In Memory of Charles Clough, Jr.

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Charles W. Clough of Manchester, New Hampshire March 21, 1929 - July 29, 2021

Lt. Col. Charles W. Clough, USMCR, 92, of Manchester, NH, passed away July 29, 2021, at Villa Crest Nursing Home.

Charles, “Charlie,” “Chuck,” a native son of New Hampshire, was born in Manchester on March 21, 1929, to Charles W. Clough, Sr. and Elizabeth (Byrne) Clough.

Charles was raised in Manchester and attended Saint Joseph High School. He left high school at 15 and attempted to join the Marines before being sent home as he was too young. Two years later, he was able to join the United States Marine Corps, serving during World War II, the Korean War, and serving in Vietnam in 1968. He would eventually retire from the Marine Corp with thirty-two years of service.

After his first four years of enlistment, he returned to Manchester to pursue his bachelor’s degree from New England College. After college, he re-enlisted with the goal of becoming a Marine Corp officer, and would also meet his future wife and love of his life, Ruth Carson. Ruth and Chuck together would travel from base to base as he pursued his Marine Corps career. From Camp Lejeune, to Quantico, to Camp Pendleton, Ruth was always with him

In the early 60’s Charles moved his family to Costa Mesa, California, before returning to Manchester in 1978 where he would live for the remainder of his life.

Upon retiring from the Marines, Charles would serve some twenty years in the US Postal Service, most of that time as a letter carrier in Manchester.

Charles was a husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend to many. In his later years he would spend half the year at his residence in Largo, Florida. He was a longtime member of many clubs and organizations in Manchester, but the Henry J. Sweeney Post, where he served as Post Commander in 1958, was dearest to his heart. Until he could no longer, Charles could be seen many afternoons at the Post visiting and socializing with friends at the “Table of Knowledge.”

Charles was an avid New England sports fan, and watched, suffered, and celebrated with the Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics, and Bruins.

Charles was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Elizabeth (Byrne); his wife, Ruth (Carson); sister Constance; and son Scott. He is survived by his sister, Janice; son, Bill; and daughter, Elizabeth; daughters-in-law, Stacy and Sara; grandchildren, Courtney, Katie, Bryan, Kasey and Jeffrey; great- grandchildren, Madison, Jeffrey, Reef and Charlotte; and many nieces and nephews.

Profound thanks to staff at Villa Crest Nursing and Retirement Center for the loving care extended to our father.

Services: There are no calling hours.

The funeral will be held Friday, August 6, 2021, with a mass of Christian burial to be celebrated at 10 AM in Saint Catherine of Siena Church, 207 Hemlock Street, corner of Webster Street, Manchester, NH. Military honors will follow in the church.

The Connor-Healy Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 537 Union Street, Manchester, NH is assisting the family.

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