The Obit For Roger Clapp

Roger G. Clapp

Published in Bangor Daily News on January 11, 2010

SKOWHEGAN - Roger G. Clapp, 77, died Jan. 8, 2010, with his loving family by his side at his home, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

He was born Nov. 16, 1932, in Milo, son of the late Forrest Sr. and Grace (Trask) Clapp. Roger played on the Milo High School basketball team. In 1949 they won the Eastern Maine Championships and in 1950 they won the Eastern Maine Championships and the State Championships. He graduated from Milo High School, Class of 1950. He then attended Bowdoin College.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1954 during the Korean War. Roger played semi-pro baseball as a pitcher for the Braves. In 1959 he pitched the most winning games of anyone in the country, including both semi-pro and pro baseball.

After baseball he worked for the Bangor & Aroostook Railroad for several years. He then was the recreation director for the town of Skowhegan for several years. After that, he worked for Maine Gas, Fairfield, until retiring.

In 1963 Roger coached his old high school basketball team and won the Eastern Maine Championships. Throughout the years Roger umpired many baseball games and refereed many basketball games. He loved watching a good horse race. He was a quiet, kind and gentle man, who loved his family. He will be dearly missed and never forgotten.

Roger was inducted into the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame in 1984. He was a member of the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials and was a member of United Methodist Church, Milo.

Roger is survived by his wife of 43 years, Nora Lee (Webb) Clapp of Skowhegan; two sons, Jon and his wife, Sheila, of Lincoln and Jac Clapp of Waterville; one daughter, Joy Clapp of Skowhegan; one grandson, Ross Clapp of Lincoln; one granddaughter, Ashley Clapp of Lincoln; two brothers, Forrest Clapp Jr. and his wife, Betty, of Virginia and Vaughn Clapp and his wife, Judy, of South Carolina; and one brother-in-law, Peter Webb and his family of Hampden.

The family says a very special thank you to Dr. Donald Dubois, who went above and beyond and for the home visits he made to Roger. The family also thanks the oncology staff at Redington-Fairview General Hospital, Skowhegan, and Health Reach Hospice, Waterville, especially his nurse, Kim Woods. All of you made his and his family's road a little easier - thank you.

Visiting hours will be held 1 p.m. until the time of service 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, at Smart & Edwards Funeral Home, 183 Madison Ave., Skowhegan, with the Rev. Mark Tanner officiating. Interment will be later in the spring at Evergreen Cemetery, Milo