COBB, CLIFFORD CLYDE March 15, 1934 - October 30, 2013 Cliff Cobb, of Edgewater, MD, passed away in the early morning on October 30, 2013 from complications with cancer, at the Anne Arundel Medical Center, at the age of 79. Cliff was born in Fairbanks, Alaska, and joined the Navy in 1952 after completing high school. While in the Navy, Cliff completed aircraft mechanic's school and transferred to Patuxent River Naval Air Test Center. His favorite occupation in the Navy was working as a mess cook, and cooking was a passion throughout his life. Cliff married Virginia Wright in June of 1955 and in 1958 their only son, Chris, was born. After leaving the Navy in 1956 Cliff went to work for U.S. Geological Survey before going to work at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD where he worked until March 1989. A portion of his time at Goddard was spent installing satellite tracking stations, which provided him the opportunity to travel around the world. During these trips he made many treasured memories, with destinations including Alaska, Hawaii, Paris, England, Ecuador, Chile, and South Africa. After retiring from Goddard as the Head Construction Inspector, Cliff went to work for the National Park and Planning Commission in Prince George's County, for over 20 years, where he inspected recreational facilities for compliance with safety and building regulations. Cliff's hobbies included boating, card playing, camping, flying, hunting, archery, fishing, and crabbing. He had a tremendous sense of humor, an infectious laugh, and he loved to win when playing cards. He took great pride in entertaining family and friends whether it was for a summer crab feast on the water, hosting his family for Thanksgiving dinner, which he always prepared with the help of his grandson, Curtis, who shares his love of cooking, or taking them out for a day of fishing and water skiing on the Chesapeake Bay. Cliff's interest in flying started many years ago when he took lessons privately. He quickly became a confident and daring pilot who loved to share his plane with family and friends whenever possible, saving the daring stunts only for the ones he knew could handle them. Cliff is survived by his wife of 58 years, Virginia Ruth Cobb, his son Chris Calvin Cobb (Bonnie Lou Cobb), his two grandsons, Curtis Collin Cobb and Travis Kyle Cobb (Lauren Sue Cobb), his sister Thelma Cobb Allen (Layton Lavere Allen), and many nieces and nephews who have many, many fond and funny memories of their Uncle Cliff. The family will receive visitors at their home on Sunday, November 3 from 1:00-5:00pm. Cliff has donated his body to the State Anatomy Board for medical research and education. Please consider making a memorial donation in Cliff's name to the Cancer Research Institute. Donations can be made by calling (800) 99-CANCER, or visiting http://www.cancerresearch.org/giving-to-CRI.
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Published in The Capital on Nov. 1, 2013