Clifford O. Dolloff, 97: Former boxer served church, helped build local landmarks

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BRUNSWICK — Clifford O. Dolloff, 97, of Brunswick, died Jan. 15 at Mid Coast Hospital.

He was born May 2, 1917, in Mount Vernon, son of Norris and Ethel Puls Dolloff. As a young man, he worked at Elizabeth Arden’s estate and boxed under the name Windy Riley during the early 1930s.

Dolloff married Emma Pratt, of Winthrop, on May 10, 1936, in Litchfield, and the couple were together for 63 years. In 1942, they moved to Brunswick, where Dolloff helped construct Brunswick Naval Air Station.

He went on to help build other landmarks, including the Senior Center at Bowdoin College, the Maine Yankee Nuclear Power Plant and the Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant. He also worked at Bath Iron Works for 10 years, and spent 40 years in his trade as a carpenter.

Dolloff attended East Brunswick Baptist Church and served as deacon and trustee there for over 60 years. In addition to being devoted to his church, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, cooking, eating, singing and telling stories and jokes.

Dolloff became engaged to Leila Fournier of Freeport in 2001, and traveled overseas for the first time at age 85. Over the years, he also enjoyed several extended visits to Kansas and Louisiana to see his children’s families.

He is survived by his two sons, Richard Dolloff, of Shreveport Louisiana, and Robert Dolloff and his wife, Cecile, of Brunswick; eight grandchildren, Linda Cuthbertson-Traveller and husband Chris, of Kansas, Dale Cuthbertson and wife, Valerie, of Kansas, Ronna Beecher and husband, Fred, of Louisiana, Russell Dolloff, of Louisiana, Diane Lynch and husband, John, of Massachusetts, Lisa Williams and husband, Tim, of Vermont, Paula Cuthbertson, of Kansas, and Pamela Hendrix and husband, Ken, of Kansas; 13 great-grandchildren, Craig Cuthbertson, Chris Beecher, Chad Engel, Nathan Beecher, Macie Voelschow, Audrey Colson, Sarah Hendrix, Andrew Colson, Christopher Hendrix, April Lynch, Peter Lynch, Owen Williams and Neva Williams; and 12 great-great-grandchildren, Taylor Engel, Joshua Beecher, Andrew Beecher, Mara Engel, Elizabeth Beecher, Mason Engel, Olivia Beecher, Kane Cuthbertson, Caden Hilzer, Kollyns Cuthbertson, Taylor Voelschow and Lauren Voelschow.

Dolloff is also survived by his fiancee, Leila Fournier, and his special niece, Nancy, in addition to several other nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife, Emma, daughter Dorothy and her husband, Don Cuthbertson, daughter-in-law Jeanette Dolloff, sisters Alberta and Flora and brother Floyd.

Visiting hours will be held Friday, Jan. 23, from 5-7 p.m., at Brackett Funeral Home, 29 Federal St., Brunswick. A funeral will be held Saturday, Jan. 24, at 11 a.m., at the East Brunswick Baptist Church, Farley Road, Brunswick.

Interment will be held in the spring at Pine Grove Cemetery, Belgrade.

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