CLIFFORD J. BULLIS - FRANKLIN/WEST BERKSHIRE - Clifford J. Bullis, age 66, husband of Starr (Hill) Bullis, passed away Thursday morning, April 11, 2013, at his home with his family at his side. Cliff was born May 4, 1946, in Troy, N.Y., the son of the late Leslie and Marjorie (Maynard) Bullis. Cliff was a 1964 graduate of Brigham Academy in Bakersfield. He worked for Bob Collins and Leonard Weed both in Enosburg Falls, prior to entering the service. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force
serving from 1964 to 1968, receiving his honorable discharge with the rank of SSgt. After the service, Cliff went to work in his father's garage in West Berkshire, which he eventually bought and operated for 40 years, retiring in July 2012, when he sold the garage to Kevin Russell. Cliff was a member of the American Legion Post #42 of Enosburg Falls and the Richford Lions Club. He was an avid bowler and a longtime member of the Grease Monkeys Bowling Team at the Dairy Center Bordertown League. He enjoyed going to car shows, working on his muscle car, and reading mystery novels. He was also known for his strong political opinions. Cliff was the "Keeper of the Clock" for the town of Franklin for 15 years. He was also an avid and frustrated Red Sox fan, and a longtime friend of Bill W. He is survived by his wife, Starr Bullis (Cliff and Starr began their life together in 1991); their children, Tammie Bullis and John Lacki of Sinclairville, N.Y., Dan Hill and Amanda Grant of Lyon Mountain, N.Y., Tina Bullis of Jacksonville, Fla., and Travis Hill and Amy Shrewsbury of Barre; grandchildren, Dylan Hawkins, Haley Hill, Trevor Hill, and his special buddy and grandchild, Travis Memphis Hill; his faithful companions, Sheba, his Siberian Husky, Mercedes and Benz, his Siamese cats; many cousins; and special friends, Sandor and Lucy, Tim Hopkins of Atlanta, Ga., and Phillip Snyder of W. Berkshire. Besides his parents, Cliff was predeceased by his brother, Larry Bullis. A time of visitation will take place on Sunday, April 14, 2013, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls. A memorial service will follow at the funeral home at 4 p.m. with the Rev. Jason McConnell officiating. Private messages of condolence may be sent to Cliff's family online through www.spearsfuneralhome.com.
For those who wish, contributions in Cliff's memory may be made to the Franklin County Humane Society, 30 Sunset Meadows, St. Albans, VT 05478; Franklin United Church Kitchen Renovation Project, P.O. Box 84, Franklin, VT 05457; or to the Franklin Town Clock Maintenance Fund, c/o Lisa Larivee - Town Clerk, P.O. Box 82, Franklin, VT 05457.