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Timothy R Clifford
  • April 12, 1938
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  • April 09, 2018

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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.


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  1. 27 Apr 2018
    Helen says:
    I was blessed to have known Timmy and was able to enjoy some of those balloon adventures and the days on the Lake. Thank you for having been a part of my life.

  2. 16 Apr 2018
    Lori Gillman says:
    So sorry for your loss. We are so thankful to have been one of those lucky enough to go on that pontoon boat on the lake. We loved that visit. Love to all.

  3. 16 Apr 2018
    Norah Kazin says:
    We will always remember the wonderful sense of humor Ted had! Now he’s with his sisters and parents. Bless him.

  4. 16 Apr 2018
    Margaret Minnon says:
    Mr. T...going to miss you. Thanks for all the "4 o'clocks".

  5. 15 Apr 2018
    Thymaya Payne says:
    My cousin was always super fun and he had the best stories to tell. I loved hearing all about the hot air balloon adventures and cross-country excursions! My grandmother, when she was alive was obsessed with he and Ellie's Pontoon parties. I would never hear the end of it. He had a fantastic spirit and a wonderful laugh. We should all be so lucky to have lived with so much joy and love in our lives. He will be sorely missed.

  6. 15 Apr 2018
    Veronica Tyler says:
    So many fun memories made with you chasing my dads balloon around. I know there was a celebration in heaven when you arrived. I can only imagine the stories being told! You were a blessing too all who knew you.

  7. 14 Apr 2018
    Stacey Matsuda says:
    It is with a heavy heart that I write this to my Uncle Tim's loved ones...my memories of growing up with him include his crazy curly hair and humor that will keep a smile on my face as I think of him. I was thankful to have stayed at his lovely lake house when we were in town. Peace be with you all knowing there is no pain in Heaven <3 Love you all <3

  8. 14 Apr 2018
    Stacey Matsuda says:
    Dear Loved Ones,
    It is with a heavy heart that I write you all to say I am sorry for the loss of your long time friend, father and funny man, my Uncle Tim. I have fond memories of him from growing up! I'm so glad he lived a full life, enjoyed his retirement, had beautiful views from the lakehouse and an a great escape plan in FL from the MA winters. My hugs cross the miles to each and everyone of you, please feel my love as I reach my arms out around you. Much Love, Stacey (Icard) Matsuda

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