GUILFORD - Clifford "Fud" Leighton went to be with the Lord Dec. 26, 2012, at the age of 85. He was born March 19, 1927, in Willimantic.
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He was proud to serve in the U.S. Navy during World War II and in the Naval Reserves afterward. He was a true patriot and to him, all other jobs with Guilford Industries, Hardwood Products, Electrolux, etc. paled in comparison to the importance of this service. Clifford loved his family and friends and was devoted to his wife of nearly 63 years, Gloria Leighton. He was a member of Guilford United Methodist Church and worked alongside Gloria on many projects there, as well as at Mayo Regional Hospital, where he volunteered for 12 years. In addition to Meals for ME, he was involved with the Eastern Area Agency on Aging, RSVP and was a member of the American Legion.
Clifford is survived by his daughter, Vicki Corrington and her husband, Ben, of Camden; two sons, Bob Leighton and his wife, Marilyn, of Buchanan, Ga., and Dale Leighton and his wife, Diana, of Union; a brother, Alton Leighton and his wife, Marilyn, of Guilford; many nieces, nephews, family members and friends who were special to him. "Fud" was predeceased by his loving wife, Gloria Leighton; his mother, Myrtle Hill Leighton; father, Clifford Leighton Sr.; his brothers, Elwin and Virgil Leighton; and sister, Evelyn Demmons.
Friends may call 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 30, at Crosby & Neal, 21 Oak St., Guilford. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 31, at Guilford United Methodist Church with Pastor Stephen Dean officiating. Spring burial will be at Lawn Cemetery, Guilford. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Guilford United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 267, Guilford, ME 04443, for the renovation of the fellowship hall in memory of Clifford Leighton. Donations will be added to the fund in memory of Gloria Leighton so they can complete the job together. For an online guest register, go to www.CrosbyNeal.com.
Published in BDN Maine on Dec. 28, 2012