John Clyde Rawson, 89, of Claremont, NH, (formerly of Cornish) passed away peacefully on January 11, 2020, from cancer at Sullivan County Health Care.
John was born on March 1,1930 in Windsor, VT, to Rubert Clyde Rawson and Grace (MacFadden) Rawson. He went to school in Cornish and Claremont from where he graduated and then was drafted into the Army (1952 to 1954). John was employed by various local farms and later the State of NH and Town of Cornish and Plainfield Highway Departments. He was also employed as a logger on and off for many years, where he was highly regarded for his skills for felling trees in difficult situations. In later years, John worked for the Town of Cornish Cemetery Department until he finally decided to retire at the age of 80.
John loved deer hunting, wood cutting, gardening, tending to his chickens and reading westerns. He especially loved attending the Cornish Fair with his granddaughter, Emily, whom he drove until she got her license and she informed him that she would take over driving there.
He was very fond of animals, having several beloved dogs and cats: Blackie, Emma, Smidgie, and his best buddy Smudgie.
He was loved by everyone that knew him and was often called a gentleman. He was willing to help anyone that needed something. He will definitely be missed around the neighborhood by all. His stories and reminiscing will be missed by many.
John was predeceased by his wife, Ruth (Parkhurst) Rawson, both of his parents and his sister, Patricia Rawson and his first wife, Barbara (Eastman) Rawson.
He is survived by his son, Alan Rawson and wife, Sherry, with whom he spent his last 18 years living and enjoying life; his granddaughters, Melissa Rawson and Emily (Rawson) Loring and her husband, Kyle; great grand-kids, Zackery, Shania, Colby, Mackenzie and Madison; and his great great grandsons, Parker and Sawyer.
There will be no funeral services per his wishes. A graveside service will be held at Child Cemetery in Cornish in the spring. He will be laid to rest with his wife, Ruth and his beloved dog, Blackie.
RIP Grampa John. We love you and you will be missed.
The Stringer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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