Clifford M. Beach
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DELMAR — Clifford M. Beach, 77, of Delmar died Tuesday, July 24, 2012, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury.
Born April 21, 1935, in Delmar, he was a son of the late Joseph I. and Lettie Melson (Goslee) Beach.
Clifford graduated from Delmar High School with the Class of 1953. He retired in 1995 after a career of 32 years as an insurance agent for Prudential Insurance in Salisbury.
He was a 50-year member of the Delmar Volunteer Fire Department, which he joined in 1960. He served as president in 1974 and was also past treasurer, building committee chairman for the new fire station, engineer and chief driver, and through the years served in various other capacities.
He was a longtime member of St. Stephen's United Methodist Church in Delmar. Other memberships included the Delmar Lions Club, the Delmar Alumni Association and the Delmar Boosters Club, and he was a social member for many years of the Delmar VFW Post 8276. He served on the Delmar Town Council for a number of years.
In his earlier days, he enjoyed coaching in the Delmar Little League and Senior League. He loved sports and was an avid NASCAR fan and lifelong Orioles and Baltimore Colts fan. He was passionate about gardening and cooking, and was a true animal lover. He anxiously awaited spring each year as he prepared his birdhouses for the arrival of the Purple Martins.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Phyllis Twilley Beach; two sons, Barry Clifford Beach and his wife, Donna, of Oakton, Va., and Brent Craig Beach and his wife, Jada, of Grasonville, Md.; three grandchildren, Payton, Gabrielle and Cambell; a sister, Peggy Beach Ward of Delmar; and a brother, Howard S. Beach and his wife, Jean, of Selbyville. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Betty Beach Brickhouse; and three brothers, Robert "Bob" S. Beach, Joseph Douglas Beach and an infant brother, James Donald Beach.
Visitations for family and friends will be held from 6-8 p.m. Friday at Short Funeral Home in Delmar and also from 10-11 a.m. Saturday at St. Stephen's United Methodist Church, 101 E. State St. in Delmar, where a fireman's funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. The Rev. Phyllis Walton will officiate. Interment will follow the service in St. Stephen's Cemetery in Delmar.
Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to St. Stephen's United Methodist Church, 101 E. State St., Delmar, Del. 19940; Delmar Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 243, Delmar, Del. 19940; or Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Delaware, 100 W. 10th St., Suite 209, Wilmington, Del. 19801.
Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home in Delmar. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.shortfh.com.
Published in The Daily Times on July 26, 2012