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The last of the Tacoma Trainmen is gone

Post by Larry Larue / The News Tribune on Feb. 25, 2013 at 1:55 pm | No Comments »
February 25, 2013 2:00 pm
Cliff Fournier Photo by Steve Bloom
Cliff Fournier (Steve Bloom/Staff photographer)

Cliff Fournier, the last of the Tacoma Trainmen, died last week at 96.

The last of 212 trainmen who conducted trolleys through the city from 1890 to 1938, Fournier followed in the footsteps of his grandfather.

“My grandfather was a trolley conductor, a motorman we were called,” he said. “About a year or so after I started, he retired – and they gave me his badge.”

Serving in the Army during World War II, Fournier met future wife Dorine while he was on leave. They were married in 1944 and Dorine, now 87, survived him.

Their Tenino home is filled with photos of their three children, eight grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren – and an organ Cliff was learning to play.

Here’s a column from December. Cliff  was a charming, energetic man who clearly loved his family. He shall be missed.

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