John M. Clinton
Portland — John Mannion Clinton (Jack), 80, of Portland and York passed away peacefully Aug. 13, 2014, surrounded by his three daughters and family after a three year long struggle with Myleodesplastic Syndrome, a form of cancer. Jack was born in Concord, N.H. Feb. 26, 1934.
He was the oldest child of John Sheridan Clinton and Esther Mannion Clinton. He attended St. John’s High School in Concord and graduated in 1952. Jack attended the University of Oklahoma in 1952 and graduated with a bachelor of science degree in geology in 1957. He met Sue Helen Lorey while at the University of Oklahoma and they were married in September 1957. After graduation in 1957, he entered the United States Army as a 2nd lieutenant and was stationed at Fort Sill Oklahoma and Fort Riley Kansas. He was honorably discharged in November 1959 as a 1st lieutenant.
After leaving the Army, Jack accepted a job with Phillips Petroleum. He was moved to Phillips Petroleum sales department in Chicago Illinois. In 1962, he was transferred to Phillips Petroleum’s Boston division where he worked for 10 years. Jack left Phillips Petroleum when the company decided to focus sales operations in the Midwest, and Jack decided he wanted to stay in New England with his young family. He then joined Dennison Manufacturing Company as their New England sales representative. Clinton resided in Cumberland for several years with his family. In 1976 Clinton and his wife purchased J.C. Curtis Hardware in Camden. He and his wife successfully ran the business until 1995 when they liquidated the store and eventually went their separate ways. Clinton, always the salesman, transitioned to Prince’s Furniture in Rockland Maine where he worked for six years before retiring.
During his retirement years, Clinton enjoyed time with his partner, Jane Hurst of York and Concord, N.H., and spent many summers in York and winters in Sarasota, Fla. golfing with friends and family. Aruba was a favorite wintertime destination where he and several friends from New England gathered.
During his lifetime, Clinton, known to his hunting and fishing friends as the “Camp Master” was an avid fisherman, hunter, and sportsman. He has many fond memories of hunting and fishing in northern Maine. He was a member of the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC), supported Ducks Unlimited as president of the Mid-coast Chapter, and was active in the Camden Rotary Club.
Clinton is survived by his sister Shelia DiNapoli of Concord, N.H. and brothers Robert Clinton of Bow, N.H., and Richard Clinton of Richmond, Calif.; former wife Sue Lorey Clinton of Surprise, Ariz.; his three daughters Tracy Clinton of Walnut Creek, Calif.; Megan Clinton Tomlins of Tulsa, Okla.; Kelley Clinton Race of Portland and Edgecomb; son in-laws Neal Tomlins and Charles Race; grandchildren Paige Tomlins, Chase Tomlins, Lindsay Race and Danielle Race; and partner Jane Hurst, of York and Concord, N.H. Clinton is also survived by many more family members and cherished friends throughout the country. He will be fondly remembered by many as the life of the party.
The Clinton family would like to thank Gosnell Memorial Hospice of Southern Maine for making him, family, and friends comfortable during his transition.
Clinton will be interned at the New Hampshire State Veteran’s Cemetery in Boscawen, N.H. A small graveside service will be conducted Wednesday, Aug. 20, at 2 pm.
In memory of Jack Clinton, the family requests donations be made to the Appalachian Mountain Club at 5 Joy St., Boston, MA 02108 or via their website outdoors.org/tribute.