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John Francis "Jack" Clabby II

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John Francis "Jack" Clabby II Obituary
"May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be ever at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face and the rain fall softly on your fields. And until we meet again, May God hold you in the hollow of his hand." An Irish Blessing.

Mystic - John "Jack" Francis Clabby II, born on Dec. 23, 1928, to Walter and Helen (Bundy) Clabby of Norwich, passed away at home April 14, 2014. He attended Norwich Free Academy, served in the U.S. Army during World War II, and became a dedicated lineman for CL&P for 40 years.

After marrying Patricia O'Neil at St. Peter and Paul's in Norwich, in 1951, Jack and Patty moved to River Road in Mystic to start a family. She predeceased him in 1995.

Jack was a lover of outdoor sports. He enjoyed fishing, boating, playing ball, golfing, and always appreciated a good barbecue. He was very grateful to be able to spend his entire life near the water. Jack often said that he and the river were one.

Jack and Pat were founding and passionate members of the Mystic Pilgrim Prayer Group. He was also a member of the Portuguese Holy Ghost Society and the Knights of Columbus.

He was also predeceased by his only sibling, brother Bill Clabby of Maryland.

He is survived by sisters-in-law, Marion "Sis" O'Neil of Bozrah, Barbara Caruso and husband, Jim, of Georgia; brothers-in-law, Tom O'Neil and wife, Shirley, of Waterford, Skip O'Neil and wife, Rae, of Bozrah. The spirit of Jack lives on through his eight children, Catherine McQuarrie and husband, Tom, of Waterford, Reverend Colleen Clabby of Mystic, Constance Clabby and wife, Pam Laramie, of Niantic, Cynthia Battista and husband, Ronnie, of Noank, Caryn Christianson and husband, Robert, of Las Vegas, John Clabby and wife, Julie, of Georgia, Clare Rogers and husband, Paul, of Mystic, and Jim Clabby and wife, Marilee, of Groton. Jack was very proud of his nine grandchildren, Kristine, Greg, Corinne, Stephene, Mitch, Josh, Margo, Abby, and Megan; and 10 great-grandchildren.

All who have known him enjoyed his enthusiasm for crossword puzzles and his generosity of spirit.

His family will greet relatives and friends from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, April 18, 2014, at the Dinoto Funeral Home, 17 Pearl St., Mystic. A funeral service will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 19, at the funeral home, followed by burial in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Norwich.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Avalonia Land Conservancy Inc., PO Box 49, Old Mystic, CT 06372.

To share a message of condolence or remembrance with the family, please visit www.dinotofuneral.com.
Published in The Day on Apr. 16, 2014
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