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Clifford D. Montague

Worcester - Clifford D. Montague Jr., 85, of Worcester, died Thursday, December 8, 2016 at the Holy Trinity Nursing Center.

His wife of 51 years, Carol M. (Toomey) Montague, died in 2007.

He leaves three children, Maureen E. Caramello and her husband Anthony of Worcester, Michele A. Montague and Ronald Christiansen of Rutland, and William J. and his wife Lisa Montague of Rutland, a son-in-law, Russell J. Simmarano Jr. of Worcester; eight grandchildren, Sarah and Daniel Caramello, Laura Ellsessar, Christina and Michael Simmarano, and Kathleen, Timothy and Patrick Montague; a brother, James Montague of Shrewsbury, two sisters, Barbara Montague-Myrick of Bristol, Tenn. and Sharon Owens of Olive Branch, Miss.; and many nieces and nephews.

His daughter Suzanne Simmarano and his granddaughter Nicole died in 1998, and his granddaughter Elizabeth died in 1981. His brother Ronald Montague died in 1959.

Cliff was born in Townsend son of Clifford D. and Winifred (Hennessey) Montague. He moved to Worcester in 1940.

He was a graduate of North High School and Worcester State Teachers College.

Cliff was an elementary school teacher in the Worcester Public Schools for 35 years, retiring in 1992. He taught for many years at the Grafton St. School and Union Hill School. He also coached athletic teams at the Mill Swan School for many years. He was an inspiring teacher and mentor who influenced the future lives of hundreds of young students.

Cliff believed in the value of academic and physical education. He walked several miles every day. He played sports throughout his life including softball with friends as long as they could field a team. When softball was impractical, he kept up the camaraderie of his friends by playing cards. He was a longtime member of St. George's Church.

Cliff was a humble and honorable person who will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

The funeral will be held on Monday, December 12, from the Athy Memorial Home, 111 Lancaster St., Worcester, with a Mass at 11 a.m. in St. George's Church, 38 Brattle St., Worcester. Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery. There are no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the Alzheimer's Association, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472.


Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Dec. 9 to Dec. 11, 2016.
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