William J. Clifford Jr.

August 21, 1925May 10, 2014

William J. Clifford, Jr., ., 88, of Norwood, passed away Saturday, May 10, at home surrounded by his loving family. Born in the Mission Hill neighborhood of Boston, he was the son of William J. and Bridget Clifford. Bill was the beloved husband of the late Rita (Delaney)Clifford, the loving father of Patricia Rooney of Milford, William J. Clifford, III of Norwood, Pamela Clifford and her husband Otto Wenger of Wrentham, and Dennis Clifford and his wife, Marie, of Norfolk. He was the cherished grandfather of Shane Rooney of Dracut, Emery Wenger of Wrentham, William J. Clifford of Phoenix, AZ, Jacqueline Clifford of Foxboro, and great grandson, Mason; the dear brother of Eileen Munsell of Dedham, the late Dennis Clifford, Mary Tracey and Jack Clifford; and the beloved uncle of many nieces and nephews. Bill served in the Navy during World War II aboard the USS Ticonderoga, earning five Battle Stars. Involved in the Norwood community, Bill’s civic activities included being an active member of St. Timothy Parish, a town meeting member for nearly fifty years, and a founding volunteer and long-time member of the board of directors for Norwood Youth Hockey. He was a founder of the Westover Neighborhood Association, and a Little League Baseball coach and manager. He was co-treasurer at the Norwood Senior Center and was appointed to the Council on Aging. Bill worked as an Architectural Hardware Consultant for Channel and Barber in Boston, Construction Specialties in Randolph, and United Builders in Framingham. Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, May 15, at 9:00 AM at the Gillooly Funeral Home, 126 Walpole St., NORWOOD, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 AM at St. Timothy Church, 650 Nichols St., Norwood. Burial will follow in Highland Cemetery, Norwood. Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday, May 14 from 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in William’s memory to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 or via or to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675 or via


  • Visiting Hours Wednesday, May 14, 2014
  • Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, May 15, 2014

William J. Clifford Jr.

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Paul Flaherty

June 3, 2014

Patty, Billy, Pam, & Dennis, so sorry to learn of your Dad's passing. While it's many years ago, I have pleasant memories of visiting your house on Harrow and always being warmly greeted by both your Mom & Dad. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you in the days ahead.

May 20, 2014

-Stuka family

Gary Troilo

May 15, 2014

Dennis and Bill, sorry to hear about the loss of your Dad. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Bob Wade

May 14, 2014

We send our love and prayers to each of you, the great Clifford Family. As my godfather I have great memories of Uncle Bill and know he is "coaching the angels" as he coached me. He will be missed. Our love, Bob & Brigitte Wade.

Jake Brier

May 14, 2014

Pam, I'm so very sorry to hear of the loss of your father. My heart goes out to you and your family and I hope that all of the memories which fueled the stories that you've shared with us about him will help brighten this dark time for you and yours.

May 14, 2014

My deepest sympathy to the whole family. I dealt with Bill when he worked at United Builders. What a great guy. He was always such a gentlemen.
Ellen Donovan of Smoot Associates, Hanover, MA

James Dewar

May 14, 2014

My deepest sympathies to all. Bill and I worked together at Construction Specialties in Randolph. Bill was always a gentlman and I considered him a friend.

May 14, 2014

Billy, We are so saddened to hear of the loss of your Dad, our hearts with you. He was always a welcome presence on the Hockey Bus. The O'Brien Family

Jim & Jeanine White

May 13, 2014

To the Clifford childern and other family menbers, we are very sorry for your loss. Bill worked for me at United Builders. He was a mentor and friend. I will always cherrish to time I had with him. He was the most honest person I have ever known. He was always willing to share his knowledge of hardware, which was vast. Bll will be sadly missed. Our thoughts andprayers are with you.

Pattie DeStefano

May 13, 2014

To Pam and the Clifford Family, my deepest sympathy on the loss of your Dad. I know how hard this time is for you all. My prayers and thoughts are with you to remember your Dads spirit and the fight for life he had.
Pat DeStefano
Potpourri Group Inc.