Calvin C. “Lucky” Milton, 87, Portsmouth

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Calvin C. “Lucky” Milton, 87, of Portsmouth, died Friday, Dec. 20, 2013 at Grace Barker Nursing Center in Warren, after a courageous fight with cancer.

He was the husband of Dorothy M. (Borden) Milton.

Born in Augusta, Ga., on Dec. 17, 1926, he was the son of the late Samuel and Charlotte (Peak) Milton, and was the son-in-law of the late Ernest and Anna (Gomes) Borden of Portsmouth.

Mr. Milton came to Rhode Island as a member of the U.S. Navy stationed in Newport and made it his home.

He was an arborist for Samuel Kinder Brother Tree Experts.

Besides his beloved wife of 63 years, he is survived by his daughter, Wanda Smith and her husband Walter of Portsmouth; his grandsons, Keith Molden and his wife Kaitlyn Downing of Hudson, Fla., and Kenneth Molden and his children Kamrin and Myah Pratt of Portsmouth.

He is also survived by his brother-in-law Edward Borden and wife Barbara of Portsmouth; brother-in-law Ernest Borden and wife Gail of Clearwater, Fla.; and sister-in-law Beulah Pettey of Portsmouth; his nieces, Kristine Mancini and her daughters, Mia and Lidia of Bristol, Patty Alsheimer and husband Billy, Lisa Brown and husband Glen and children, Sue Rodrigues and husband TJ and children, all of Portsmouth, Ann Oliver and husband Ted and children of Attleboro, Mass.; his nephews Craig Borden and wife Dawn and children of Portsmouth, Scott Borden and wife Laura and children of Braselton, Ga., Ernest Borden and wife Ellen and children of Goleta, Calif., and John Souza and wife Lisa and children of Portsmouth.

Mr. Milton loved his family, the ocean, playing cards and yard-saling with his wife where they could be seen out on the weekends.

Mr. Milton proudly was a 32 degree Freemason and past Master of St. John's Masonic Temple in Portsmouth. He was also a member of the Scottish Rite and Shriners.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.

My family wishes to extend their gratitude to the Grace Barker Nursing Center and Beacon Hospice for the wonderful care and kind support given to my father and to us all through this difficult time.

Services will be announced at a later date.

Condolences and information available at www.memorialfuneralhome.com.

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