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Clifford Crook III
  • May 13, 1941
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  • October 08, 2018

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Clifford Crook III passed away on Monday, October 8, 2018, at the Hospice Care Center Edgewater, Florida in the presence of his loving wife, Lynn.  He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Lynn Crook, his daughter, Courtney Mann, his daughter, Stephanie Bellafiore, his son-in-law,  Ian Bellafiore, and his two granddaughters, Aidia and Kira Bellafiore.

 

     As Cliff would say, it’s the same ol’ story about a boy from Baltimore, born on May 13, 1941, in Catonsville, MD.  He spent his childhood and high school years in Catonsville and Ocean City, MD.  His love of nature started in Ocean City, spending his days crabbing with his cousins, playing in the ocean and working as a beach stand operator(while bleaching his hair).

     Lacrosse took him to Geneva, NY, where he attended Hobart College.  He spoke often of these days as one of the best experiences of his life.  Here, he developed cherished lifelong friendships and the knowledge of what it truly meant to be a Statesman.  After being commissioned through the Reserve Officers Training Corps program for the Air Force, Cliff earned his J.D. degree from University of Maryland.  Cliff was stationed at Beale AFB, California, where he served as a JAG officer.  He was transferred to De Nang AB, Vietnam to complete his tour of duty.  Upon returning to the states, he became the Chief Law Clerk for the District Court of Baltimore, MD.  After a few years, he started his career in D.C., first as an associate/special partner for Wilkes Artis, then as Assistant Legal Counsel for Legal Services Corporation.  He continued his work for the government as General Counsel at the Department of Energy.  He took a couple of years to become Legal Counsel for the Peace Corps before returning to the DOE, where he finished his career.

     Cliff always maintained that what helped him get through his law career was the valued friendships he made, his family, and his love of travel.  While building his career,  Cliff enjoyed being a father to his two daughters, Stephanie and Courtney, and a husband to his favorite lady, A. Lynn.  In Adelphi, MD, he helped create Club Mitch, a community of friends and neighbors that became family.  Tales are still being told of these days.  Cliff continued to build this “family” throughout his many travels.  His love of nature and all of God’s creatures took him and his family out West numerous times.  Cliff found a piece of his soul out West and held those trips and the people close to his heart.  He also returned to Ocean City, MD.  He spent several years there inviting more people into his “family”, before moving with Lynn to New Smyrna Beach, FL.

     In NSB, Cliff discovered his favorite occupation, being Papa(Pe) to his granddaughters, Aidia and Kira.  He loved exposing them and his to son-in-law, Ian, to his love of the arts and travel.  When he was off duty, he was busy talking about his family to everyone he met, from his pals at Ruthy’s to his co-volunteers at Blind Services and Winter Park Playhouse.  

     Cliff loved life and everyone and every stray cat he met along his journey.  He spent his days letting people know he loved them and how wonderful, wonderful life could be.  He would not want us to dwell too long on his passing.  Rather, he would want  us to look forward and remember, he is “absent from the body and home with the Lord.”  Cliff wished for everyone to be kind to themselves and others and to “be safe out there.”

 

Cliff did not want any funeral services.  In lieu of flowers, he and  the family request donations to be made in his name to  Halifax Health Hospice

https://www.halifaxhealth.org/services-treatments/our-services/hospice-care/giving/donation-portal

 

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To make a charitable donation check by mail, please mail to:

 

Halifax  Health – Hospice, Fund Development

3800 Woodbriar Trail

Port Orange, FL 32169


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    Captain Crook 1967

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    Karen’s law school graduation- San Diego, June 1990

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  11. 12 Oct 2018
    Katie Petrone McKeon says:
    Sending lots of love and hugs down from Maryland! Cliff was such a wonderful person and I have some of the fondest memories from childhood that include you all! My family was so lucky to know him and will always remember him! Love you all!

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    Winter Park Playhouse usher friends (lft to rt) Eric Steckel, Andy Peck and Cliff Crook
    Winter Park Playhouse usher friends (lft to rt) Eric Steckel, Andy Peck and Cliff Crook

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    My best friend, always ❤️ The best grandpa and role model. Can’t wair to follow in his footsteps.
    My best friend, always ❤️ The best grandpa and role model. Can’t wair to follow in his footsteps.

  15. 12 Oct 2018
    Heather Alexander says:
    Dearest Lynn, Stephanie and Courtney,
    We are deeply saddened by the news of Cliff's passing. He was an amazing man and filled the world with great love and light. We will always remember his wonderful stories and his laughter ringing through the lobby of The Winter Park Playhouse. He was an integral part of our Playhouse family and we loved him. We will miss him so much and are sending you love and prayers for peace.
    All our love,
    Heather (and the Playhouse family)

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    In our memories forever

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    My Protector
    Forever & Always
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    Wedding Day 1982

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Newport Beach 2018
    Pe and his girls
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    Curry Dr crew

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    Papa, Aidia, and Kira
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Catalina Island 2014
    Lynn and Cliff
    Catalina Island 2014

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