In Memory

John Clifford

John Clifford

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07/16/13 03:19 PM #1    

Harry Wilson

The Class of  '64 voted John Clifford and me "class chums"  in the Purple B's  "Who's Who".  Given all the great friendships that existed among our classmates, this has always been a treasured honor.  Cliff and I met in the 3rd grade after his family moved to Bogota from Manhattan.  We became inseparable friends in the 6th grade.  We remained best  friends until his passing in 1993 from cancer.  I remember all the great and fun times together...all those Mets games at Shea Stadium; annual pilgrimages to the Indy 500 with my brothers; fishing trips in Cliff's modest but functional fishing boat, the "Comfortably Numb";  and so many more extraordinary adventures.   I am especially grateful that my sons got to know and hang out with Cliff.  When we would take my boys fishing, Cliff would not even bring a fishing rod;  preferring instead to help my boys bait hooks, take fish off the line and ensure that they had a great time...always teaching them the fine points of the sport.  They really loved him, as did I.  Besides all the great times, we were always there for each other when either or both of us faced life's trials and tribulations.

Cliff joined the Navy one week after graduation from BHS.  He was trained as an aircraft mechanic and flew crew on P2V's and P3's;  submarine patrol over the Caribbean, the Mediterranian and the east coast of the U.S.  After discharge, he attended Teterboro School of Aeonautics where he earned his Airframes and Power Plants License.  He worked for a while on commuter and private aircraft, until the bottom fell out of that industry.  Cliff landed on his feet,  taking a job as a mechanic on the PATH trains.  He worked there until his passing.   He was the most gifted and talented mechanic that I ever knew.  All my family and friends would agree.  Give him any car, any engine, any motor or anything else mechanical, he could work his magic with his brains, his hands and his tools.

Cliff had two great children, Donna (my Goddaughter) and John III.  I consider myself blessed to  have known John Clifford and to call him my best friend.  I loved him and I miss him. 

Harry Wilson

07/17/13 12:43 PM #2    

Linda Calitre (Walters)

I am so sorry to hear about Cliffs passing. He was a wonderful person at Bogota; always kind and caring. Your writing about his life was beautiful.  I felt as if I got to know him as an adult.

May he rest in peace...


Linda Walters (Calitre)

07/19/13 06:14 PM #3    

Carol Daughtry (Kozakiewicz)

Harry,  What a beautiful tribute to John.  I too remember our grammer school days at #3 ( now Bixby).  The both of you were always "best buds" and our high school year book certainly showed it.  Carol Daughtry Kozakiewicz

01/12/14 01:04 AM #4    

Edith Martone (Martin)

I remember the fun times we had @ grammer school #3.  Johnny & I always had laughs together.  I also

remember dancing with him when we were learning to dance in gym class.  Harry you wrote a beautiful tribute 

to him.  Edie Martone Martin.




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