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880 Hopmeadow Street
P.O. Box 335
Simsbury, CT 06070
Phone: 860-658-7613
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Bruce Clawson

Bruce Clawson

August 1, 1940 - October 22, 2020
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Bruce Bowden Clawson, of Canton, Connecticut, passed away on October 22 after an extended illness.

Bruce was born in Portland, Maine, on August 1, 1940. When Bruce was a young boy, the family moved to Naples, Maine, and started the Naples Lobster Pound. He loved sports and played baseball, basketball, and football. Bruce went to the University of Maine and graduated in 1963. During summers, Bruce worked at the Chute Homestead in Naples, where he met the love of his life, Dottie Meissner. After graduating from the University of Maine, Bruce married Dottie and they moved to Connecticut. Bruce worked at Hamilton Standard as an aerospace engineer for 40 years, and attended night school in the early years to earn an MSEE from RPI. He had a fabulous career, during the heyday of the space industry, designing guidance systems for the Saturn, Apollo, Space Shuttle, and other missions.

Bruce leaves his wife Dottie, of 57 years; his daughter Melanie Gouveia of Marlborough, MA; his daughter Wendy Durette and her husband Joseph of South Windsor, CT; his son Timothy Clawson of Windsor, CT; his grandsons Ethan and Michael Gouveia; and many dear friends and family.

Bruce will have a private graveside service. In lieu of flowers, donations in Bruce’s memory may be made to

the American Cancer Society, Inc. (; 111 Founders Plaza, Suite 200, East Hartford, CT 06108),

or the American Diabetes Association (; 260 Cochituate Road, 2nd Floor, Suite 200, Framingham, MA 01701).

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John MItchell

Posted at 09:07pm
I met Bruce in June of 1958 when I first went to work for Phil Chute at the Chute Homestead in Naples, Maine. Bruce had already worked for Phil for several summers. I quickly learned Bruce was a great worker, an important part of the Homestead staff and we quickly became good friends. I have so many memories of working with Bruce side by side. Many Monday mornings the two of us took a load of guests to Crooker River for a mid day canoe trip. Waterskiing was a twice a week activity and most days I drove the Boston Whaler and Bruce tended rope. Bruce did a great deal of maintenance around the Homestead and one day I remember helping Bruce repair a broken sewer line down at the Marten Chalet by the lake-stinko! Tuesday supper was always a clambake by the lake. Over the years, Bruce & I dug dozens of pits in the sand, added rocks and built a huge fire to heat the rocks for the ensuing lobster bake.. By the time I arrived in the summer of 1958, I believe Bruce had his eye on his dream girl Dottie, already a staff member. In the summers of 1961 and 1962 a friend & I had the pleasure of double dating many times with Bruce & Dottie (drive-in movies were big then). The staff and guests had weekly softball games and I remember Bruce being quite a force for the staff, hitting the ball out of sight on occasions. Bruce was liked by all staff members and I never knew him to have a bad day. We worked five summers together and I always considered him a real good friend. In the fall of 1962 his senior year as he went back to (U.of Maine)Orono, I went with him for a Maine vs. Mass. football game. His room mate, Dave Cloutier took the opening kickoff back 100 yards for a TD. Maine lost the game. What great memories! In many recent summers, (not 2020) Dottie & Bruce met my wife Jolie & I at a local eatery to talk over old times. Jolie & I always looked forward to those reunions as we felt Dottie & Bruce were a wonderful couple made for each other.

REST IN PEACE OLD BUDDY, you were one great guy! Deepest sympathy to you Dottie, God love you.

John Mitchell

Dottie Clawson Posted at 11:52am

Thank you John!! You were a great friend to Bruce. And you even went out of your way to come to our wedding 57 years ago!

Steve & Bonnie Edwards

Posted at 03:51pm
My wife and I ran the Naples Lobster Pound from 1973 to1997. One summer in the very early years a man came to our house door, identified himself as Mr. Clawson and told my wife he had lived in the house and his folks had run the Lobster Pound. I was not home and have no way of knowing if this man was "your" Mr. Clawson or a sibling, but my wife was taken by what a very nice man he was. Before they parted she gave him a tour of the house and he identified "his room." We have always loved the story and just wanted to pass it on to you along with our sincere condolences for your loss. Steve & Bonnie Edwards

Karen Dallaire

Posted at 06:15pm
With my deepest sympathy on the loss of your husband and father. The best memories of my childhood include all of the Clawson parties and picnics where Deb’s Uncle Bruce would light up the crowd with his awesome laugh and storytelling. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Karen Dallaire

Deb Clawson

Posted at 11:21am
My sweet Uncle Bruce will by sadly missed by everyone who knew him and loved him. He will forever be in my heart as I have so many cherished memories of our special times together. My favorite memories are from the wonderful times we spent together at “Camp” on vacation. Uncle Bruce and my dad would take the Clawson kids waterskiing every day. We endured many sunburns, but most of all we shared giggles and laughter that bonded us together. Uncle Bruce was an incredible man who holds a special place in my heart. He taught me so many positive lessons about life. Thanks for being so awesome Uncle Bruce! Fly high till we meet again!
Love, Deb

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Posted at 08:59am
I worked with Bruce at Hamilton Standard. He was really smart, personable and it was always pleasure to work with him.

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