Andover, MA — Clayton A. Crotch, 85, of Andover, passed away peacefully Thursday, April 25, 2013 at his home surrounded by his family.
Clayton was born on October 7, 1927 in Leominster, MA., to Ernest and Adelaide (Anderson) Crotch. After graduating from Johnson High School, North Andover, MA., Clayton entered the U.S. Coast Guard and served from July 31, 1945 until he was honorably discharged on May 20, 1946.
Later, he would continue his military career by entering the Naval Reserves, serving from 1948 to 1952.
Clayton began his career at New England Telephone Company as an installer in the Installation and Maintenance Group. From there he held various managerial positions including supervisor, plant manager and district manager. In his time off, Clayton was a proud member of the Masons, Clan MacPherson, and The Telephone Pioneers.
Aside from a love of golf, some of Claytons other hobbies and interests included hunting, spending time at the beach, traveling, cooking and creating his own specialties, watching his grandchildren’s sporting events, and accompanying them to Disney.
Clayton was also an avid antique collector, a hobby that he then shared twice each year with fellow collectors at the Brimfield, MA., antique show.
Clayton is survived by his loving wife of 63 years Evelyn (Shipp) Crotch, son Gary C. Anderson and his wife Deborah of Windham, NH., daughters Linda L. Cronin and her husband Donald of Andover, MA., and Leslie M. Rosas and her husband Belisario of Andover, MA., as well as eight grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, 2 step grandchildren, and 1 step great-grandchild.
ARRANGEMENTS: Friends and relatives are invited to call on Monday, April 29th, from 3-7pm at the Charles Dewhirst Andover Funeral Home, 33 Pearson St., Andover, MA. Funeral services will be held the following day, Tuesday, April 30th, at 11am at the West Parish Church, Andover, MA. Burial will follow in the West Parish Garden Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Merrimack Valley Hospice, Lawrence, MA., or a charity of ones choice.
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