Clifford Alexander Moore

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1989 - 2018
Clifford Alexander Moore of New York, NY, died June 3, 2018, in Brooklyn, from an accidental overdose. He was just 28.

Cliff was born in Orlando, Florida on July 22, 1989 - premature and weighing just over 2 pounds, he learned early how to fight to be strong, to be seen, and to be heard.

He spent his youth in Pullman, Washington, and his teens in Olympia. He then attended Brooks Institute, in Ventura, California, where in 2013, he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film Studies. While living in Southern California and when not shopping for streetwear on Fairfax, Cliff could often be found on the Warner Brothers lot working as a casting assistant and production assistant, and was a frequent extra on Glee.

But Cliff's first love was music. A dedicated EDM aficionado, festival season was his favorite time of year, and the highlight was EDC, where he found a community that embraced him, and where he felt truly at home. A gifted writer, Cliff wrote for EDM Identity, keeping readers abreast of the latest news, relating his festival experiences, and offering helpful tips to first-timers.

In 2015, during a visit to San Francisco, he met his partner, Daniel Brownstone. Cliff and Dan loved each other deeply. They became inseparable, living together in Walnut Creek, and then, from 2016, in New York City. Cliff spent many evenings at lawyer events; Dan found himself enjoying DJ's spinning at clubs into the wee hours. They traveled together often - Seattle, LA, New York, Boston, Chicago, D.C., the Bahamas, London, Paris, and throughout Italy and Israel. They shared inside jokes and funny memories on virtually every topic, and Cliff's playfulness and quick wit were incomparable. They both loved dogs, and were on a long waiting list to get a German Shepherd together. No matter what else might be going on in the world and in their individual lives, the intensity of their bond never wavered.

Deeply loyal to his family and friends, all knew that Cliff would do anything for them. He also had a special place in his heart for those less fortunate. One summer night in Chicago, he sat up talking with a homeless trans woman whose experience and insight moved him so deeply that he decided to return to school, working toward a second degree at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

While Cliff was brightening the lives of those around him, he was struggling with his own demons. Tragically, he succumbed to an accidental overdose just as he was getting ready to fight once again for his health and his dreams.

In addition to his partner Daniel, he is survived by his mother and father, Mea and Clifford C. Moore, of Yakima, Washington. Celebrations of his life will be held this fall in both New York and Los Angeles.

Donations may be made to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (https://ifundraise.nami.org/index.c
fm) and to STOMP Out Bullying (https://securedonate.stompoutbullyi
ng.org/np/clients/stomp/donation.js
p?campaign=203).
Published on NYTimes.com from Aug. 10 to Aug. 11, 2018