Douglas M. Claflin Sr.

January 16, 2012

ADAMS, N.Y.  —  Douglas M. Claflin Sr., 85, of Liberty Street, passed away Saturday, Jan. 14, at Samaritan Medical Center, Watertown, where he had been a patient for one week.  He had been a resident of the Samaritan Keep Home for a month. 

Graveside services will be held in the spring in Elmwood Cemetery, Adams. There are no calling hours. Arrangements are with the Carpenter-Stoodley Funeral Home, Belleville.

Born Sept. 4, 1926, in the town of Ellisburg, a son of Elmer and Minnie Moore Claflin, he served with the Army during World War II from 1945 to 1947.  

He married Florence Failing on Sept. 21, 1947, in the town of Ellisburg.   

Mr. Claflin was an administrative manager for Westinghouse Electric Supply in Watertown for 36 years retiring in 1984.  He owned and operated Doug’s Sharp All Shop for 27 years, turning the shop over to his son Douglas, Jr. in 2010.  

He was a life member of the Adams VFW. 

Surviving are his wife, Florence; a daughter, Sandra Panetta; a son and his wife, Douglas Jr. and Lynn Claflin; a grandson, Brandon Douglas Claflin, all of Adams; several nieces and nephews.  

Three brothers, Carl, William and Winifred, two sisters, Vera Denny and Ruth Glazier and a son-in-law, Ernest Panetta, all died before him.

Contributions may be made to the SPCA, 25056 Water St. Ext., Watertown, NY  13601. 

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Information provided by Carpenter-Stoodley Funeral Home and Newzjunky, Watertown, N.Y.