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Roger Clapp
  • Perkins Institute for the Blind
    175 N. Beacon St.
    Watertown, MA 02472

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“I am so sorry for the loss of your husband, father and grandfather. I will pray that your memories keep you comforted and consoled... ”
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Roger Clapp, 87, of Rutland, MA, formerly of Westborough, MA, died peacefully at his home on Thursday, June 30, 2016.
Born in Boston, MA, he was the son of the late Mildred (Westine) Carville and stepson of the late Joseph Carville. For the past 62 years he had been the husband of Gloria (Zarba) Clapp of Rutland, the love of his life.
Following his graduation from Marlborough High School, he went to work for the Addison Company while attending Bentley College. It was during this time that he met Gloria, the girl who was to become his wife, a love story that has grown into family folklore and told to all.
Although he spent his early years in Marlborough, Roger was proud to be a longtime resident of Westborough, MA, having lived there for over 50 years. He was a member of the Westborough Grange and was an active participant in the Westborough annual town meetings, always supporting services within the town he called "home". In his later years, Roger and Gloria made their home in Rutland under the loving care of their daughter Valerie and her husband Maurice. For most of his life, Roger worked in the trucking industry as Transportation Manager and in transportation sales. He was responsible for the regular freight, flatbed and refrigerator divisions in several local and national trucking companies. He worked for many years at Lopez Trucking in Waltham and Nelson Freightways in Shrewsbury.
When he retired, due to the partial loss of his vision, Roger found enjoyment in woodworking, gardening and participating in the stock market as well as reading about World War II, history and business.
Besides his wife he is survived by his three loving children and their families: a daughter, Rebecca Deignan, and her husband, Frank, of Poinciana, FL; a daughter, Valerie Guarini, and her husband, Maurice of Rutland, MA; and a son, Roger Clapp and his wife, Cathryn of Paxton, MA. He also had five grandchildren: Lisa Guarini, Anthony Guarini, Caitlin Clapp, Roger Clapp and Lauren Clapp, who provided him with much love and laughter throughout his life.
Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, July 7, from 5-7 pm at the Slattery Funeral Home, Inc., 40 Pleasant St., Marlborough. A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, July 8 at 10:00 am at St. Anne Church, Rte 30, Southborough, MA. Burial will follow at Rural Cemetery, Rte 85, Southborough, MA.
Donations may be made to the Perkins Institute for the Blind, 175 N. Beacon St., Watertown, MA 02472