WESTVILLE — Clayton J. Holden, 86, of Westville, died Monday evening, March 3, 2014, at his home while under the loving care of his family and Hospice of the North Country.
Born in Springfield, Mass. on Oct. 15, 1927, he was the son of the late James and Hilda Davis Holden. He graduated from the Fort Covington High School in 1943.
On October 29, 1949, he was united in marriage to the former Betty A. Leslie at the Zion United Church in Dundee, Quebec. She survives.
In his early career, Clayton worked on the construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway. Clayton and Betty owned and operated the first free-stall dairy barn with milking parlor in the area. After he retired from dairy farming in 1983, he assisted in the daily operation of his son Tim's business, Smith Lumber, in Fort Covington. He was a past member of the Westville Zoning Board, the Farm Credit Board and the Chateaugay Co-op. He also served as a member of the Salmon River Central School Board for a number of years. He was an accomplished handyman who also enjoyed hunting and fishing. He will always be remembered for instilling a good work ethic and honesty in his children. He enjoyed telling stories of his experiences, and relating local North Country history to family and friends.
Along with his wife, Betty, he is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Susan Holden and her husband Doug Smith of Tucson, Ariz., and Cindy and Gary Ghostlaw of Fort Covington; two daughters-in-law, Donna Jock DeBeer of Keeseville and Jane Miller Buckley of Brasher Falls; one sister, Phyllis Eseltine of Henrietta; four grandchildren, Jennifer Holden, Stephanie Killion, and Christine and Shane Ghostlaw; two great-grandchildren, Cecelia Killion and Ainsley Ghostlaw; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by his three sons and a daughter-in-law, Timothy and Mary Jo Smith Holden, Ronald and Brian Holden; and a grandson, James Holden Buckley.
There are no calling hours. A graveside service will be held at the Riverside Cemetery in Westville on a date to be announced in the spring.
Donations may be made in his memory to the Alice Ballard Fund of Hospice of the North Country, 3909 Route 11, Malone, NY 12953 or to the Westville Volunteer Fire and Rescue, 3891 State Route 37, Constable, NY 12926.
Arrangements are through the Cappiello-McKenzie and Cosgrove Funeral Home in Fort Covington, N.Y.