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SANDOWN, NH: Clifford H. M. Durling, 72, passed away peacefully Monday, October 6, 2014 after a brief illness. Cliff was born August 8, 1942 in Arlington, Mass., son of the late Charles and Lena (MacGregor) Durling. Cliff was the third son of six children. The family grew up in Sandown, N.H. where he worked the family’s small farm, taking care of animals, plowing, haying, and logging which included hauling the logs by horse and wagon to the Fremont Mills. He attended school at the Pine Grove, Clark, and Sandown Central Schools. He was a member of the St. Matthews Methodist Church in Sandown, N.H., where he sang in the church choir. It was said that he had the voice of an angel. He was a Cub Scout, Boy Scout, a member of the DeMolay Boys, a member of the Wingold, Pomona, N.H. State and National Grange, and the American Legion Carl Davis Post 34. He was proud of being a member of the Grange for more than half a century. He served his country in the United States Army from 1964-1967 which part of that time he was stationed in Germany. Before being honorably discharged he served as a currier out of Fort Devens in Massachusetts. He went on to work for Sanders Association before becoming a cross country and local truck driver for many years, but his favorite job was being a mechanic. He could fix or build anything (he was a mechanical genius).

Cliff is survived by his cherished son, Shawn MacGregor and his wife Jill of Danville, N.H.; brothers, Wendell Durling and his wife, Beverly of Pembroke, N.H., Orrin Durling and his wife, Pat of Magnolia, Del., and the late Doug Durling of Danville; sisters, Esther E. West and her husband Carl of Ossipee, N.H. and Bonnie Broyles and her husband, Tom of Danville; a grandchild, Ron Fournier III, several nieces and nephews, and lifelong friends, Sue, Warren, and Ralph.

A celebration of life will be held on Sunday, October 26, 2014 at the American Legion, Carl Davis Post 34, 176 Main Street, Plaistow, starting at noon.
Published on  October 16, 2014
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