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December 18, 2013

Clayton M. Fairchild

The Daily Star

---- — Clayton M. Fairchild

COOPERSTOWN — Clayton M. Fairchild, 63, of Cooperstown, passed away Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, at Bassett Medical Center, following a brief, but courageous battle with cancer. His family and friends were at his bedside. He has moved on to be in a better place.

Clayton was born on Aug. 27, 1950, in Suffern, the son of Helen (Call) Fairchild and the late Lester Fairchild.

Clayton graduated in 1969 from Ramapo Senior High School. Following graduation he worked for Carpenters Union Local 964 for 13 years and for the remaining 30 plus years, he was self-employed and worked along side his brother, Russ “Butch” for Fairchild’s General Contracting.

He was an avid outdoorsman who lived for the outdoors. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, trapping and playing golf, as well as the countless memories of cook-outs and barbecues he had throughout the years. Most of all he loved sitting around his “Meat Room” with all his fellow hunting friends and family.

In his high school years, Clayton was an active member of a choral group, “The Choraleers,” and performed on the Ed Sullivan Show and at Radio City Music Hall with the legendary singers Burl Ives and Eddie Arnold.

He is survived by his mother, Helen Fairchild; son, Clayton Jr. and his wife, Sherri; brothers, Russ (Joanne) Fairchild and Dennis (Pat) Fairchild and their children, Lindsay and Reese; brother, Lester Fairchild of Liberty; sister, Betty Ann Hood of Anderson, S.C.; two granddaughters, Katelynn and Ashley; several nieces, nephews and cousins, and last but not least, a very special companion and close friend, Anne Lennebacker of Middlefield.

Clayton leaves behind many special friends, many near and dear to him, lifelong friend and friend of the family, Ed Dubben, as well as Kevin Lennebacker, who he thought of as a second son.

We will all miss Clayton for his great sense of humor and his endless acts of kindness. He will be truly missed by those who were fortunate enough to get to know him and love him.

Calling hours will be held from 10 a.m. until noon, with a memorial service at noon on Friday, Dec. 20, at the Ottman Funeral Home, 22 Church St., Cherry Valley, with the Rev. Ronald Fralick officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Clayton’s memory to the American Cancer Society.

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Arrangements were entrusted to the Ottman Funeral Home, Cherry Valley.