Thomas Clifford, Jr.
Thomas Clifford, Jr., 76, of East Haven passed away Oct. 8 at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He was born Dec. 21, 1943, in New Haven to the late Thomas Sr. and Sarah (Higgins) Clifford. Thomas is survived by his loving wife of 36 years, Linda (Anderson) Clifford; his children Todd Clifford (Pam) of Branford, Diane Clifford of Branford, and Rachal Johnson (Tim) of Branford, her children, Dr. Diana Pitcher (Gary) of Florida, Wendy Villalta of New Haven, Dawn Sherwood (Donald) of North Branford, Robert Marinoff, Jr., (Shannon) of Georgia, and Robin Pascale (Michael) of Georgia. Thomas is also survived by 19 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, twin brother Carl Clifford, and a sister, Linda Macey.
Thomas was employed by the State of Connecticut Department of Transportation as a mechanic for 32 years, then retired in 1999. He then spent 10 years as a school bus driver for Dattco Bus Company. Thomas and his wife Linda were always devoted members of Emanuel Lutheran Church in New Haven. He had a love for cats, camping, and family. Some of the greatest moments he enjoyed were spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
On behalf of his wife and family, they would like to thank the staff of the Yale Surgical ICU for the excellent care and compassion they showed Thomas during the last days of his life.
The family received friends on Oct. 13 at the Clancy-Palumbo Funeral Home (Clancy Funeral Home), 43 Kirkham Ave., East Haven. His funeral procession then left the Clancy-Palumbo Funeral Home for a graveside service at Beaverdale Memorial Park, 90 Pine Rock Ave., New Haven. Donations may be made to the Emanuel Lutheran Church, 280 Humphrey St., New Haven, CT 06511, in memory of Thomas Clifford, Jr.