CLIFFORD L. WYAND - BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. - Clifford L. Wyand, 88, of Bonita Springs, Fla., died peacefully on Oct. 17, 2012, in the care of Hope Hospice, Joanne's House, in Bonita Springs, following a brief illness. Formerly of Burlington, Vt., and Plattsburgh, N.Y., he had been a Bonita resident for the past 11 years. He was born in Rochester, N.Y., on Nov. 29, 1923, the son of Charles and Rose Wyand. Cliff was a veteran of World War II, serving with the 82nd Engineer Combat Battalion. He participated in five major battles including the second day of the Normandy invasion. After the war, he attended LeMoyne College in Syracuse, N.Y., graduating with a B.S. in Pure Science. He married the love of his life, Gerri (Reif), on May 24, 1947, and they made their home in Syracuse while he pursued a career in chemistry at Carrier Corp. In 1961, Cliff took a position with IBM and spent the next 25 years working for them in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and Burlington, Vt. While in Poughkeepsie, he also taught evening classes in chemistry at Marist College. He retired from IBM in 1987. Cliff was a voracious reader, particularly when it came to history or politics. He was always up for a "good debate," no matter what the subject. In his retirement years, he could always be seen walking, swimming or honing his skills on the bocce courts. In addition to his loving wife of 65 years, Gerri, he is survived by his children, David (Mary Kay) Wyand of Sunapee, N.H., Douglas (Gail) Wyand of South Burlington, Vt., Daniel (Mary Kay) of Danville, Vt., Thomas (Dianne) Wyand of Plattsburgh, N.Y., Charles (Mary Ann) of New Fairfield, Conn., Clifford (Cathy) Wyand Jr. of Plattsburgh, N.Y., James (Melanie) Wyand of Plattsburgh, N.Y., Mary (Paul Vellutini) Wyand of Berkeley, Calif., Robert (Leslie) Wyand of Plattsburgh, N.Y., Kathleen (Derek) Pratt of New Smyrna Beach, Fla., Teresa (Hans) LeFebvre of China Grove, N.C., and Mark Wyand of Plattsburgh, N.Y.; and sister, Cathryn Flanagan of Rochester, N.Y. Cliff was blessed with 31 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews; as well as, Frank and Lisa Felicelli and family of Hillsborough, N.C., with whom he had a special relationship. He was predeceased by his daughter, Susan Stancill; grandson, Jeffrey Wyand; brother, Carl Wyand; and sister-in-law, Audrey Wyand. There will be no visiting hours. A private celebration of Cliff's life will take place at a later date in Plattsburgh, N.Y. For those who wish, donations may be made in Cliff's memory to Camp Ta-Kum-Ta, PO Box 459, South Hero, VT 05486, or to Hope Hospice, Joanne's House, 27200 Imperial Pkwy., Bonita Springs, FL 34135.

Published in The Burlington Free Press on Nov. 8, 2012