Clayton Richardson

EAST FRYEBURG — Clayton “Clayt” Richardson, 80, of Stanley Hill Road, passed away suddenly on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011 at Bridgton Hospital.

He was born on Oct. 29, 1931 in East Fryeburg, a son of Warren and Laura "Hill" Richardson. He lived in East Fryeburg his entire life. He attended the one-room schoolhouse in East Fryeburg and graduated from Fryeburg Academy in 1950. He married Dorothy Bennett in 1951 and they had 46 happy years together before she passed in 1997.

Clayt was always working, farming, cutting wood, and puttering around. He was always busy. He spent most of his on-the-clock years at Fred. P. Saunder's Dowel Mill in Bridgton. He retired from the mill in 1993 to care for his beloved wife, who was battling cancer.

Clayt enjoyed riding his 4-wheeler and snow machines. The daily 4-wheeler ride to the beaver dam with his brother David had kept him busy for years. He was a member of Denmark Dragger Snowmobile Club and helped build and maintain trails and bridges. There is a special bridge on a snowmobile trail in Denmark named in his honor. He enjoyed going on snow machine rides with his friend Trucker and grandson Matt. He always said that he got to see a lot of places that he wouldn't have been able to see without his snow machine. All of his adult life Clayt enjoyed keeping a daily journal, in which he wrote all about the weather and what was going on in his life and his families' daily lives. He will be sadly missed by all.

He is predeceased by his parents; his wife; three bothers, Donald, Francis, and Harold, all from Fryeburg; and by a grandson, Matthew Young of Albany, Vermont.

He is survived by three daughters, Gloria Pingree and husband Tom of Denmark; Sharon Pendexter and husband Harry of East Conway, N.H.; Jane Warren and partner Steven of Brownfield; and his stepson Howard Perkins and wife Beverly of East Fryeburg; his brother David Richardson and wife Martha of East Fryeburg; his sister Hilda Barker and husband Richard of South Casco; six grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and many nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be held Friday, Dec. 16, 2011 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Wood Funeral Home, 9 Warren Street, Fryeburg, Maine. A private graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his memory to The Denmark Draggers Snowmobile Club, P.O. Box 103, Denmark, ME 04022. Arrangements are with Wood Funeral Home, Fryeburg. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.woodfuneralhome.org

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