December 2, 1923December 9, 2018
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OAKDALE – John (Jack) S. Clewell, 95, went home into the loving arms of his Lord on Sunday, December 9th surrounded by his family at L & M Hospital in New London.

Jack was born in Berwick, PA on Dec. 2, 1923 to the late Rollin and Mary Elizabeth (Woodruff) Clewell. In March 1942 Jack joined the US Navy where he commissioned and served on the USS Bluefish during World War II until his Honorable Discharge in 1945. As a life member of the New London V.F.W. he served as commander from 1954 to 1955. Jack became a well-known shoe salesman. He was known for his professionalism and his personality when interacting with customers, especially children. He became an expert in the orthopedic shoe category and had a talent for dying shoes to the perfect hue for bridal parties and other formal occasions. Jack would also go above and beyond by making afterhours visits to several area convalescent homes to size and fit the residents residing at those homes.

On April 5, 1964, he married his soul mate, Elaine (Falk) in New London, CT. The two would jitterbug their way through their life together enjoying each other’s company as they raised their family. They were baptized together into a life of service to Christ and the church family.

Even after his retirement, Jack didn’t slow down. He became active in the Montville Senior Center and the SPEBSQSA (Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America), singing with the New London Barbershop Chorus. Jack sung lead in the quartet The Bottom Line.

His devotion to God and family were immeasurable and will be greatly missed.

Jack is survived by his wife; Elaine, his children; Elizabeth & William Rockwell of Moosup, CT, Diane Filipelli of Hayfork, CA, Richard & Maryann Clewell of Salem, CT, Mark & Lori Clewell of Chattanooga, TN, Melissa & James Gregoire of Detroit, MI, and Scott Clewell of Oakdale, CT., 13 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great grandchildren. Jack is pre-deceased by 1 great grandchild.

Visitation will be held at the Montville Funeral Home of Church & Allen, 53 Norwich-New London Tnpk., Uncasville, CT 06382 on Friday, Jan 18th from 3pm – 7pm. The family invites everyone to a Celebration of Life service which will be held on Saturday, Jan 19th from 10am till 11am with visitation from 9:00am until the time of the service at Revelation Church, 166 Bishop Rd., Bozrah, CT 06334. Military Honors will be rendered at the end of the service. A reception will immediately follow at the Oakdale Fire Department, 444 Chapel Hill Rd., Oakdale, CT 06370. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family.

Donations in Jack’s memory may be made to Revelation Church, Building Fund, 166 Bishop Rd., Bozrah, CT 06334.

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  • Calling Hours / Visitation Friday, January 18, 2019
  • Visitation Saturday, January 19, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, January 19, 2019
  • Military Honors Saturday, January 19, 2019
  • Memorial Reception Saturday, January 19, 2019


  • Burial is Private at The Convenience of The Family


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Laurie Ferendo

December 26, 2018

Jack was a wonderful man, gentle and kind. He put many shoes on my kids feet for years ......always with a smile and love. Thoughts and prayers , may he RIP god bless.

Maggie Gradilone searles

December 24, 2018

I am so sorry to hear about Jack. This is your cousin Maggie. I saw him and his wife at shop rite a few times. I asked hIm about you. I wish you well and sorry for your loss.

Glen Carlson

December 16, 2018

Our condolences to you all with the loss of Jack. He was a great guy and lived a wonderfully filled life surrounded by your love! Remember those great times and he will always be close to your heart and may you find peace during this difficult time.


Glen and John

Fannie Esidore

December 14, 2018

Elaine, My thoughts and Prayers are with you and your family during this Christmas Season and with the loss of your Husband and Father of your children. May God grant you all great memories and his continual blessings in your future lives. I have many memories of you and your family. God Bless you all. fannie

Leslie Kay Rocketto

December 13, 2018

Elaine and the kids, I have lots of memories of Jack fitting me for my ugly red orthopedic shoes. Unfortunately for him when I was little I used to cry alot, but he
was always the professional and managed to get me to laugh by the end of the appointment. He will be missed by so many kids he fitted. Rest in Peace Jack!

Gina Debona/carter

December 13, 2018

So sorry to hear about jack. Always got shoes frm him.may he r.i.p.