Cranston Briggs, O.D.

Obituary of Cranston A. Briggs, O.D.

DAYVILLE – Cranston Archer Briggs, 88, of Dayville, died October 18, 2018 at home after a brief illness. Beloved husband to Mildred (Bean) Briggs, they were married October 19, 1957.

Dr. Briggs was born in Putnam on August 16, 1930, son of the late Elbertus Archer Briggs and Helen Keech Briggs. He was a graduate of Killingly High School (1948) and the Pennsylvania State College of Optometry (1954). He served in the U. S. Army on active duty as an optometrist from 1954 through 1957 and on active army reserve through 1966. He started his optometric practice in Farmington, Maine, but returned to Danielson in 1960. He was an optometrist in private practice in Danielson for 49 years.

For almost 20 years, he and his wife enjoyed Western Square Dance, and, for many of those years, he served as a square dance caller for several clubs, as well as at the Brooklyn Senior Center and for the Holy Spirit Sisters of Putnam. Throughout his life, he enjoyed spending time at Alexander’s Lake. He had long affiliations with the United Methodist Church of Danielson, the Masons and the Grange. He was a member of the Killingly Housing Authority during the construction of the original Maple Courts project.

Besides his wife, Mildred, he leaves his children, Barbara Briggs Scripps and her husband Sebastian of New Canaan, CT, and Kenneth C. Briggs of Dayville, CT;  threegrandchildren, Katherine and Julia Scripps and James Briggs; one great-grandson, Briceson Briggs. He was pre-deceased by his first wife, Joanne Jean Yeaton, and their son, David

There will be a private graveside service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation (

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