Clifford L. Ridlon Jr., 85

Clifford L. Ridlon Jr.

NORTH BRIDGTON — Clifford L. Ridlon Jr., 85, of North Bridgton, died Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013 in Bridgton Hospital after a period of failing health.

He was born in North Bridgton on Feb. 17, 1927, the son of Clifford L. and Maud (Haley) Ridlon Sr. He served his country for three years in the United States Army. Upon his discharge, he worked in his grandfather’s Sawmill in North Bridgton until 1952. Junior worked for several different places over the years. In 1970, he began his 25-year career with N.T. Fox Lumber Company in Bridgton, from which he retired in 1995.

Junior had a great love for his dogs and enjoyed walking them throughout town. Junior also loved raising horses out in the back fields. He will best be remembered for his storytelling abilities and he had many stories to share.

He was predeceased by his son, Samuel Ridlon and two sons-in-law, Ray Cross and Ronald McIver. Surviving are his wife of 68 years, Dorothy (Wyman) Ridlon; two sons, Clifford  L. Ridlon III and his wife Lynda, and John Ridlon; three daughters, Laurel Cross, Cynthia McIver, Linda Staples and her husband Vaughn; 12 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

A burial will take place in the spring in the North Bridgton Cemetery. Arrangements are in the care of the Johnson Funeral Home, North Berwick, Maine. Online condolences may be expressed at

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