2015-06-12 / Obituaries

Clifford Baxter

Clifford Arthur Baxter (Cliff, if you called him Clifford, he instantly didn’t like you), or Dada to a couple special people, of Kennebunk, passed away at Gosnell House on Friday, June 5, 2015, after a valiant struggle with brain cancer.

Cliff was born on June 26, 1971, to Elizabeth Butler Baxter and Richard A. Baxter presently of Rayntham, Massachusetts. Cliff graduated from Barnstable High School, Barnstable, Massachusetts, and was a graduate of Merrimack College.

Cliff met his wife, Melanee Paul, at one of his earlier jobs, Evare in Burlington, Massachusetts. Cliff often thought she was the best thing about that company.

Since 2005, Cliff has been an employee of Eisai Research Institute in Andover, as an infrastructure manager. At Eisai, Cliff was surrounded by wonderful friends and co-workers, who made his job feel like a fabulous (at times dysfunctional) family and not like work at all.

Family and friends were important to Cliff. He especially enjoyed eating good food and drink with all he loved. He was always there to help a friend or family member fix a toilet, computer, electrical outlet, TV, or any other gadget.

He enjoyed hockey, baseball, Legos and mowing the lawn with his son Jack. With Finley, he was a master “Critter” player, and a good princess dress up partner.

Besides his parents, he leaves behind his wife Melanee Paul and children, Jack and Finley. He is also survived by his sister Dianne Strier of Franklin, Massachusetts and several nieces and nephews.

He will be sadly missed, but warmly remembered by all who knew him.

Visiting hours will be at Bibber Memorial Chapel in Kennebunk on Friday, June 12 from 4 to 7 p.m.

A celebration of his life will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kennebunk on Saturday June 13 at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, we suggest a gift to either Hospice of Southern Maine (Gifts may be mailed to HSM at 180 US Route 1, Scarborough, ME 04074, or made online at www.hospiceofsouthernmaine.org/give or to the Environmental Working Group at www.ewg.org.

Arrangements are in care of Bibber Memorial Chapel, Kennebunk.

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