NASHUA, NH - Clement Grover Hightower, age 93,of Nashua, formerly of Naples FL and Lowell,passed away on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 in Merrimack, NH after a brief illness. He was the beloved husband of Claire L. (Lucas) (Teresko) Hightower.
He was born in Capitan, NM on Sept. 28, 1923, son of the late Perry and Julia (Artiaga) Hightower. For 12 years, Grover served in the U.S. Navy during WWII and the Korean War, having served aboard the U.S.S. Concord. In 1946, he participated in the Atomic Bomb test on the Pacific Island of Bikini.
Grover met his first wife, Marie Cecile Robinson in Boston in 1945 and predeceased him in 1956. He worked for 32 years for Raytheon Co. in Lowell as a foreman and a senior industrial engineer where he designed and received U.S. patents for several electro magnetic devices.
He was a member of the VFW Post #7369, the American Legion Post #135 and the AMVETS #23, all of Naples Florida, the American Legion Post #247 in Tyngsborough and was a former member of the Naples Lodge of Elks #2010. Grover loved playing golf and was a former member of the Mt. Pleasant Golf Club in Lowell for many years where he also served as past president.
Besides his loving wife, Claire, he is survived by one son, Brian Hightower and his wife Starla of Filmore, CA; four daughters, Lynn Hightower and her partner David Hyattof Salem, NH, Mary Sweeney and her husband Mike of Lowell, Cheryl Spinazzola and her husband Sam of Haverhill, and Lori Belski and her husband Marc of Somerville; four step children, Ann Hodgson and her husband Jeff of Tyngsborough, Elaine Briere and her husband Marc of Pepperell, Diane Hodgson and her partner Philip Roizin of Nashua, NH, and Walter Teresko and his partner Sharon Murray of Amherst, NH; a sister, Ruth Burleson of Garden Grove, CA; 16 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was the father of the late Charlene Bell and brother of the late Jean Armstrong and John Hightower.
ARRANGEMENTS - Family and friends may gather to honor and remember Grover at the J. A. HEALY SONS FUNERAL HOME, 57 N. Main St., WESTFORD, on Monday, June 19 from 4 to 7pm. His Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday morning at 9 o'clock at St. Catherine of Alexandria Church, 107 N. Main St., Westford. Interment will be private. To share your thoughts and memories of Grover, please click the sign guestbook link.