Obituary: Clifford Mitchell

Tue, 02/07/2012 - 3:55pm

Clifford Owen Mitchell, 69, of Center Road, died Saturday, November 26, 2011, at the South County Hospital. He was the husband of Judith (Metz) Frazier Mitchell and the late Linda (McCullouch) Mitchell.

Born May 9, 1942, in Newport, he was the son of the late Earl L. Mitchell and Ruth M. (Steadman) Norlin. He was raised on Block Island and graduated in 1961 from the Block Island School. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, serving during the Vietnam War.

An avid and accomplished sailor, Clifford held a captain’s license and was a member and former Commodore of the Newport Yacht Club. He was the founder of the Owen L. Mitchell and Earl L. Mitchell annual Newport to Block Island regattas, which he ran for the past 30 years.

He was a volunteer with Block Island Maritime Institute and a member of the Block Island American Legion Post 36.

In addition to his wife, he leaves his brother, Frank E. Norlin of Middletown; his sisters, Nancy E. Sullivan and her husband of Portsmouth, and Susan Abraham and her husband Raymond of Middletown; his cousin, Lloyd V. Ripa and his wife Barbara of Middletown; and nieces Jenny, Ruth, Stacy and Susan.

Relatives and friends are invited to a memorial gathering beginning at 6 p.m., Saturday, January 28, at the Newport Yacht Club, 110 Long Wharf, Newport. A graveside service will take place at the Island Cemetery, Block Island, in the spring.

Memorial donations are respectfully requested to the Seaman’s Church Institute, 18 Market Square, Newport, RI 02840 or to the Mary D. Fund, PO Box 323, Block Island, RI 02807.

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