LITTLE COMPTON, Rhode Island formerly of Woodstock — Please join for a celebration of life at St. Andrew’s by the Sea in Little Compton, Rhode Island on Saturday Jan. 13 at 11 a.m. for Walter S. Cluett, who died Dec. 31, 2017. The service will be open to eulogies and will be followed by a reception on site at St. Andrew’s.
Mr. Cluett was meticulous by nature and an architect by profession who designed many complex residential and commercial buildings. His work expressed beauty, grace and balance. He practiced in both Boston and Woodstock.
Mr. Cluett served two terms as a Trustee for the Village of Woodstock. During his terms he worked diligently to preserve of the covered bridges, improved village infrastructure, and helped preserve the beauty of Woodstock.
Mr. Cluett had a love for sailing throughout his life, which began in childhood at the Sakonnet Yacht Club, in Little Compton, Rhode Island. Sailing brought him from the shores of Rhode Island to the islands of the Caribbean.
In retirement Mr. Cluett studied boat design and building at The Landing School in Arundel, Maine. Here he applied his mathematical and architectural skill sets to his passion for sailing where he designed and built boats. Upon returning to Little Compton, Rhode Island, he used his new skills to create intricate model boats, building models as real boats are built, down to each ore lock, cleat, and plank. Some of his work has been published in the Ships in Scale magazine and is on display at the Herreshoff Marine Museum in Bristol, Rhode Island.
He enjoyed a wide range of hobbies throughout his life. These included fast cars, sculpture, painting, gardening, and puzzles – both mental and physical. If it challenged his mind, he was interested. And, when challenged he performed with intellectual acuity and physical skill.
Mr. Cluett attended St. Paul’s School in Concord, New Hampshire and is a graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He served in the US Army as an Airborne Ranger.
He is survived by his son Kyre Cluett and family; and by his daughter Sereyna Cagle and family.
This obituary will also appear in the January 11, 2018 edition of the Vermont Standard.
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