December 23, 1931 ~
March 2, 2013
Cliff left us peacefully while in the caring Palliative Unit at St. Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver, B.C. after a courageous battle with many complications following open heart surgery.
He will be missed by Anita, his loving wife of 49 years with whom he shared a love of times spent with friends and family, participating in community activities, travelling the province and in earlier years, across the country. A dedicated and devoted father of two daughters Jill (Irvin) and Susan (Diego), Cliff supported his girls in all endeavours as chaperone, chauffeur, and cheerleader. Cliff is also survived by his brothers Ross and Gordon, brothers in-law Doug and Gordon (Sonja) and many nieces, nephews, great and great, great nieces and nephews. “Uncle Cliff” will be fondly remembered by many.
Born to humble means in a family farmhouse in Gray Valley, Quebec, Cliff was 2nd youngest in a family of 9 children. Always a hard worker he worked on neighbouring farms before and after school and travelled to Saskatchewan as a young teenager on the “Harvest Excursions” to work long hours scything and bringing in the sheaves during harvests.
A proud Canadian, Cliff joined the Navy in 1950 serving on the HMCS Ontario and HMCS Crusader (his favourite ship) as a gunner during the Korean War. He had great stories of his many trips to ports around the world on six different ships before he left that career in November 1960. Following his RC Navy service Cliff joined the Legion and he received his 50 year pin presented to him in January while in hospital by his friend Bob Williams.
Cliff’s second career lasted 36 years as an exceptional bus driver for Greyhound Lines of Canada. He was so proud to have carried 299,627 passengers for 2,127,598 miles (equivalent to 85 trips around the earth) with a perfect safety record. It was at this time that he met and married Anita and together they brought up Jill and Susan in Cache Creek. In 1980 Cliff designed and built Brookside Campsite which the family owned and operated for ten years. At the end of his driving career “C. A.” had the “most whiskers” and held the top spot on the seniority list in the province.
1997 brought retirement and GOLF. Some of Cliff’s happiest moments were spent with so many good friends chasing the little white ball. His unique approach to the ball, baseball stance and swing, ambidextrous drives, chips and putts were legendary not only at Semlin Valley, but also at the many nearby courses he played.
Cliff was very proud of our local Sea Cadets so the family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in his memory to RCSCC 347 Avenger PO Box 639 Ashcroft, BC V0K 1A0) to assist with their activities and trips. Grateful thanks to all those involved in Cliff’s care at St. Paul’s Hospital. The Heart Centre teams, especially Karen Remo, Kelly Van Der Gang, and the Palliative Care Unit are second to none. You will never be forgotten.
A Celebration of Life will be held on March 23, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Ashcroft Community Hall.
Arrangements entrusted to Maple Ridge Funeral Chapel and Thompson Valley Funeral Home.