Former Gorton's President Clouston Dies


SeafoodSource staff

Published on
March 30, 2008

Ross Clouston, former president and chairman of Gorton's of Gloucester, Mass., died Tuesday after long battle with prostate cancer.

Serving as president from 1968 to 1986, Clouston, 85, helped broaden Gorton's product line by doubling its research and development labs soon after he became president. He helped introduce heat-and-serve entrees, seafood combination dinners, crab-stuffed fish and shrimp and fish-shaped fillets for children.

Clouston also served as president of the National Fisheries Institute and the Fisheries Council of Canada. He also started two of his own companies, LaSalle Frozen Foods and Bluewater Seafoods. He sold LaSalle in the 1960s and joined Gorton's in 1963 as a VP when Gorton's bought Bluewater.

In addition to his wife, Brenda, Clouston is survived by two sons, a brother, a sister, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will take place in Wisconsin this spring.

Memorial donations may be made to Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice, W2850 State Road 28, Sheboygan Falls, Wis., 53085.

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