Peter Dana Point – Clayton John Sockabasin, 76, passed away Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at a Bangor hospital. Clayton was born at Peter Dana Point on September 5, 1944, son of Lola and Roseann (Sopiel) Sockabasin.
He attended Princeton High School and worked in the woods until enlisting in the U.S. Army, serving in Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Following his service, Clayton returned home and worked as a carpenter and welder. He loved to hunt, trap, fish and garden. Clayton supported many charities for children around the world with donations and volunteer service. He loved and adopted many dogs.
Playing baseball was Clayton’s true passion. Starting at a young age, he grew to be a dominant pitcher playing in the Border League and Quoddy League, and later the New Brunswick Senior League. While playing at the Blue Ox Tournament, his performance led to an invitation to try out for the major leagues which led him to be signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates. During his baseball career Clayton won over 250 games, usually striking out 11 or 12 batters per game. Clayton pitched his last game at the age of 46. In 2010, Clayton was inducted into the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame and recognized by the Maine State Legislature in 2011. The ballfield at Peter Dana Point was named “Sockabasin Field” after Clayton and his brothers.
In addition to his parents, Clayton was predeceased by brothers David and Lawrence “Skeed” Sockabasin; sisters, Mary Mae Larrabee and Florence Patione; and a daughter, Ramona Nicholas. Surviving are his beloved wife Patricia (Nicholas) Sockabasin; six children, Emily Day and husband Jeff of Martha’s Vineyard, MA and their son Matt, Clayton Sockabasin and fiancé Kelly Lank of Peter Dana Point and children Clayton, Brayden, Jacob, Olivia and Isiah, Gidget (Venus) Newell of Pleasant Point and children Heidi and Sadie, Audrey Newell and husband Stephen of Indian Township and children Henry, Robi and Troy, David Nicholas and wife Glenna of Peter Dana Point and children, Jonathan, Jacob, Dianna and Audrey; Andrea Hanson and husband Ed of Alexander and children Daniel and wife Whitney and Nick and wife Rebecca, and Romana’s children Patty and Amber; fourteen great-grandchildren, Teigyn, Taijrien, Jax, Wes, Eli, Drew, Paige, Haidyn, Brynn, Kaiden, Taya, Dakota, Jonah and Isiah; three brothers Raphael Sockabasin and wife Sandy Melanson of Peter Dana Point, Patrick Sockabasin and wife Maryellen of Indian Island, and Teddy Mitchell and wife Lena of Indian Township; three sisters, Diane Campbell and Annabelle Meader both of Peter Dana Point, and Selina Mitchell of Pleasant Point; sister-in-law Ursla Newell of Pleasant Point; Godchild Julie Sockabasin; his first wife Mary Sossong of Martha’s Vineyard, MA; his beloved canine companion and best friend Tank; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visiting hours will begin 5 p.m. Thursday, April 15, 2021 at his home, 15 Oak Circle, Peter Dana Point, until 11 a.m. Saturday, April 17. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 12 noon Saturday, April 17, by Father Kevin J. Martin at the Indian Township Bingo Hall. Burial will follow in the Tribal Cemetery, Peter Dana Point. CDC guidelines such as social distancing and masks are required for all attendees. Due to family allergies, please Omit flowers. Donations in Clayton’s memory may be made to the Calais Little League, Calais Baseball Boosters, Wounded Warriors, or PAWS Bravehearts. Arrangements by Mays Funeral Home, Calais.