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James William Clifford
September 9, 1948 ~ September 18, 2023 (age 75) 75 Years Old
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James William Clifford, 75, passed away peacefully on September 18th, 2023, surrounded by his wife and children. His courageous battle with a brief illness showed his bravery and strength, facing life’s challenges with a smile.
James is survived by his wife of 43 years, Susan, and his two daughters, Michelle Clifford and Julie Reiprich (Aaron). A proud Papa to his three grandchildren, Maxwell, Everett, and Vayda. A loving brother to Robert Clifford (Gail), and the late William Clifford (Maureen). A beloved sister-in law, Marylou Gadson (Curtis). A special Uncle to many nieces and nephews, and great nieces/nephews. He is predeceased by his parents, James W. Clifford and Hermine Clifford.
He proudly served as a sergeant in the US Army, being stationed in Germany for some time. He worked in the medical transportation industry for many years. He was a “fixer” of all things, whether it be his house, cars, or mending hearts through life’s ups and downs (as there were many, living in a house full of girls!). He was a faithful servant to God and a dedicated usher at Saint James Church.
James soaked up every ounce of life. He lived to serve and comfort others; to stir up laughter with his endless run of jokes. He was an eternal optimist, and savored the simple pleasures in life. Whether it was just a hot cup of coffee (in his “best papa ever” mug), kayaking, gardening and Adirondack trips with Susie, walks with his beloved dog (Doogan), listening to his “Jim’s hot soul jams”, and the sounds and sights of the ocean with his family. He was immensely proud of his life, often showing others pictures of his children and grand children, whom were nestled in his wallet at all times.
James had many loyal friends in his neighborhood, at the local stores throughout the area, fellow Army buddies, and sadly some who have passed before him. To know Jim, was to love him. He saw the good in all people. He will be sorely missed by all. His legacy will live on through many who knew and loved him.
Visitation services will be at J. F Rice Funeral Home, Inc. , Johnson City, NY from 5-7 pm on Thursday September 28th. A Funeral Mass will take place at St. James Church at 10:30 am on Friday September 29th. Donations may be made to the American Stroke Association in James’ honor.