June 4, 1923 ~ October 16, 2002
In Wallingford, October 16, 2002, Clifford I. Erland of 22 Masonic Ave., formerly of Garvin Rd., Hamden, husband of Ruth MacBride Erland. Born in Port Jefferson, NY, June 4, 1923, a son of the late Charles and Elsie Smith Erland. Mr. Erland retired as a Postman for the U.S. Postal Service. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of New Haven, a Past Master of Day Spring Lodge # 30, A.F. & A.M., The Scottish Rite - Valley of New Haven, Lafayette Consistory, a Past Patron of Alice Chapter # 76, O.E.S. and the National Association of Letter Carriers. Cliff served as a coach with the Hamden Father's Baseball Association for over 30 years. Besides his wife he is survived by a daughter and her husband, Kathleen and Dennis Cowhig of Warrington, PA, a son and his wife, Kenneth and Katherine Heyse Erland of Wallingford, three brothers; Walter, Calvin and Albert Erland of Cobleskill, NY and three grandchildren; Rose Cowhig, Kyle and Ryan Erland. He was predeceased by his first wife, Rosemary Creamer Erland, a son Keith Erland, three brothers: Charles, Arthur and Lloyd Erland. Funeral service will be held at BEECHER AND BENNETT, 2300 WHITNEY AVE., HAMDEN, Saturday, October 19th at 10:A.M. Friends may call Friday from 6 - 8 P.M. A Masonic service by Day Spring Lodge # 30, A.F. & A.M. at 7 P.M. After the burial in Centerville Cemetery on Saturday, friends are invited to the Johnson Apartments, Masonic Healthcare Center, Wallingford for a reception. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Masonic Charity Foundation, PO Box 70, Wallingford, CT 06492 or to the First Baptist Church of New Haven, 205 Edwards St., New Haven CT 06511.