Walter Lee Clinton
January 7, 1933 – November 12, 2020
Walter L. Clinton, beloved husband of the late Marilyn Ryan Clinton, passed away on Thursday, November 12th 2020 at the age of 87 years old. Walter died peacefully in his home in Newton, NJ with his 3 children (Deborrah, Walter, and Diane) by his side after years of battling Alzheimer’s disease.
Walter was born at home on January 7th, 1933 in Brooklyn, NY, second youngest of 11 children to parents LeRoy Clinton and Marion Windram. Growing up in the city, he recounted the splendor of watching the Naval Ships come to dock at the Red Hook pier and having ice delivered by horse-drawn wagon. He got his first job at age 13 as a delivery boy for a local butcher, where he would carry the meat on the basket of his bicycle. He suffered the loss of his mother at a young age and was raised mostly by his sister, Dorothy. Walter went on to marry the love of his life, Marilyn, in 1952. They had known each other since elementary school.
In his early twenties Walter served in the United States Army as a medic, stationed in Aberdeen, MD. He often said he loved his time in the military so much that on the morning of his discharge he decided to stick around for lunch. Over the years he continued to work in the meat business, starting off as a butcher in Brooklyn and ascending all the way up to Vice President of Sales for Porky Products in Carteret, NJ. He took great pride in his work and would frequently tell stories to his grandchildren about the restaurants he would go to with clients. In his words, Grandpa’s job was to “do lunch”.
Walter loved his wife Marilyn immensely. They were a quintessential couple whose stories are intertwined. They started their family in Long Island, raised their kids in Newtown, Connecticut and ultimately settled in Newton, NJ. Married for 67 years, together they built a family legacy that expanded to seven great-grandchildren. He loved family gatherings, making people laugh, and going out to eat at restaurants, where he became a favorite of local wait staff. He was a wonderful father and loving grandfather who always had a smile on his face and a story to tell, and he will be deeply missed.
The family would like to extend special thanks and appreciation to Florinda Espression, Megan Espression, and Tara Jesika Reyes Espression for the love and exceptional care they provided Walter during his battle with Alzheimers. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
He is predeceased by his wife, Marilyn and is survived by his children: Deborrah Herzenberg DiMatteo,Walter Clinton Jr, and Diane Perigo, sons-in-law:Anastasio DiMatteo and David Perigo, Grandchildren: Michael Herzenberg, Sarah Florio and husband Michael, Lindsey Perigo, Matthew Perigo and wife Amanda, Amanda Clinton and fiance David Lake, McKenzie Perigo, Anthony Perigo, and Christopher Perigo, Great-Grandchildren: Braedon Perigo, Olivia Herzenberg, Bradley Perigo, Mary Florio, Ryleigh Perigo, Michael D. Florio, and Everly Perigo.
Funeral Services will be private for immediate family only at Smith-McCracken Funeral Home, Newton. In lieu of flowers please consider donating to the Alzheimer’s Association at https://www.alz.org/nj/donate. Online condolences may be offered at www.smithmccrackenfuneralhome.com.
“Well Marilyn, it’s time to go.” ~ WC
- Marilyn Clinton, Beloved Wife (deceased)
- LeRoy Clinton, Father (deceased)
- Marion (Windram) Clinton, Mother (deceased)
- Deborrah Herzenberg DiMatteo (Anastasio), Daughter
- Walter Clinton, Son
- Diane Perigo (David), Daughter
Grandchildren: Michael Herzenberg, Sarah Florio and husband, Michael, Lindsey Perigo, Matthew Perigo and wife, Amanda, Amanda Clinton and fiancé, David Lake, McKenzie Perigo, Anthony Perigo, and Christopher Perigo
Great-grandchildren: Braedon Perigo, Olivia Herzenberg, Bradley Perigo, Mary Florio, Ryleigh Perigo, Michael D. Florio, and Everly Perigo.
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November 22, 2020
Aunt Marilyn and Uncle Walter were warm and fun presences in my family's life in Red Hook and later on Long Island. Walter and my dad, Allen (a few years Walter's senior), had a strong and supportive bond.
The three of us, my father, Walter, and I even shared the same first-grade teacher, Mrs. Donovan, at PS 30.
The instructions my mom gave me before school started were clear: "Tell Mrs. Donovan you are Walter's son. Walter took school seriously; your father did not." In life as in first-grade, Uncle Walter's example was the one to follow. Thank you, Walter and Marilyn! Gary
November 16, 2020
Uncle Walter was proof that we can rise above our circumstances; life in Red Hook just made it a lot more difficult. As a boy he made the entire family proud of his drive to make a better life with his perseverance, ambition, and hard work while still attending school. He was far more mature than his years. He knew better things were in store for him.
He was chipper, upbeat, had a wonderful sense of humor and was a great story teller; even at that young age we all called him "Uncle Walter," and so he remained. Our very own "Horatio Alger."
I am fortunate to have so many fond memories of the times we spent together.
November 16, 2020
I have fondest memories of Uncle Walter and Aunt Marilyn while growing up in Brooklyn. I thought Aunt Marilyn was the prettiest girl I ever saw back then. I remember a little about that delivery bike too. Uncle Walter was a really nice person with a great sense of humor and I will always remember him that way. Heaven just got a little nicer when he went home.
November 15, 2020
I’m thinking of all of you and am sorry for your loss. When I think of my times with Grandpa, I automatically smile. His happiness and love was contagious. I am so grateful that he was a part of my life. He was one of a kind!