|Leonard Clayton, Sr|
|Death: ||Dec. 3, 2008|
Leonard Clayton, Sr.
Leonard Clayton, Sr., 93, of Elkton, MD, passed away on December 3, 2008 after a long and full life.
Mr. Clayton was an executive with Chrysler Corporation at its Newark, DE plant, retiring in 1978 as General Superintendent of the plant. Earlier in his career, Mr. Clayton worked for General Motors, and as a manager at the Triumph munitions plant in Elkton during World War II. After the War, he built and owned the Beachcomber, a restaurant and bar in Charlestown, MD. In his retirement, Mr. Clayton devoted himself to family, making sure that the water in the pool was crystal clear and food and drink were available for his children, grandchildren, friends and neighbors. His door was always open to visitors, and he never hesitated to help another person in need. Throughout his life, Mr. Clayton was active in sports, including golf, winning the Delaware Open Golf Tournament as an amateur and continuing to play into his eighties; baseball, where he played at the semi-pro level; and roller skating, where he served as an instructor for many years. He was also an avid horseracing fan, and he often traveled to Delaware Park, Laurel and Pimlico for a good race. Born into a large family of modest means in Charlestown, MD, Mr. Clayton left school after sixth grade to earn money to support the family during the height of the Great Depression, and he never stopped working on some project or other the rest of his life. Leonard Clayton accomplished much in his life, and his work values, determination, and empathy for those around him generated universal respect among all who knew him.
Mr. Clayton was predeceased by his wife of 60 years, Audrey J. Clayton, his parents, Harry and Laura Clayton, and ten brothers and sisters. He is survived by a daughter, Sharon C. Walla and her husband, Gary A. Munneke of North East, MD; 2 sons, Leonard Clayton, Jr. and his wife, Grace, of Newark, DE, and Robert E. Clayton, of Elkton, MD; 5 grandchildren, Shannon Sprague, Gregory Clayton, Kelly Albanese, Elizabeth Clayton and Logan Clayton; and 4 great grandchildren.
A service will be held at 11 am on Tuesday, December 9, 2008 at St. John's United Methodist Church in Charlestown, MD. Burial will follow at Charlestown Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Northern Chesapeake Hospice Foundation c/o R. T. Foard Funeral Home, P.A., PO Box 248, Rising Sun, MD 21911. To send condolence visit www.rtfoard.com.
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Created by: Richard Wright
Record added: Dec 07, 2008
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