MILLINOCKET - Our family and country is in mourning today. Our father and a veteran, Clair G. Patchell, died Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at the age of 93. He was raised on a farm in Smyrna Mills with his parents Manford Sr. and Margaret Patchell and two brothers and three sisters.
Dad served in the Navy as a Seaman 1st class and was in the invasion of Okinawa. His two brothers, Bert Patchell was in the Army serving in Germany, and Manford Patchell Jr. was also in the Army but was killed at the age of 19 while serving in Germany. Now it is no longer allowed to have three brothers serving at the same time.
After serving his time Dad returned home to marry the love of his life, Marion (Roach) Patchell they had many happy years together until her sudden passing in 1982.
They were devoted parents to their children and grand children. Dad always did special things for us and was a wonderful father.
He worked at Great Northern Paper Company for 38 years and watched when it when it was torn down. He said he never would have thought this would happen.
He is survived by his daughters, Sue Coburn, and Betty Perry and her husband Billy, all of Brownville Junction; two grandsons, Charles Coburn and wife Tricia, and Jay Coburn and finance Angela; two granddaughters Wendy Brown and husband James, and Darcy Jones and husband Dusty; three great grandsons Chuckie Coburn, and Alec and Mike Brown; five great granddaughters: Amanda, Alley, Jayla and Bailey Coburn, and Casey Jones. He also survived by his friend, companion and sidekick of thirty three years, Claudette Cyr and her children, Susanne Michaud, Danny and Mark Cyr, and his card playing buddies at the Vet"s, as well as a special neighbor and friend Paul Moir.
A special niece Marjory Davis and husband Dennis and her children Kevin Davis, Denise Salmon and Molly Crabb all of Connecticut, and a sister-in law Anna Patchell of Connecticut, and many more nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his only son: Clair "Buddy" Patchell, Jr. in 2007, brothers Bert and Manford "Jr" Patchell, and sisters: Phyllis Hersey, Alice Logan and Jean Leavitt.
We will miss our dear Dad and Gramp. Thanks for all the wonderful memories.
Interment, with military honors, will be held in the spring at Millinocket Cemetery. Gifts in memory of Clair may be sent to The Wounded Warrior Project, 150 Cambridge Park Drive, Suite 202
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02140. Arrangements are by Lamson Funeral Home, Millinocket. Messages of condolence may be expressed at www.lamsonfh.com.