OBITUARY

David G. Clifford

January 5, 1959July 18, 2021
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Of North Port, FL passed away on July 18, 2021, at the age of 62. David was born in Boston, MA. He was the first son of and predeceased in death by Elizabeth (Farren) and Donald Clifford.

David grew up in Roslindale, MA and attended Catholic Memorial High School where he excelled academically and in Track and Field. He attended UMass Boston and thereafter joined the U.S. Air Force. David was a true patriot who loved and served his country for 21 years in both active and reserve capacities. For many years, he was an Aerospace Ground Equipment Technician with the rank of Master Sergeant for the 102nd squadron out of Otis Air Base, supporting the F-106 jet interceptor fighter protecting the east coast of the United States. Dave resided in Marstons Mills with his family for many years. Following his retirement from USAF in 2004, Dave and his family moved down to North Port, Florida where he worked in refrigeration at the Walmart Distribution Center.

David had a strong love for animals. He enjoyed working in his yard and working on small projects around the house. He was a true jack of all trades! Most importantly, David was a hard worker who was devoted to his family. His children meant the world to him, and he always put them first. He was actively involved in all their lives and taught them so many valuable life lessons.

He was the husband of Donna M. Clifford and the beloved father of Jennifer L. Pedersen and her husband Eric of Stoneham, MA, David A. Clifford and his wife Heidy of Haines City, FL, and Jacqueline A. Clifford (and her partner Ridge Hawkins) of North Port, FL. David was the brother of the late Linda Boyle of Milton, MA, Donna Lordan of Cranford, NJ, Beth Hickox of Weymouth, MA, Karen Gordon of Westboro, MA, Paul Clifford of Weymouth, MA, Susan Clifford of Quincy, MA, and Stephen Clifford of FL. David is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and good friends.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of the Angels Church, Lakewood Ranch, FL on Thursday, July 29 at 10:30 AM. Visiting hours at the Robert Toale and Sons Funeral Home at Palms Memorial Park, Sarasota, FL on Wednesday, July 28th from 6-9PM. A military service will occur Thursday, July 29 at 1:00 PM at Sarasota National Cemetery, Sarasota, FL 34241.

In lieu of flowers, donations in honor of David may be made to the American Lung Association (www.lung.org) or to the Mark Bavis Leadership Foundation (www.markbavisleadershipfoundation.org).

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, July 28, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, July 29, 2021

  • Military Service

    Thursday, July 29, 2021

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Kathryn McAlduff

July 28, 2021

Susan,
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your brother Paul. Please extend my deepest condolences to your family.

My prayers are with you.

Kathy

Richard Beth and Rick Plaskus

July 26, 2021

Jen and Family,
We are so very sorry to hear about the loss of your Dad. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family

Big Hugs Much love

Michael Tierney

July 26, 2021

To all the Cliffords , Ellen and I want to express our sorrow for your loss .Growing up on Alpheus Road and having neighbors and friends like David was special . I also want to THANK David for his military service . Rest in peace David we were lucky to have known you . Mike Tierney

Tim Boyle

July 26, 2021

On the carpet at 17 Gunrock on Thanksgiving when i was 6 or 7. The boy cousins vs. Uncle David wrestling match. Jay and I went for his legs, Chris and Justin were hanging off his arms like he was a human jungle gym and I think Michael or James may have been trying to climb on his back from the stairs. We were all laughing and hollering as he peeled us off one by one and declared himself Champion of Thanksgiving!
I will miss Uncle David deeply and am thinking of you all

Love,
Timmy

Patty Canova

July 26, 2021

Dear Clifford Family,
So very sad to hear about your brother David. When I saw him last he reminded me so much of your dad. He was a kind and warm gentleman. I am sure you will deeply miss him. Prayers for his wife and children at this difficult time.
Rest in peace,David.
Love, Joey and Patty (Ahl) Canova

John Dooley

July 24, 2021

So sorry for your loss. Dave was one of the good guys living on this planet. Fond memories, so sad for me. I will pray for David and his family. John Dooley, Marstons Mills, Ma.

Jill Fletcher

July 23, 2021

Donna and family, I am so sorry for your loss. David was a wonderful father and loved his family. Please accept my deepest condolences.

Jill Fletcher

Beth Hickox

July 21, 2021

Jen, David and Jack’s,
My entire family is so saddened . Your dad was a such a nice guy. Although you never met your grandfather, you have no idea how much he was like him. A true gentleman. Not only did we lose a brother and uncle but you lost a wonderful dad. It was evident whether he was speaking of you or in your presence. He beamed.
Never forget that we are family and will always be here for you.
Love, Jim, Beth, Justin, James, Devon and Brian

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