Claire B. Tewksbury of Homosassa, FL, passed away on January 6, 2021, at the age of 97 at VITAS Hospice in Lecanto, FL. Claire was born on September 28, 1923, to Charles A. and Beatrice G. Belisle in Randolph, VT.
Claire grew up first in Randolph Center, VT, and then West Lebanon, NH, graduating from West Lebanon High School in 1942. She enjoyed returning when she was able for the alumni events and catching up with classmates.
Claire married John W. Hancock on September 9th1946. They had four children together, three daughters and one son. Claire was a homemaker at that time until John’s death in October of 1964. Claire went back in the workforce and was employed by Cray Oil in North Walpole, NH, then Windham Northeast Supervisory in Bellows Falls.
Claire married Rowland F. Tewksbury on August 16, 1975, in Saxtons River, VT. The family grew to nine kids total. She moved to Charlestown, NH, and worked alongside Rowland operating Tewksbury Trucking and Fall Mt. Transport for the next 20 years. They moved to Claremont in 1997 and were semiretired. Rowland passed away on March 31, 2002. Claire lived in Claremont until 2016 when she moved to Homosassa Florida to live with her daughter Joanne and Richard Tuxbury.
Claire loved to travel and had been to Europe and enjoyed traveling to California to see family.
Claire was a people person, and her laughter and smile were daily medicine for her and others around her. She loved being outside whenever possible. Family meant everything to her and doting on her grand and great grandchildren was especially important to her. She was so proud of all of their accomplishments.
She was predeceased by a brother Louis M. Belisle, a sister Jacqueline Lindsay and two daughters, Janice Langstraat and Linda Tewksbury Cynewski.
Survivors include a younger brother, Charles P. Belisle of Ft. Myers, FL; daughters, Joanne L. Tuxbury and husband Dick of Homosassa; Karen Quinn of Bethlehem, NH; Cheryl Latham and husband Steve of Walpole, NH; Nancy Brand and husband Tom of Cranston, RI; sons, Charles S Hancock and Toni Collins of Westminster, VT; Brian Tewksbury and wife Kareen of Murphys, CA; and Scott Tewksbury and wife Monique, of Barre, VT; sons-in-law, Ed Cynewski and wife Maria of St. Simon’s Is, GA, and Jan Langstraat of Keene, NH.
Her many grand and great grandchildren, nieces and nephews are left to celebrate her memory.
Funeral services will be scheduled for the late spring or early summer of 2021.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: Foundation Fighting Blindness, PO Box 45740, Baltimore, MD 21297-5740.
The Stringer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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