William H. Clifford Jr.
1929 - 2019
BORN
1929
DIED
2019
FUNERAL HOME
Albert & Burpee Funeral Home
253 Pine St
Lewiston, ME
AUBURN - William (Bim) H. Clifford Jr., a long-term Lewiston resident, died peacefully in his home on July 4, 2019, knowing he was deeply loved by his children, grandchildren, family, and friends. Bim was born in Lewiston on Oct. 20, 1929, the son of Attorney William H. Clifford, Sr. and Alice Sughrue Clifford. He attended Lewiston Public Schools and Hebron Academy. In 1951, he graduated from Bowdoin College, where his primary focus was on cribbage and football. Following graduation, he served in the United States Army, from 1951 to 1953. He then attended Boston University Law School, and soon after passing the bar he began practicing law at Clifford and Clifford, as well as serving as an Assistant County Attorney for Androscoggin County. In 1966 he was elected County Attorney, where he served two terms. Bim was also elected to the Maine State Senate and served in the 105th legislature. He was passionate about his community and incredibly civic-minded, volunteering as a member of the Lewiston Historic Preservation Commission and serving as Chairman for several years. He loved working, and his final years were spent in counsel with the firm of Skelton, Taintor, and Abbott. Bim was an excellent golfer and a member of Martindale Country Club. He served in many leadership positions, including chairing the committee that planned and constructed the back nine holes at the course, making Martindale one of Maine's premier golf courses. He shot at least one hole-in-one, and at age 69 played a round of golf where he scored a 69. While he loved golf and life in general, Bim's true passion was furniture making. He took great pride in learning, planning, making, and eventually gifting his Shaker and Windsor style furniture to family and friends over 50 years. Bim was also incredibly proud of the friendships and community he developed in the nearly 30 years he spent as part of Alcoholics Anonymous. He was a sponsor to many who suffered various addictions and helped guide himself, and many others, to sobriety. He was also a member of Saint Joseph's Parish where he proudly served as both a Lector and a Eucharistic Minister for many years.In 1965 he married Cynthia Searles Clifford, the one love of his life, who predeceased him in January of 2019. Their 54 years of marriage was filled with love for each other, a mutual love of antiques, an extended bridge community, family, and many wonderful, dear friendships. Bim is survived by three children - Paul Clifford of Portland, Constance Clifford and her husband Scott Burrill of Freeport, Adam Clifford and his wife Wendy of Bristol, R.I.; as well as four grandchildren: William Clifford, Tyler McMinn, and Elias and Willa Burrill.Bim is survived by four brothers: Peter and Marjory Clifford, of Lewiston; Rev. Richard Clifford, S.J. of Brighton, Mass.; Justice Robert Clifford and his wife Tookie; and Doctor David Clifford and his wife Carmen of Lewiston; as well as in-laws from the Searles family; and 20 beloved nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister Constance E. Clifford, and two brothers, Attorney Jere R. Clifford and his wife Betty, and Paul J. Clifford and his wife Ann.A celebration of life for Bim will be held at the Albert & Burpee Funeral Home, 253 Pine St., Lewiston, on Wednesday July 10, from 5-8 p.m. Condolences and a video tribute may be found online at www.Albert-Burpee.com.Donations maybe be madein his memory to the:Trinity Jubilee Center247 Bates St.Lewiston, ME 04240



Published by Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Jul. 8, 2019.
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10
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5:00p.m. - 8:00p.m.
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Bim was a true inspiration to me; his character, humility, integrity and sincere commitment to public service left an indelible impression upon me and so many others. He truly understood that society is only as strong as the faith and commitment of its members to subordinate their personal interests to the greater good of the community. His sense of humor and wit were truly remarkable. My personal hero was Jackie Robinson who said " a life itself Is not important except as to its impact upon other lives." Bim will always be cherished as the kind and generous soul he was.
Paul Gauvreau
Family Friend
July 15, 2019
Deepest condolences from the Norbert Family to all the Cliffords. Bim was a wonderful man from a wonderful family! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Norbert Family
July 8, 2019
a loved one
July 8, 2019
Christopher R Fahey
July 8, 2019
Paul and family,
Sending our sincere condolences to you and your family.
Jeffrey and Bonnie Nadeau
Bonnie Nadeau
July 8, 2019
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