Clifford McGhan

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    - Jane McGhan
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Port Graham resident Clifford Seth McGhan, 74, died peacefully Oct. 31, 2010, surrounded by his wife and good friends in Ninilchik after a long illness.

Cliff was born June 15, 1936, in Seattle, Wash., the sixth of 10 children born to Clifford "Mac" and Gladys McGhan. Cliff spent most of his youth growing up on Whidby Island, Wash., and moved to Seattle to attend Highline High School. He joined the Marine Corps when he was 18 and became a tank operator. He moved to Alaska to join his brother and sisters and worked as a heavy-equipment operator, building airports all over Alaska. While working on the airport in Port Graham, he met his wife, Harrietta. They married in 1971 and moved to Port Graham. He became a commercial fisherman in the Lower Cook Inlet and Prince William Sound. In recent years, he started an excavating and snowplowing business in Port Graham.

Cliff was an avid fisherman and hunter who loved living in Port Graham, where he established many lifelong friendships. He will be remembered for his unique sense of humor. "We will miss our brother and good friend," his family stated.

Cliff is survived by his wife, Harrietta of Port Graham; son, Clifford McGhan of Port Graham; daughters, Naidine Hayes and Erin Russo of Florida as well as his stepson, Nelson Childers. Survivors also include his sisters, Colleen Davidson of Anchorage, Naidine (Jack) Johnson of Paxson, Shirley (Jerry) Coulter and Sheila (Ernie) Hatchell of Soap Lake, Wash.; and brothers, Dennis (Marianne) McGhan of Soap Lake and Tim (Lindsey) McGhan of Big Lake. He leaves seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews; and many great- and great-great-nieces and -nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clifford D. and Gladys Jane McGhan; brother, Terry; and sisters, Pat Thompson and Kelly McGhan.

His ashes will be spread, and a celebration of life will be held in Port Graham at a later date.

Published in Anchorage Daily News from Nov. 18 to Nov. 19, 2010
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