David M. Cluff, 75

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KENNEBUNK — David M. Cluff, 75, died March 5 at the Gosnell Hospice House in Scarborough.

He was born in Cape Porpoise on March 19, 1939, the son of Wendell Sr. and Charlotte Cluff.

He attended Cape Porpoise schools and Kennebunk High School. He served in the Army from 1954 to 1957. On Jan. 9, 1960, he married Evelyn Mae Farnham, who died March 10, 2001.

He worked for Saco Defense for many years and later as a mason in Maine and Florida for 20 years. He cooked in many restaurants in Maine and Florida. In later years, he assisted his son in the operation of his restaurant, Duffy’s Tavern & Grill in Kennebunk.

Cluff was a captain of Washington Hose Fire Company and a lifetime member of Kennebunk Fire Rescue. He was an avid reader, a die-hard Yankees fan and a skilled cribbage player

He is survived by his son, David “Duffy” Cluff and his wife, Laurie, of Kennebunk; daughter, Debbie Purinton and her husband, Anthony, of Brunswick; grandchildren Chris and Dylan Cluff of Kennebunk and Kayla and Thomas Purinton of Brunswick; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife, he was also predeceased by two brothers, Wendell Jr. and Wayne, as well as his sister, Gwendolyn Chadbourne.

Visiting hours were held on March 7 at the Bibber Memorial Chapel in Kennebunk. A funeral service was held on March 8. Spring interment will be in Hope Cemetery in Kennebunk.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Washington Hose Company, c/o Kennebunk Fire Rescue, 1 Summer St., Kennebunk, ME 04043 or Hospice of Southern Maine, 180 U.S. Route 1, Scarborough, ME 04074.

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