Cliff joined Heritage Brass in 1994 and served faithfully with dedication and enthusiasm. He was married to Shirley, who is a great supporter of Heritage Brass and was always to be found with Cliff whenever the band had an engagement in the GTA or a distance away from home.
Cliff had been a soldier of the Danforth Citadel Corps where he was actively involved in the band and songsters, also Y.P. Band leader and Deputy Bandmaster. The change to Agincourt Temple Corps didn’t change Cliff and Shirley’s commitment and dedication as they continued to serve the Lord faithfully, impacting the lives of many people over the years.
Cliff and Shirley re-located their home to a condo at the Shepherd Village where they were able to share their faith. In recent years they organized a sing-along with an ensemble from Heritage Brass much to the delight of their neighbours. Also, during the pandemic, Cliff and Deryck Diffey put on Santa hats at Christmas time and, playing their cornets, would bring much pleasure to the people at Shepherd Village by playing favourite carols.
Prior to retirement, Cliff had been a school teacher and was a great encourager, not only at school but also within the corps. He had also been the band sergeant and was highly respected.
Cliff had a fun sense of humour and wit and would enjoy sharing good memories, usually resulting in a good laugh. He was a “straight shooter” and would speak his mind freely whenever he could support issues of great importance.
The members of Heritage Brass appreciated and respected Cliff as they served alongside him sharing their love for music and the Lord whom we serve. He is missed but will never be forgotten.
To God be the Glory