It is with great sadness to announce the funeral and burial of William Joseph Clifford “Bill” and Dorothy Ann Clifford (Quigley) “Dot”. Mr. Clifford was born in Boston, Massachusetts on August 7, 1928, and passed on September 14, 2016. He is the son of Roy and Delia Clifford. He is one of thirteen children. Mrs. Clifford was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts on December 14, 1933, and passed on April 15, 2021. Dot was the oldest daughter of Thomas and Agnes Quigley.
Bill and Dot were married on February 15, 1953, for 63 amazing years. They lived in Tewksbury, Massachusetts and Nashua, New Hampshire before moving to Melbourne, Florida over 20 years ago. The Cliffords had six children (Diane Hogan, Cathleen Wilson, William Clifford Jr., Stephen Clifford, Margaret Casey, and Mary Clifford), 10 wonderful grandchildren, and 11 beautiful great grandchildren at the time of their passing. Both loved their family wholeheartedly and glowed with joy every time they spoke about them.
Bill worked for Cooper Jarrett trucking company for 25+ years before retirement. Bill was part of the New England Teamsters. After retirement, Bill continued to remain active by working at a golf course as well as taking computer courses at a local college. Bill was an avid sport enthusiast his entire life. Baseball was his favorite! His baseball memorabilia included numerous baseball cards, autographed photos, autographed baseballs, as well as many shirts and hats. Bill would never be seen without adorning something from his favorite team—the Boston Red Sox. We would be remiss if we didn’t say GO SOX in memory of Bill.
Dot raised her children then entered the workforce part-time as a lunch worker within the Nashua School District. Although Dot did enjoy baseball with her husband, her pastime included traveling. Jumping on a cruise ship with her husband at any opportunity. Heading to the movies, shopping, and going to dinner were some of Dot’s favorite things to do. When at home, Mrs. Clifford would curl up with a great romance novel or fall asleep to a Hallmark or Lifetime movie.
Bill and Dot were active in the community. Bill was a member of the Men’s Club in St. William’s Church and the Knights of Columbus, Tewksbury Council #4336. Bill and Dot enjoyed helping at the pancake breakfasts as well as the Sunday ice cream socials at their retirement community.
Bill and Dot believed in heaven and the life we will be granted after death. Their beautiful souls are finally reunited with their youngest daughter, Mary. As hard as it is to accept the fact that they are no longer here, we are at peace knowing they are watching over us as our guardian angel.
Family and friends of William and Dorothy Clifford are respectfully invited to attend the funeral service for Bill and Dot, which will be held at St. William’s Catholic Church in Tewksbury, MA on August 14, 2021, beginning at 10:00 am. A graveside burial will be held at Tewksbury Cemetery. Celebration of life will follow the graveside burial at the Knights of Columbus at 2068 Main Street in Tewksbury, MA.