MILTON —   Clifford E. “Rocky” Howe, 95, passed away peacefully Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 in the Florida Hospital in Sebring, Fla.

Clifford was born Sept. 9, 1918 in Fair Haven, Vt., the son of the late Elmer and Ethel Folsom Howe. He served his country with the US Navy during WWII aboard ship manning the turret guns.

He moved to Milton from the Bradford/Tunbridge area during 1944 and married Mary Tarbox on April 27 of the same year in the Georgia Plains Baptist Church. Clifford was a dairy farmer and retired from General Electric.  He was a member of the Lake Champlain Squares and Green Mountain Steppers square dancing groups.  Clifford and Mary together, enjoyed frequenting the Milton Diner for breakfast.

Clifford graduated from Bradford Academy in 1937 and visited the Tunbridge World’s Fair every year.  Clifford could be seen riding his lawnmower from his house to his barn and to visit his neighbors and special friends Dale and Brian Desranleau, Randy Stebbins and Nan Lafont.  He enjoyed time operating his maple sugar house, playing pool and board games of Aggravation and Double 9.

Clifford is survived by his son, David Clifford Howe of Milton and his daughters; Ellen Linda Goehlert and her husband, Dr. Uwe Goehlert of South Burlington and Mary Ann Palasik and her husband, John Palasik of Milton; and his two granddaughters; Jenilee and Laura Palasik of Milton. He was predeceased by his wife, Mary on Nov. 12, 2006, his sister, Dorothy Howe and a brother-in-law Charles Constantine.  He leaves a sister in law, Julia Constantine of Georgia and also several nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family wishes to give special thanks to his granddaughter Laura Palasik, Yvette Constantine, TLC Services and the VNA.

Funeral Services will be held later in the spring with burial in the Georgia Plains Cemetery. A notice will be placed in the paper at a later date.

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