OBITUARY: Edward L. Clogston, 93

Below is an obituary from Douglass, Edgerely & Bessom Funeral Home:

WILMINGTON, MA — Edward L. Clogston, 93, of Wilmington, MA, passed away on Dec. 24, 2021 following a brief illness.

Ed grew up in Rosedale, NY., the son of Albert and Lillian (Price) Clogston. Ed was a graduate of Dartmouth College (class of ‘49), where he majored in economics. He met his wife Marjorie Warren in Hanover, NH, where she was studying nursing at Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital. They married on New Year’s Day 1950 in North Pomfret, VT, and would be married for almost 72 years.

After college, Ed worked in sales management in the life insurance industry. He worked for Aetna Life and Casualty for 21 years, first in Manhattan and later in Hartford, CT.

Whie living in New York, Ed was active as a Mason. He served as Master of the Springfield Gardens Lodge in 1966. Ed was also one of a group of people who in 1963 started the Rosedale Volunteer Ambulance Corps.

In Connecticut, Ed and Marge and their three children lived in the town of South Windsor.

Ed became active in the Shriners, fought fires with the South Windsor Volunteer Fire Department, and coached Little League and youth football. He was an active member of  Wapping Community Church.

Ed was an avid lifelong skier, having learned to ski while a student at Dartmouth. In New York, he began teaching skiing on weekends through Casser bus tours. He later taught skiing at Round Top Mountain in Plymouth, VT, and served on the Ski Patrol at Berkshire East in Charlemont, MA. Ed passed on his passion for skiing to his extended family and enjoyed countless days of skiing with his children and grandchildren.

In 1990, Ed and Marge retired to Brownsville, Vermont, so that Ed could continue enjoying his love of the mountains. In retirement, he taught skiing at Okemo and Ascutney. He and Marge took yearly trips out west to ski in Utah and Colorado.

Ed loved choral singing. He began singing at the age of 10 in a boys choir at Grace Episcopal Church (Jamaica, NY). He would sing tenor in choirs and choruses for most of his life. During retirement, he sang in the choirs of the Brownsville Community Church, St Thomas Episcopal Church (Hanover, NH) and sang in the University Chorus of the Upper Valley.  He also loved opera, and, in retirement, performed as a member of the chorus in ten Opera North productions.

Ed skied as long as possible. He took his last runs two weeks before his 80th birthday.

Ed spent the last 6 years of his life living with Marge at Windsor Place of WIlmington (MA), an assisted living facility. Ed worked hard to maintain his independence despite having become legally blind. He enjoyed attending services at The Church of the Good Shepherd in Reading.

Ed leaves behind his beloved wife Marjorie; daughter Eleanor McClanathan and son-in-law Peter McClanathan of Freeport, Illinois; daughter Ruth Clogston and son-in-law Christopher West of Reading, MA; and son Albert Clogston and daughter-in-law Anita Lewisohn of Wimbledon, England. He also leaves behind eleven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be planned for a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Masonic Medical Research Institute (2150 Bleecker St., Utica, NY 13501 or www.MMRI.edu)  or The Perkins School for the Blind (175 North Beacon St., Watertown, MA 02472 or www.perkins.org).

Edward L. Clogston

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