Rod will be missed by his 3 children; Wayne A. Cluett, his wife Jennifer A. (O’Neil), their children, Michaela, Connor, and Casey, of Charlton; Timothy S. Cluett and his son Aaron of Millbury; Lisa M. Petrone, her husband Raymond, their children Ryan and Nicole of Cherry Valley; His sister Marge Brady, and her husband Skip, of Willards, MD. He was predeceased by another sister, Wenda (Cluett) Lee.
Mr. Cluett was born February 12, 1940 in North Brookfield, the son of the late Arthur H. Cluett and Therese M. (Bailey). He graduated from North Miami (FL) High School and subsequently enlisted in the United States Air Force and served in Vietnam as an Airman 1C Radio technician. Following his military service he returned home and met the love of his life, Marsha Gosselin from South Grafton, who he soon married and began raising a family with.
Rod was employed by Digital Equipment Corporation for 33 years, mostly as a manufacturing supervisor, retiring in 1999. While living in Westminster he was a firefighter/EMT with the Westminster Fire Department. He also served several years with the Grafton Fire Department at Station 3. Rod was former President of the Westminster Little League and a longtime member of the Knights of Columbus in Gardner. Rod and his family moved to Millbury in 1984 where as a proud grandfather he supported his grandchildren in all of their accomplishments and endeavors. He and his wife also purchased and operated Cross Roads Family Restaurant in Shrewsbury before he and Marsha moved to Auburn.
While living in Auburn he worked part time at IBA for 15 years until fully retiring due to health issues in February of 2015. He was a lifetime member of the Westminster and Millbury VFW. Rod’s personal enjoyments included traveling, trips to his favorite casinos, following the Red Sox and Patriots, and visiting his close friends Cal and Dottie in Florida; finally, Rod was an avid John Wayne aficionado. His family wishes to extend sincere thanks to the Auburn Fire/Rescue and Police for their great care to him during his time of need. The family suggests you remember Rod with memorial donations to: The Joslin Diabetes Center, 1 Joslin Place, Boston MA 02215 in lieu of flowers.
All are invited to gather with his family Wednesday August 26th from 9 to 10:30 am at The Roney Funeral Home, 152 Worcester St. in North Grafton. A funeral procession will then form at 10:30 to take Rod to St. James Church, 89 Main St. in South Grafton for the celebration of a Funeral Mass for him at 11 am. He will then be laid to rest with US Air Force Military Burial Honors at Fairview Cemetery in South Grafton. An online guest book to offer condolences and share memories will be available at: www.RoneyFuneralHome.com – See more at: http://www.roneyfuneralhome.com/obituary/RODERIC-W.-CLUETT/AUBURN-MA/1538607#sthash.mxGb0hfB.dpuf