Clifford Norman Austin

Clifford Norman Austin

Vergennes, Addison County, Vermont, USA
Death 26 May 2011 (aged 86)
Burlington, Chittenden County, Vermont, USA
Burial Vergennes, Addison County, Vermont, USA
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Burlington Free Press:
Vergennes-CLIFFORD NORMAN AUSTIN, 86, a distinguished and honored lifelong resident of Vergennes, passed away on May 26, 2011, surrounded by his family.

Born Jan 8, 1925, Clifford was the youngest of four brothers born to his father, Joseph Austin, and his mother, Jane (Tatro) Austin. He was a lifelong communicant of St Peter's in Vergennes, a member of Knights of Columbus St Isaac Jogues Council #3364, and received his degree from Vergennes Union High School.

He and his three brothers all saw active duty in WW II. At the age of 18, Clifford enlisted in the Army on Mar 13, 1943, and was a member of the 106th Infantry Division, Battery C, 589 Field Artillery Battalion. On Dec 17, 1944, while playing a significant role in the greatest land battle of our time, "The Battle of the Bulge", Clifford was captured by the Nazis and remanded to a POW work camp, Arbeits Kommando #1315, in Oberullesdorf (occuplied Poland), near Zittau, Germany, where he was imprisoned for six months. Liberated by the Russians in May 1945, Clifford Austin returned to the United States in June of 1945 and was honorably discharged on Dec 7, 1945.

Returning to civilian life, he began his career with Simmonds Precision Products in Vergennes and retired as Manager of Personnel and Community Relations after more than 40 years of service to the company. Clifford was an active member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the founder of the "Zittau Survivors", a group of WW II prisoner of war survirors that met annually in many locations throughtout the country. He was also a member of Disabled American Veterans and The American Legion.

He loved the City of Vergennes and played an active role in the affairs of the City, serving on various boards and committees, including a term on the City Council. He also served on the Addison County Vocational School Advisory Committee, the Northland Job Corps Advisory Committee, past president of Vermont Personnel Association, member of the Simmonds Precision Quarter Century Club and served as Project Director for the US Department of Labor. Clifford was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing and shared his enthusiasm with his children and grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his mother, Jane; his father, Joseph; his brother, Lawrence; his brother, Bernard; and a special nephew, Larry Austin.

Clifford was dearly loved and respected by everyone whose lives he touched and will always hold a special place in the hearts of all. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Patricia Austin; his brother, Richard Austin and wife, Vivian of Bristol; a daughter, Sally Washburn and husband, Harry, of Essex Junction and their children, Krista Washburn of Milton, and Riann Washburn and fiance, Thomas McNeill, of Winchester, Mass; a daughter Nancy Brown and husband, Rick, of Boston, KY and children, William (Billy) Richards of Claremont, NH and Shawn Richards of Seattle, WA and their father, William Richards of Claremont, NH; a son, David Austin and daughter-in-law, Jennifer Austin and their children, Christian Austin, Peter Austin, and Claire Austin of Vergennes; a son, Michael Austin of Vergennes; one great-granddaughter, Alexis Richards of Claremont, NH; and he will be remembered by many nieces, nephews, extended family members and special friends.

The family wishes to thank the many family and friends who are left behind, including Michelle Shackett, Sandra Forand, Marcia Hay and Kathy Rose; as well as for the medical and heartfelt care he received from Codi Collins, Sarah Willard, Dr Johann Patlak, and Dr Chris Therrien, along with the dedicated staff at the local Veterans' Administration office.

As our nation this Memorial Day weekend honors those who gave their lives and served their country, we honor you our hero, in life and death, and we proudly and lovingly hold you in our hearts forever - "Old soldiers never die, they just fade away."

Visiting hours will be on Monday, May 30, 2011, from 5 to 8 pm at the Brown-McClay Funeral Home on South Maple Street in Vergennes. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, May 31, 2011, at St Peter's Catholic Church in Vergennes at 11 am. Interment will take place at St Peter's Cemetery following the Mass. A reception will follow at St Peter's Parish Hall.

Friends may send flowers or donations may be made in Clifford's memory to The Vergennes Area Rescue Squad, PO Box 11, Vergennes, VT 05491.

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  • Created by: Kathy Brown Rose
  • Added: 26 May 2011
  • Find a Grave Memorial 70443999
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Clifford Norman Austin (8 Jan 1925–26 May 2011), Find a Grave Memorial no. 70443999, citing Saint Peters Cemetery, Vergennes, Addison County, Vermont, USA ; Maintained by Kathy Brown Rose (contributor 47377833) .