Donald "Clarke" Appleton, 77, of Ashford, Conn., passed away on October 6, 2012, at Mansfield Center For Nursing and Rehabilitation surrounded by his loving family.
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He was predeceased by his mother, Anna Appleton Quinn and father Hubert Appleton. He is survived by his brother Hubert Appleton and his wife Edith of Canterbury, Conn., his sisters, Joan M. Catlin of Ashford, and Anna Sousi of Waterford; his loving daughter Joann Appleton and precious granddaughter, Miss Morgan Lallo both of Pawcatuck; his caring and devoted nephew Arthur Yanke and wife Linda of Ashford, their three children Lindsay, Sterling and Luke, his adoring nieces, little Edie and Beth and so many more loving nieces and nephews. Uncle Clarke loved his family and life!
He was born in Providence on Nov. 11, 1934. In 1953 he graduated from Stonington High School where he was the star quarterback football player and four years class president. After high school he served in the U.S. Air Force. Later he lived in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and became a director at Elms Senior Housing. After retirement he resided in Tampa, Fla., for twenty years. In 2010 he moved to Ashford, to be closer to family and his sister Joan. His family loved having him close by - we always had many laughs and stories to tell.
A public Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 10:00 am at St. Philip The Apostle Church, Rte. 44, Ashford. A private burial will later follow at St. Mary's Cemetery, Stonington.
In lieu of flowers please make donations in Donald's memory to VNA East, 34 Ledgebrook Dr., Mansfield, Ct. 06250 or Mansfield Center For Nursing & Rehabilitation, 100 Warren Circle, Storrs, CT, 06068. For an online memorial guestbook, please visit www.potterfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Westerly Sun from Oct. 10 to Oct. 11, 2012