PORTLAND – Clayton “Tiger” Bragdon left this world July 26, 2013, after 60 well lived years. Tiger was born Oct. 6, 1952, in Rochester, N.H., son of Clayton M. and Abbie A. (Hatch) Bragdon.
He grew up in Southern Maine and was a graduate of Noble High School, class of 1970. Tiger entered into the restaurant business at a young age, teaching himself the preparation of fine foods and the value of customer service. Tiger was not happy unless his patrons were happy, and that was his driving force in life as well. He never passed up an opportunity to have a good time, or provide one for others. As proprietor of such fine restaurants as Gepetto’s USA at Sugarloaf, and Trails End Steakhouse, Eustis, Tiger quickly earned the respect of his colleagues and patrons. Tiger was a larger than life figure that exemplified the phrase “living life to the fullest.” A former athlete, avid golfer and tuna fisherman, Tiger enjoyed watching and attending Patriot’s games as well as rooting for his favorite teams. A true man of the people, Tiger will be greatly missed by his family and all his dear friends and devoted patrons.
Predeceasing Tiger was his father, Clayton M. Bragdon Sr. Surviving is Tiger’s mother, Abbie Bragdon; son, Army Capt. Benjamin Bragdon and wife, Sara, of Roanoke, Ala.; former wife and dear friend, Deborah Bragdon of North Berwick; and two brothers, Timothy Bragdon and wife, Sue, of Lebanon, and Emil Bragdon of Irving, Texas.
Please join the family for a time of fellowship and celebration of Tiger’s life 1-4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, at Falmouth Country Club, 1 Congressional Dr., Falmouth. In lieu of flowers, the Bragdon family suggests memorials be made to HIP Fund, care of Gepetto’s, 9000 Main St., Carabassett Valley, ME 04947. Care for Tiger and his family has been entrusted to Jones, Rich & Hutchins Funeral Home of Portland.