Clifford H. Smith (1927 - 2014)

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CUBA - Clifford H. Smith of 9033 Spring St., passed away on Friday (May 2, 2014) in Olean General Hospital following an illness.
Clifford was born on Dec. 26, 1927, in Olean, and was a son of Melvin and Elizabeth Whitcher Smith. On Nov. 25, 1951, in Cuba, he married his loving wife of 48 years, Helen L. Dalaba, who predeceased him Jan. 26, 2000.
As a teenager Clifford worked on the farm before enlisting in the United States Army during WWII. After the war he worked William Shot Roofing and then for Murry-Page Auto in Olean. Clifford began working at ACME in Cuba about 1949 and retired in 1991 after 42 years of service. After the war, he also was a member of the Civil Defense in Cuba for a number of years. He was a former member of the Cuba VFW and Cuba American Legion. He enjoyed gardening, hunting & fishing, carpentry and farming. He will be remembered as a very generous, giving and caring man who always put other people first.
Surviving Clifford are a daughter, Nancy E. (Michael) Papalia of Jamestown; four sons, Clifford A. (Diane) Smith of Cuba, Terry L. (Donna) Smith of Cuba, David H. (Rose Kish) Smith of Belmont, and Timmy M. Smith of Cuba; two grandchildren, Brian (Rosanna) Papalia, and Karen (Jeremy) Martin; four great-grandchildren, Alysa and Erica Papalia, and Noah and Samuel Martin; a brother and a sister, Charles Smith of Olean, and Emma Hicklin of Cuba; and many nieces and nephews
In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by seven siblings, Melvin, John, Henry and Daniel Smith, Margaret Chokrach, Maybell L. Glaske and Mary Washington
Friends will be received from 4 to 7 p.m. today (Monday, May 5, 2014), in the Letro-McIntosh-Spink Funeral Home Inc., 24 Genesee Parkway, Cuba. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday (May 6, 2014), in the Cuba First Baptist Church. The Rev. Larry A. Poelma, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Cuba Cemetery, Cuba.
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Cuba, NY 14727
(585) 968-1220
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Published in The Olean Times Herald on May 5, 2014
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