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Clarence H. Sirois

Clarence H. Sirois, 83, longtime of Topsfield Road, Ipswich, and the husband of Stella F. (Bies) Sirois, died Thursday June 23, 2011 in his home following a long illness.

Born in Beverly July 27, 1927, son of the late Arthur and Rose Marie (Belanger) Sirois, he was raised in Beverly where he attended public schools. Leaving high school in the second year, he joined the Navy, serving as an aircraft mechanic. Following the war he returned to high school, graduated and continued his education at Bryant Stratton Business School, Beverly  Evening Trade School and the Wentworth Institute. Mr. Sirois was employed for thirty-nine years as a machine technician at United Shoe Machine in Beverly, retiring in 1989.

He  was an avid golfer and a  founding member of the Portsmouth New Hampshire Country Club. He also enjoyed following professional sports and was well known to his family and friends for his love of home gardening and his delicious tomatoes.

Mr. Sirois  was a longtime member of the former Sacred Heart Church of Ipswich and the Ipswich P.L.A.V. Post #92.

In addition to his wife of fifty-nine years he is survived by a brother, Roger Sirois and his wife Joyce of Gloucester, a sister, Jean Skelly and her husband George of Beverly and several nephews and nieces, including his loving nieces Carolyn Walfield and her husband Matthew of Essex and Stephanie Bies of Somerville.

His funeral service will be held Monday, June 27, at 10:30 am in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich followed by interment with Naval Honors in the Cowles Memorial Cemetery, Ipswich. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours are Sunday  4 to 6 pm.

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