Kenneth Edwin Claflin


Bangor - Kenneth Claflin, born November 19, 1933 in Boston, MA passed away May 12, 2019 at a healthcare facility in Bangor, ME surrounded by his loving wife and family members. Ken graduated from Attleboro (MA) High School before joining the U.S. Navy in 1952, and served on the USS Essex during the Korean War. After retiring from Engelhard Industries where he worked as an electroplater, he kept busy working part time until his wife Jean retired. They then moved to Millinocket where they stayed active with gardening, exploring the woods of the Katahdin region, and helping others.

Ken was predeceased by his mother Velma Claflin Cole, sister Janice Thompson, brother Gordon Cole, and stepson Richard Bourgeois.

He is survived by his wife Jean Pelchat Claflin, and his children and step children; Kathleen Gosselin of Plains, NJ, Ken Claflin and his wife Berkley Vallone of Providence, RI, Tim Claflin and his wife Diane of Crossville, TN, Karen Mitchell and her husband Sean of Rockland, MA, Tina Furlong and her husband John of Woodbury, NJ, Debbie Cuddeback and her husband Bill of Attleboro, MA, Joseph Bourgeois of Warwick, RI, Timothy Bourgeois and Zelia Carvahlo of Pawtucket, RI, AnnMarie Rush and her husband David of East Millinocket, ME, and Jeffrey Bourgeois and his wife Stacey of Glocester, RI. Ken was also a loving grandfather to twenty four children and great grandfather to five children.

Out of respect for Ken's wishes, there will be no funeral services. A burial will take place in the future at North Purchase Cemetery in North Attleboro, MA.
Published on May 18, 2019
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Brenda Richards
May 20, 2019
To: Jean Claflin & Family Members

So very sorry to learn about Ken passing away.
He will be missed by a lot of us living at Miller Square. He and Jean were my next door neighbors in the building. Ken always enjoyed playing Bingo every Tuesday night. I used to enjoy hearing him telling me about his military service and the places where he used to be stationed. Thanked him for his military services. Please know; that you are, all, in my thoughts and prayers during this time of loss. So glad to have called, Ken, a friend. God bless you, all.
Sincerely, B.R.
Christine Dirmeir
May 18, 2019
Dear Jean and family,
I'm so sorry for your loss.
He will be remembered for helping so many.
AnnMarie Rush
May 17, 2019