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Lynn Clapham

October 3, 1945 — December 6, 2023

RICHFORD - Lynn Burnie Clapham, 78, of East Richford Slide Road, Richford, passed away on December 6, 2023 at the Franklin County Rehab in St. Albans, Vermont.

Lynnie was born in Montreal, Quebec on October 3, 1945, to James and Jessie Burnie, both of whom had emigrated from Scotland at the beginning of WWII.  After graduating from school, Lynnie went to work at Canadian Pacific Railroad in Montreal, where she was employed for more than 30 years.  Working for CP was the beginning of her great love of travel.   Her first adventure was by train across Canada, 4 days and nights with her ‘nose pressed against the glass; I didn’t want to miss anything’.  Over the years Lynnie traveled all over Europe, to many places in the United States and the Caribbean.   She also made 6 trips to her family home in Scotland, realizing her dream of exploring her family heritage.

While on vacation in Vermont, Lynnie met her future husband, Chuck Clapham.  They married in Stowe in 1984, and made their homes in Montreal and Richford, eventually settling in Richford full time after her retirement from Canadian Pacific.  

Retirement and inactivity were not in Lynnie’s character.  Shortly after her retirement from the railroad, she became the Executive Assistant at Twincraft Skincare.  For 17 years Lynnie brought her organizational skills and travel expertise to Twincraft as an invaluable part of the team.  

After her second retirement, Lynnie enjoyed gardening, exploring antique shops, watching old movies, and sharpening her skills as a Words with Friends player.  On any given day she would have between 5 and 10 games going with her friends, winning handily far more often than not. 

Left to cherish her memory are her husband Chuck Clapham, and the many people that started out as co-workers and went on to become beloved family. 

Should you wish to make a memorial donation of any kind, please consider one that would help children in need.  And when you have a moment, make a pot of tea and have a shortbread cookie, or go out with your friends, enjoy an order of cashew chicken, and plan your next adventure.   And send love to Lynnie. 


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