M.J. Smith Sons


Clifton Daniels

August 11, 1934November 8, 2020

Clifton Daniels was born on August 11th 1934 in Mobile Alabama, and was the son of Jack and Louise Daniels. He had one brother, James Daniels. Louise moved the family to Brooklyn New York in 1942 to find a better life for the family. She worked tirelessly to make sure that both Clifton and James had the needed love and support to be successful in life. Clifton was a proud product of the NYC Public School system and always spoke glowingly about being from Brooklyn NY and the positive energy of the people in NYC. It fueled him. Clifton graduated from Franklin K Lane High School where he played baseball and basketball. Basketball was the family passion. In January 1955 Clifton and James integrated the University of South Dakota basketball team as scholarship athletes. With the color barrier broken, the Daniels brothers helped the USD Coyotes team win the 1958 National College Basketball Tournament. He talked often about his coach and teammates and the impact of his experiences and friendships he developed. After graduating from the University of South Dakota, Clifton joined the United States Marine Corps. He completed the Platoon Leaders Class and became an Artillery Officer. Clifton served until 1962 and was honorably discharged. After leaving the military, Clifton began working in the NYC Public School system. He had a passion for working with young people, community development and giving back. It was his calling. Clifton continued his education and attended NYU Law School where he received his JD in 1973. He held multiple positions at Restoration Corporation in Bedford Stuyvesant Brooklyn and worked for the City of New York under the Koch, Dinkins and Giuliani administrations. He never wavered in his commitment to bring fair and equal access to resources to uplift the community. At the time of his passing Clifton was married to Liane Daniels his wife of 21 years and the love of his life. He leaves to celebrate his life his daughter, Marita; two sons, Steven and David; three grandchildren, nieces and nephews and loving relatives and friends.


  • Graveside Service

    Friday, November 13, 2020


Clifton Daniels

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phyllis dulberg

December 3, 2020

Dear Liane,

Clifton was always a strong and calm presence in our building. I remember seeing him sitting on the park bench, always smiling--with a cheerful word to all the neighbors. He will be missed.

I wish you love and healing during this special time.
phyllis dulberg

Larry Provette

November 20, 2020

Dear David and Steven,
My prayers are for both of you and all of your family. May you find joy in your memories. Your father’s presence in my life was a blessing as well as my memories of you guys growing up. Clif will truely be missed in the Brooklyn basketball community. His passion for giving back, through the actions we take, continues through the lives of us who celebrate his life.

Elsa (Beth) Jones

November 20, 2020

Dear David,
My prayers are lifted for you and all of your family. May you find peace and joy in your memories. May you feel your father’s presence and be further strengthened by his lasting gifts to you.
GOD’s Blessings.

Lesley Jones Sessler

November 19, 2020

I have fond memories of your father which bring a warm smile to my face. I pray that God provides strength for your entire family as the days turn into weeks, months, and years. May the sweetest memories add to his legacy that will live on in your hearts and storytelling of his life. And may all greatly impact each of you.

God Bless you all!


Jennifer Austin

November 18, 2020

Sending you all love and praying for you. I hope the many memories of your father will give you strength in these days, and joy in the months and years to come.
Warm embrace,

Natalie Barkley Jones

November 17, 2020

Dear David and the family of Clifton Daniels, a beautiful life is never forgotten. May prized remembrances you each had with Cliff bring peace. May you find solace in the love your heart will always hold onto. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

When you are sorrowful
look again in your heart
and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that
which has been your delight
Kahlil Gibran
With love, Natalie

David Schiffer

November 15, 2020

To Liane and the rest of Clifton's family:
Berryl and I always enjoyed seeing Clifton around 44 PPW and talking with him. To us he seemed a towering figure, always friendly and interesting to talk to when we would see him around the building and by the park. We know his passing is a great loss. Please accept our condolences.
David and Berryl Schiffer

Joyce Tyson

November 13, 2020

To the Family of Clifton Daniels:
The memory of your loved one “Cliff”, will remain with me as a man whose sincere and outgoing personality resonated. His dedication and love for family were obvious as his face lighted up during our infrequent conversations.
May memories of his love and contributions sustain you in the days ahead.
Most sincerely, Joyce Tyson
Brooklyn, New York

Jaclyn Durant

November 13, 2020

To the family and loved ones of Cliff Daniels. May his acts and words of kindness embrace the memory of his love and strength, and may the thought of his laughter make you smile, warm your heart, and accompany you through silent moments of reflection. Rest in peace Cliff Daniels.

Ursula Parrish Daniels

November 12, 2020

Dear Liane, David, Steven, Marita and the family of Clifton Daniels, I am lifting you up in prayer as you go through these difficult days. Know that His Grace and His Mercy will bring you comfort now and in the days to come. Know also that in the days to come, cherished memories of Cliff’s life on earth will bring joy to your heavy hearts.