Clinton Owen Remington III – Burrillville

Clinton Owen Remington III – Burrillville

On August 16, 2019 Clinton Owen Remington III passed away suddenly at home. He was the son of the late Clinton and Elizabeth (Racine) Remington.

He was predeceased by his three sisters, Judith Parsons, Janice Faucett, and Joyce McKenna.

He was married to Susan (Hardiman) Remington for 46 years and together they raised four children, Kelly Bristol (Ian Bristol), Kristene Morgan (Daniel Morgan), Clinton O. Remington IV, and John Remington (Elizabeth Lordan). He leaves behind his beloved grandchildren Grace, John, Remi, Sofie, Aidan, Matthew, Fletcher, and Mackenzie and many nieces and nephews.

Mr. Remington graduated from Burrillville High School and Williams College. After college he served in the United States Army for three years. He went on to receive a Masters of Business Administration at Bryant College and was President and CEO of Remington Lumber Company, for many years. He then went on to work for Ace Hardware Corporation as a District Manager until his retirement in 2015.

Additionally, he served in the Rhode Island State Legislature as a State Representative for 10 years. He served on countless committees and associations throughout his life both before and after retirement. Some to include: Government Affairs Committee of Northern RI Chamber of Commerce, American Cancer Society, Rhode Island Democratic State Committee, Burrillville Democratic Town Committee, Rhode Island Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association, Northeastern Retail Lumber Dealers Association, Advisory Committee of Woonsocket Area Vocations Facility, Burrillville Lions Club. Most recently he served on the Harrisville Fire District Operating Committee and the Industrial Foundation of Burrillville. He was a member of the Lifelong Learning Collaborative where he continued to take classes.

As much as he did for his community, his true love in life was his family and friends. To have known him, whether it was as Clint or CO, had a far greater meaning than any curriculum of life could ever convey. He was a gentleman in every sense of the word. He was kind. Although always up for new adventures, he was also a man of great tradition. Holidays, especially Thanksgiving and Christmas, were of particular importance. They represented the epitome of the ideals he held true to his heart – family, friends, love and laughter, adorned with all the fixings, including the famous family oyster stuffing.

He was the keeper of stories and the Remington historian. Nothing brought him greater joy than bringing friends or family along on some excursion or some restaurant where he had been before, only to sit in the same booth or on the same bar stool or take the same path to get to his desired destination with the simple goal of recreating a prior moment in his own history that brought him joy so he could share that moment with others. For him, it was never about a particular meal or a specific drink or anything of the like. It was about creating memories and sharing those memories with everyone he held dear. And with each iteration of every story, told and retold, he did bring laughter and joy to all of us. We will remember them all, and, undoubtedly, they will continue to be told and retold in his honor and will continue to bring smiles to us all for generations to come. Will any of us forget the running of the bulls in Pamplona? Or earning a free drink at the Blue Bitch Bar? Or drinking champagne out of the Stanley Cup?

We can all learn a lot from the way this man lived. He put family first. He made the ethical choice. He loved his wife and children and grandchildren dearly, and, in return, they adored him.

So, may we all endeavor to live life like Clint. Love the ones around us who matter most. Run with the bulls. And strive for our chance to drink from the Stanley Cup. Clint, you were taken too soon but lived 74 years young. May you rest in eternal peace with The Angel as your guide. You will be missed.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Wednesday, Aug. 21 at 10am in Our Lady of Good Help Church, 1063 Victory Highway, Mapleville. Committal Prayers followed in Acotes Hill Cemetery. Visitation was held Aug. 20 in the Anderson-Winfield Funeral Home, Route 44 at Greenville Common, Greenville, R.I.

In lieu of flowers donations in his memory may be made to the Friends of the Jesse M. Smith Library, 100 Tinkham Road, Harrisville, RI 02830.

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