Frank C. StrattonApril 02,2013Frank C. Stratton
TURNERS FALLS, Mass. — Frank C. Stratton, 86, died Thursday, March 28, 2013, at Buckley Healthcare Center in Greenfield.
He was born July 20, 1926, in Northfield, Mass., the son of Clarence and Jenny (Saxton) Stratton.
He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII.
He was a truck driver for most of his life, retiring from Wheeler Trucking Co. in Rutland, Vt.
He married the former Shirley Olsen, who predeceased him in 2005. They lived in Rutland, Vt., for many years and he moved back to Turners Falls a few years ago.
He was known in the Rutland area as “Flip” the Clown, appearing at many special occasions.
He raced stock cars and was an avid collector of Hess Toy Trucks and clown memorabilia. He also enjoyed woodworking.
Survivors include three daughters, Sandra Marcy of Turner Falls, Pamela Stratton of Pueblo, Colo., and Tammy Stratton Aliseo of Palenville, N.Y.; three stepdaughters, Shirley LaFountaine of Enfield, Conn., and Rita English and Mary English, both of Rutland, Vt.; and two stepsons, Roger LaFontaine of West Springfield, Mass., and Eric LaFontaine of Rutland, Vt.; 29 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a daughter, Nancy (Stratton) Williams; a stepdaughter, Brenda Welch; and two stepsons, Edward and Gary LaFontaine.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Ave., Northfield, Mass. The Rev. Charles Bordonaro, pastor of the Northfield Baptist Church, will officiate. Burial with full military honors will follow in Farms Cemetery, Northfield.
Calling hours were Monday, April 1, at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Franklin Co., 329 Conway St., Suite 2, Greenfield, MA 01301.
To send condolences or for directions, visit www.kidderfuneralhome.com.
- Most Popular
- Most Emailed
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day 1739, 'Richard Palmer' identified in prison at York Castle as the notorious outlaw DICK TURPIN; IN 1836, Battle of the Alamo begins near San Antonio de Bexar, Texas; 1896, the Tootsie Roll invented by LEO HIRSCHFELD.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1472, Orkney, Shetland islands put up as collateral by Norway to Scotland in lieu of dowry for MARGARET OF DENMARK on her marriage with JAMES III, king of Scotland; 1962, JOHN GLENN first American to orbit Earth.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: City mayoral candidates debate campaign issues; Hartford, Conn., woman still missing; Neal Goswami reports attempts to legislate suicide; local woman loses 100 pounds through TOPS program.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1878, JOHN TUNSTALL murdered near Lincoln, New Mexico, by the outlaw JESSE EVANS; in 1930, ELM FARM OLLIE first cow to fly in aircraft, first to be milked airborne; 1955, nuke test WASP; '79, snow in Sahara.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: Rutland Herald News Editor Alan J. Keays and staff writer Gordon Dritschilo discuss stories planned for the February 18, 2015, edition of the newspaper: Winter budgets maxed, legal marijuana, Springfield bank job, USPS slowdown
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1249 AD, ANDRE of LONGJUMEAU is dispatched by LOUIS IX of France to meet the KHAGAN, ruler of the Mongol Empire; in 1804, during 1st Barbary War, STEPHEN DECATUR scuttles the pirate-held USS Philadelphia in Tripoli.