Darack of St. Augustine Fla.; his loving wife Ann (Annie) Frances Clingan; his dear sister Jeanne Clingan McGrath and her husband William McGrath of Marlborough MA; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and close friends.

He requested that no services be held, and will be buried in Marlborough, MA. In his memory and in lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation.
Published in St. Augustine Record on June 14, 2014
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