Timothy R. Clifford
Timothy R. Clifford, 79, of Hopkinton, MA, and Oak Hill, FL, passed away on Monday, April 9 in Daytona Beach, FL. He is predeceased by his parents, Timothy and Katherine Clifford, and two sisters, Mary and Elizabeth (Betty), of Worcester, MA. He leaves behind his beloved long-time companion, Eleanor (Ellie) Arsenault, as well as his daughter Allison Clifford, her husband Scott Aronson, and their sons Nathaniel and Zachary, all of Silver Spring, MD. Tim also leaves his brother John (Jack) Clifford and wife Susan of Castle Rock, CO, and his former wife Gail Clifford of Woodville, MA. He also leaves behind countless friends and extended family members.
Tim graduated from Classical High School in Worcester, MA, and received a bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University. He proudly served in the US Navy from 1958 to 1960 on the Destroyer the USS Abbott. Tim worked for decades as an electrical and manufacturing engineer, and retired from General Dynamics in 2000. He loved to travel, and often talked about his adventures in Australia, where he crewed for a hot air balloon team in a race across the continent celebrating the 200th anniversary of Australia. In his retirement, he enjoyed spending his summers with Ellie in Hopkinton and taking friends out on Lake Maspenock in his pontoon boat. He and Ellie spent the cooler months in Florida, enjoying the sunshine and hosting visiting friends and family members. Tim will be warmly remembered for his storytelling, Mai-Tai making, and excellent sense of humor.
At the request of the deceased, no formal services will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Massachusetts Eye and Ear at https://www.masseyeandear.org/makeagift.