John N. Cluff Sr.

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John N. Cluff Sr., 85
KENNBUNKPORT - John N. Cluff Sr., 85, a lifetime resident of Kennebunk-port and a former road commissioner for the town, died suddenly Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, while attending the Fryeburg Fair with his family.
John was born Sept. 14, 1932, in Kennebunkport, the son of Edgar Wilbur and Jessie Perkins Cluff. He attended Kennebunkport schools.
He began working at the young age of 10, riding around Kennebunkport in a horse-drawn wagon, cleaning the roadways. He worked as a gardener for Irvin Corneally in town, and when he became of age, began working with the State Highway Department as a plowman and heavy equipment operator, retiring after 30 years from MDOT out of the Kennebunk garage. Not through working, six month later he took a short-term job as the road commissioner for the town of Kennebunkport, from which he retired 10 years later, only to start working for Richard Lovejoy Builders.
John only recently fully retired, which allowed him time to enjoy hunting, fishing, gardening, attending fairs and going to the horse tracks.
He was a member of and had received his 50-year medal from Arundel Lodge # 76 AF & AM in Kennebunkport, and was a longtime board member of the Arundel Cemetery Association, and the Maine State Employees Association.
He was predeceased by his son, John N. Cluff Jr., in 2000.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Janet Leach Cluff, of Kennebunkport; a son, Jody Ernest Cluff, and his partner Marie Green, of Saco; a daughter, J. Robin Cluff Lovejoy, and her husband Richard, of North Berwick; a sister, Mary Bickford, of Kennebunkport; grandchildren, Tari Hodgkins and her husband Stephen, of Biddeford; and Ryan Cluff, of Kennebunkport; great-grandchildren, Maranda Hodgkins, and her partner Joseph Crowe; and Tyler Hodgkins; and a great-great-granddaughter, Callie Crowe, all of Biddeford.
Visiting hours will be held from 10 a.m.-noon Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, at Bibber Memorial Chapel, Kennebunk, followed by a Masonic service and funeral service with Reverend Charles Whiston officiating, at noon. Interment will be in the Arundel Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements are in care of Bibber Memorial Chapel, 67 Summer St., Kennebunk. To share a memory or leave a message of condolence, visit John's Book of Memories Page at:

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Bibber Memorial Chapel
67 Summer Street
Kennebunk, ME 04043
(207) 985-2752
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Oct. 5, 2017
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