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“May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived. ”
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“Our sincere condolences to the Clawson family in the loss of your dear love one. Our prayers are as yours, that God provide his care and comfort you...Read More »
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“My sympathies to family and friends. Rest in Peace Bob.Holly Faunce ”
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“Rest in Peace Bob. You will be missed, but your memory will remain. ”
5 of 6 | Posted by: Ashley Curtin - Whitman, MA

“My condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Clawson. May the God of all comfort give you peace and comfort durng this difficult time. ”
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To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance.

Ecclesiastes 3King James Version (KJV)

Robert Clawson (Bob) was born in Weymouth, MA on March 12, 1931 to Frank and Janet (Gault) Clawson, who were Scottish immigrants to this country in the 1920's. Bob was the first born child along with his sister, the late Barbara J. (Clawson) Giorgetti. His brother William (Bunta) Clawson was born three years later. Bob's father, Frank Clawson, who worked at General Dynamics, passed away when Bob was 10 years old, leaving his mother to raise three small children on her own.

During his lifetime, Bob persevered through many physical setbacks. In his mid-teens, Bob was in a car accident in Weymouth when the car he was a passenger in was struck by a truck owned by the U.S. Navy. Bob was seriously injured with a broken jaw and loss of all his teeth. Fortunately, the Navy cover the full cost of reconstructive surgery at their medical facility in Florida where he spent many months recuperating. Later in his life, he battled two bouts of cancer, two heart attacks, three strokes, and quadruple bypass heart surgery. Throughout it all, Bob is known to have said that his love for his wife, companion, and his dogs helped pull him through.

Bob's education included the Weymouth school system, and Norfolk Agricultural School. As a young person, Bob had an exceptional work ethic which carried through to his later years. While in high school, Bob worked for Cushman Bakery as a delivery man and at the Brockton Egg Auction in Avon where he remained working for two years after graduating. Later, Bob worked at General Dynamics as a machinist.

Bob's enthusiasm to be moving carried through to his social life. Bob's brother, Bunta, says that Bob went square dancing "eight days a week" and that he went fishing just as much! Bob loved square dancing and that's where he met Sydney Warren. Bob and Sydney were married September, 1951 and continued to be avid Square Dancers in their early years together. Sydney and Bob had four children, Cindy, Rickey, Scott and Glen. They lived on Glen St. in Whitman and then moved to Washington St. in Hanson.

Bob was very talented and handy with carpentry and painting, and he became a self-employed painting contractor who eventually built a reputation as one of the best painting contractors on the South Shore. Bob didn't keep his talents local, in fact, he built a summer home for the family next to Sydney's mom (Olive Warren) in Willimantic, Maine. Bob loved Maine, where he could spend many an hour salmon and trout fishing on the Willimantic lakes and streams.

Bob's work ethic, music and dancing were not the only passion of his, he also had a passion for gardening. In 1970, Bob met and married Priscilla Allen (Maxine) of Hanson. Maxine had a seven acre parcel of land in Norwell. It was there where Bob used his talents to build a beautiful home and where Bob used his green thumb to cultivate their gardens. Maxine remembers that Bob could have worked 24 hours a day in his yard where he planted in the realm of 3,000 azaleas, rhododendrons, PJMs, Dinner Plate Dahlias and more. Bob landscaped pathways, and roadways throughout the acres and around the pond. For many years, in the greenhouse he built, Bob grew geraniums and sold many to his favorite lawyer. Most of all, Bob was always generous and more than willing to share the fruits of his labor with everyone.

Bob loved animals and during the winter for many years he took care of the swans from the Boston Public Gardens. In addition, he had cared for a variety of exotic chickens, peacocks, ducks, rabbits, a pet turkey and dogs. Bob reached out to young people and was known to have school children tour and interact with the menagerie of animals in his yard. He also loved bluegrass & country music and going to live shows to hear the musicians belt it out! One such entertainer was Sleepy LaBeef. For twelve years, Bob and Maxine were known to open their yard to the public for concerts where Sleepy and his band played for an afternoon.

Grethe Reddick of Easton became Bob's companion and dancing partner about 12 years ago. They shared a love for gardening and dancing and kept each other young by going out three to four times a week to listen and dance to old country and rockabilly music. Bob and Grethe used their love of gardening to landscape a beautiful yard.

While Bob was not one to share from his heart who he really was inside, it was through his work ethic, love of animals, gardening, music, dance, and generosity to others that he found joy.