Clifford F. Batchelor

ATHOL — Funeral services for Clifford F. Batchelor were held Saturday, Sept. 9, in the Fiske-Murphy & Mack Funeral Home.  

Cliff’s daughter Julianne Hurtle, son William Batchelor and son-in-law Richard Churchill shared words of remembrance. Burial followed in lower Cemetery, Phillipston. A reception followed at the home of Julianne. Bearers were grandsons, Ty Hurtle, Mark Batchelor, Ryan LaRoche, Josh Hurtle, Mike Choquette and Steve Robinson.

Fiske-Murphy & Mack Funeral Home, 110 New Athol Rd., Orange assisted with arrangements.

ATHOL — Clifford F. Batchelor, 78, of Athol, passed away Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017, at UMass Medical—University Campus, Worcester.

Cliff was born in Athol on June 21, 1939, to the late Douglas Batchelor and the late Orisza (Stone) Batchelor. He grew up in Phillipston and graduated from Narragansett High School with the class of 1959. He was a fire tower watchman in Phillipston along with being part of the Civil Air Patrol working in the call center during the Korean War. He was a member of the Future Farmers of America and attended Meat Cutter School in Toledo, Ohio.

Cliff worked for O’Hearn’s Furniture Factory for several years, going on to work at the L.S. Starrett Company for 34 years, retiring in 2001. He enjoyed fishing, camping, golf, drawing and painting. He was a Red Sox fan, and especially loved spending time with his family and friends.

Cliff is survived by his wife of 16 years, Rita (Marquis) Batchelor of Athol; two sons, Mark Batchelor and his wife Vanessa of Athol, and William Batchelor and his wife Susan of Athol; three daughters, Julianne Hurtleand her husband Richard of Athol, Barbara Churchill and her husband Richard of Spotsylvania, Va., and Beth Burgess and her husband TJ of Bonita Springs, Fla.; two step-children, Ronny Cote and his companion Robin Duguay of Athol, and Denise Robinson and her husband Bruce of Royalston; one brother, Gordon Batchelor and his wife Jeannine of Phillipston; three sisters, Linda Connors of Gardner, Lois Batchelor of Springfield, and Lauren Lefrancois and her husband Michael of Kentucky; 18 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his first wife of 33 years, Barbara (Cleveland) Batchelor, and one brother, Richard Batchelor.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Sept. 9, at 10 a.m., in the Fiske-Murphy & Mack Funeral Home, 110 New Athol Rd., Orange. Burial will follow in Lower Cemetery, Phillipston.

Calling hours will be held Friday, Sept. 8, from 5 to 7 p.m., in the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Clifford’s name may be sent to American Heart Association, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005.

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Fiske-Murphy & Mack Funeral Home, 110 New Athol Rd., Orange, is assisting with arrangements.


So sorry to read of Clufford's passing.  He was a favorite patient and will be missed by so many.N

Rita and family,We are so sorry to hear of Cliff's passing.  Rita, if you need anything at all, please call us.  You are in our prayers always,  it is so very hard to lose a loved one.  We didn't know he was ill.  Please take care of yourself.Ingrid and Walter

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