OBITUARY

Clayton A. Luf

September 10, 1965August 19, 2020

Clayton Arthur Luf, 54, of Monroe (and formerly Fairfield), CT, died unexpectedly of a heart attack on August 19, 2020.

Born in Bridgeport, CT, he was the son of Arthur C. Luf and Mary I. Luf. He attended Housatonic Community College and Bridgeport School of Nursing; however, he chose to remain a talented auto body technician who spent more than 33 years in the industry. He formerly owned Turnpike Auto Body in Bridgeport, which was originally established by his father.

Clayton was a big kid at heart who loved all things fun: concerts, boating, fishing, skiing, snowboarding, playing guitar – you name it. But mostly he was an avid train enthusiast who loved both riding the rails and recreating them on his layout. He could spend hours on the phone talking about the details of an HO model train with his brother Gerry, who also shared his passion. Additionally, Clayton was a big car buff who enjoyed traveling to various car shows around the area in whichever classic car he owned at the time, be it his Ford Model A or Model T, ’56 Bel Air, ’68 Mustang or ’69 Chevelle. He was also a past member and master of Washington Lodge No. 19 of the CT Freemasons.

Although Clayton enjoyed his various hobbies and interests there was nothing he loved and cherished more than his two daughters. He was a doting father who always took an interest in whatever his girls did and forever encouraged them to be fearless and try new things. As for his friends, he treasured each and every relationship. It didn’t matter if he last saw you yesterday or hadn’t seen you in years – he was a generous man who would drop everything if you needed him. He had an undeniable sense of humor and made everyone laugh with his quick wit and ability to tell a good story. He will be greatly missed by many.

Clayton is survived by his wife Debra, daughters Caitlin and Natalie, mother Mary, brothers Gerald Lepak and John (Susan) Luf, mother-in-law Patricia O’Connor, brother-in-law Christopher O’Connor, sister-in-law Jennifer (Ron) Preble, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his father Art, his brother Arthur Luf, Jr., and his father-in-law Gary O’Connor. He also leaves behind his dog, Lucy, who is still waiting for him to come home.

Calling hours will be on Saturday, August 29 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Spadaccino & Leo P. Gallagher & Son Community Funeral Home, 315 Monroe Turnpike, Monroe, CT. A short service will immediately follow. Masks and social distancing will be required.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to The Arthur C. Luf Children’s Burns Camp or the Connecticut Humane Society.

Services

  • Calling Hours

    Saturday, August 29, 2020

  • Prayer Service and Words of Remembrance

    Saturday, August 29, 2020

Memories

Clayton A. Luf

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Liz and Ron Vargo

September 10, 2020

Debi,

It was very shocking and upsetting to hear today on Clayton's birthday that he had passed away a few weeks ago.

You guys were the bests neighbors and friends and we are all so sad for you and the girls. We wish we were still next door to be there for you guys.

We had some fun times back in the day and I still have a photo of the 4 of us celebrating at Sakuras for one of our birthdays on my refrigerator.

Love and prayers to you and the girls,

Liz, Ron, Stephanie and Jackie



joan keller

September 10, 2020

Debra,
Thank you so much for the Thank you card. It touched both Kirk and my hearts. Clayton always had a smile on his face when he came over to talk to Kirk. He cheered me up, just seeing him smile.
I know today is Clayton's Birthday and its a rainy day just like the day of his service. I remember he came over two days before he passed.... and Kirk told me he told Clayton to enjoy his car and just drive it. (the green one). I guess Kirk had recently fixed something in it for him to make it run better. Kirk said he was very happy that day to cruise around. I am so glad that Kirk gave him that joy a few days before his passing. Clayton had parked his green car in front of our driveway so, i was just waiting for him to finish talking with Kirk. (which could be an hour). So, i did not actually speak to Clayton that day but, he did say hello with that big huge smile of his. He will be missed by all. I hope you and your family are doing okay....and if you need anything call us. Joan and Kirk Keller

Lisa Foote

August 27, 2020

We were very close to Clayton and are filled with grief at his passing. He was the kindest, most generous, and loving man we have had the pleasure to have known. Our hearts and prayers go out to Deb, Caitlin, Natalie, and Mary and the rest of his family. He always filled us with humor, kindness, laughter and love. Clayton would do anything for a friend or stranger in need. He was a very special man and we miss him greatly. Sammy and Moosie must be thrilled to have you with them. We’re not going to say goodbye buddy, just that we look forward to our reunion on the other side.
All of our love forever,
Tony and Lisa
xxxx

william vechiola

August 26, 2020

My wife and I did not have the honor of meeting Clayton but we knew Mary who was a friend and fellow nurse to my mother Marian Vechiola. Mary would frequently pick my mother up at Fairfield Beach and they would go into work together. Mary has a Heart of Gold which she has passed on to her children. Both Karen and I offer our Deep Condolences. Bill Vechiola and Karen Moyher

Rick Abramson

August 26, 2020

I knew Clayton and his brother Gerry for many years. We were all model railroaders and had a passion for the old New Haven RR.
Clayton was fabulous at body and fender work. He did some beautiful restoration work on my 1988 Bronco II.
I was deeply saddened to hear of his sudden and tragic passing. He was way too young and was a dedicated family man.
When we would get together to do some model railroading, I always enjoyed his "infectious"laugh.
I will truly miss Clayton; may he forever rest in peace.
My wife Christine and I extend our deepest condolences.

Bruce Nickel

August 26, 2020

Clayton was a good person, always friendly . I met Clayton and we hit it off immediately, always waved and had good conversations. I will always remember the times we spent at elks club in derby on super bowl day the last few years
He was funny , witty, great sense of humor. I will miss him, not seeing him riding his green Chev around, walking Lucy with his girls. Gone to soon ! RIP my friend may God bless you and hold you in his arms
Love you Clayton
See you on the other side

Robert Fitzgerald

August 25, 2020

My condolences to Debbie, Caitlin, and Natalie. Clapton, as i called him, and I had a great adolescent life together. We kept in touch from a distance for more years than we were together. I already miss him greatly. He lived life to the fullest. We saw many concerts together in New Haven, Hartford, NY City, and New Jersey. Sundays we traveled to Vista NY and played softball at Dwight Elementary School. We frequented places called the Glen, Green Dock, and Perry's Pond were we jump from bridges, docks and trees. We rode mopeds all over Fairfield and drove his 65 Mustang beyond. RIP Brother...sorry it took me a while, I didn't know how to say goodbye.

Alex Cisero

August 25, 2020

Will miss the good times at the car shows and all the laughs we had together. Rest in peace Buddy.

Tito Montanez

August 24, 2020

Dear Deb and daughters, just want you know our deepest sympathies for your loss although I’ve known Clayton for a short time he never made me feel that way! I enjoyed some deep conversations with him and when you both attended our Valentines banquet for sound the trumpet both your presence encouraged us in the ministry thanks again we will be praying for you and the girls .

Michelle Griffin

August 24, 2020

My prayers go out to the entire Luf family. Clayton will be missed.

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