William M. Clifford
FUNERAL HOME
Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory
1799 Elm St
Manchester, NH
William M. "Bill" Clifford, 79, of Manchester, died peacefully at his home on May 2, 2018 after a courageous battle with prostate cancer.

He was born in Watervliet, NY on January 8, 1939 to Earl and Anna (Nash) Clifford. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1955 to 1957.

Bill was President of TFC Logistics and the former CEO and President of St. Johnsbury Trucking Company. He started his transportation career in 1957 as an office clerk with Associated Transport in Albany, NY. He went on to serve in many capacities with St. Johnsbury Trucking Company including Terminal Manager, Claims Prevention Manager, Director of Service, Regional Manager, Northern Division Manager and Vice-President of Sales and Operations. He was appointed President in 1981 and stayed in that position until St. Johnsbury closed in 1993. During his tenure St. Johnsbury grew to be the largest carrier in the Northeast and the 11th largest carrier in the U.S.

While President of St. Johnsbury, Clifford was very active in the industry serving as Chairman, member of the Board of Governors and Regular Common Carrier Conference, Vice-President at Large, American Trucking Association Executive Committee, Board of Directors Trucking Management Inc., President Canadian-American Motor Carriers Association, 1st Vice-President Massachusetts Motor Transport Association. 1st Vice-President Middle Atlantic Motor Rate Bureau, Chairman Board of Trustees Teamsters Locals 170 and 437 Worcester Health and Welfare Fund, Board of Trustees New England Teamsters and Trucking Industry Pension Fund.

He also served on the Board of Directors of Central New England College and was a police commissioner in Manchester for many years.

The family includes his wife of 17 years, Elaine M (Demers) Clifford; children, Tara Clifford and husband, Greg Kruszewski, Jill Clifford, Anthony Goulet and Jeff Clifford and wife, Julie; a step-daughter, Sarah Emery and husband, Eric; grandchildren; a sister, Phyllis McGrath and husband, Bud; and nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his sister, Betty Signorelli and brother-in-law, John Signorelli.

SERVICES: Calling hours are Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. at Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory, 1799 Elm St., corner of North Street, Manchester. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday at 9:30 a.m. at St. Pius X Church, 575 Candia Rd., Manchester. Committal prayers will follow at the NH State Veterans Cemetery, 110 Daniel Webster Highway, Boscawen.

Memorial donations may be made to the NH Food Bank, 700 E. Industrial Park Dr., Manchester, NH 03109.

To leave a message of condolence, visit www.lambertfuneralhome.com



Published by Union Leader on May 3, 2018.
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110 Daniel Webster Highway, Boscawen, NH
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I have been thinking a lot about him lately, I was not aware of his passing. We served at the Manchester Police Commission together. Bill was such a gentleman and a caring person. It was a pleasure to serve with him. I will always remember him fondly. My condolences to his family, he was a good man. Eva Castillo-Turgeon
Eva Castillo-Turgeon
Friend
February 26, 2021
I didn't know he passed. I worked for St.Jay for 25 1/2 years out of Baltimore Md. I met him several times and considered him to be an all around good and caring man and an excellent leader.
WILLIAM BARTHOLOMEW JR
January 4, 2021
I loved this man from the first time I met him. He was a wonderful friend to my Dad and to me too. I always enjoyed a conversation with him and found myself in awe listening to his storys. You are greatly missed Bill Clifford and whenever I think of you or see a picture of you it brings a giant smile to my face.
Laurie Cathell
Friend
April 26, 2020
Dear Elaine,
It is unbelievable that Bills untimely death was 2 years ago. As sensitive and caring as he was, In lieu of our World Pandemic and Nations Turmoil, I wonder what words of wisdom he would be sharing from what would have been his broken heart? In retrospect, as nasty as were the sicknesses that blew out the burning flames of Bill, Mickey, and John ... All within a year (?)... for their sakes it is good to KNOW THEY ARE IN A BETTER PLACE...R.I. P., Bill.
BE WELL, Elaine !
Shalom ,
Margie Milanese
Margie Milanese
Friend
April 26, 2020
Bill Clifford without a doubt was one of the finest gentleman I was fortunate to have as a true Friend his heartfelt appreciation for others and his calm steady demeanor always made me smile , Bill will always be in my heart you will be missed so much but beleive me you will Never I Mean Never be forgotten God bless you Bill there is a First Class Gentleman in Heaven Named Bill Clifford
Johnny Ray
Friend
June 7, 2018
Elaine, I am so so sorry for your loss. Bill was one of the most finest individual that I ever had the honor to meet.He would do just about anything for anyone who needed his help or most importantly, his advise. He was truly a self taught man who new and accomplished so much during his lifetime. I will always miss him and will pray for your loss.
Scott Prescott
May 17, 2018
My sincere condolences to Elaine and the family. Bill will be missed by so many people that he helped over the years. I remember as far back as Springfield MA when he was Terminal Manager. I watched him work his way up to the President's chair. I was and still am so proud to have worked for him. He always impressed me that he could remember everyone's name. God bless and RIP Bill, you deserve it.
Irene Howe
May 9, 2018
Bill you will certainly be missed. We met in 1980 when I came to work for St Johnsbury and I knew immediately that we would become friends and that you were the kind of person I wanted to work for. I'm happy that we got to speak last month and I saw how much fight you still had. It was great to spend time with you last year and wish there could have been more. Rest In peace my friend.

John Callagy
John Callagy
May 8, 2018
Elaine and family we are so sorry for the passing of Bill please know your in our hearts and prayers he was truly a great man
Brooke&Jamie Clements
Family
May 7, 2018
ELAINE, BILL BROUGHT CLASS, TO ANY ROOM HE ENTERED. I M SO THANKFUL TO HAVE BEEN A SMALL PART OF A LIFE. WELL LIVED.
Leo BARRY
May 6, 2018
Dear Elaine and family, The Mardigian brothers are all saddened by the loss of Bill. I know he is up there with his pal John at the Tiki Bar in heaven. After my dad passed, Bill gave me words of encouragement that I carry with me every day. May he rest in peace.

Gregory Mardigian, Friend, Latham N.Y.
Gregory Mardigian
Friend
May 5, 2018
Dear Elaine, I am so sorry for your loss. Bill was a great guy and wonderful leader. I worked for St. Johnsbury Trucking Co for 28 1/2 years and many of them was with Bill. I could not of asked for a better person to run St. Johnsbury Trucking Co. May he rest in peace.
Bruce Baitler
Coworker
May 4, 2018
Dear Elaine, I will always remember Bill just the way this picture looks. He was a great man and a true gentlemen!
Susan Cavanaugh-McCabe
May 4, 2018
Dear Elaine, words cannot describe my sadness and sorrow for the loss of your dear husband and my wonderful friend. We have so many wonderful memories of times together. Im sure Bill and Johnny are smiling down on us from heaven. Im so sorry that I cant come over for the wake and funeral. Im having my Aunts Memorial Mass this weekend with family and friends and Carol has dialysis on Monday. My heartfelt sorrow and prayers for you and your family.
Ed Thierbacker
Friend
May 4, 2018
Elaine, Sorry to hear of Bill's passing. May all your wonderful memories be a comfort to you and your family. Don and Sue Emery
S. Emery
Friend
May 4, 2018
In the five decades that I have worked, for a variety of companies, in several industries, I can only think of one CEO who spoke to me honestly, dealt with me fairly and treated me as an equal. St. Johnsbury Trucking Company was the best company for which I ever worked and Bill Clifford had as much to do with that as anyone else that I have ever known. He has earned his rest.
Driver Ed Weiss
Coworker
May 4, 2018
One of the nicest and most approachable people I have had the pleasure of working for. St. J hired me in 1983 to work in sales out of the Montreal terminal and I remained with the company until its closing in 1993.
I had the good fortune to meet Bill shortly after I was hired and a number of times after that. Such a gentle and classy man and it really saddens me to hear this very sad news. Rest in peace my friend and may God be with your family during this difficult time. John McMahon - Montreal co-worker.
John McMahon
Coworker
May 4, 2018
Elaine and family,we want to express our deepest sympathy,Bill was a great man,we only met a few years ago in Florida and became friends singing karaoke together,something we both enjoyed,We had some nice talks about the old days in the trucking industry and the Teamsters,We will always have Bill in our prayers as well as his family,im sure he is with John and many old friends in heaven,rest in piece Bill.
Dennis and Debbie Clancy
Friend
May 4, 2018
We are saddened to hear the news of such a well respected man and kind friend to which we have had a please of knowing and touching our lives. Our heart and prayers go out to his family in this time of sorrow. Great memories with and of him will keep his spirit alive.
Ted & Carol MacLeod
May 4, 2018
Dear Elaine and Family,

My last visit with Bill was 8 months ago while he was in ICU, and you and the children waited devotedly for your turn at his bed side. That time was one of the many he pulled through... an experience to remember. Speaking to him over the phone since then, while he courageously fought for his life and patiently dealt with his dying was a profound story of his strength and Faith. So ready to meet our Maker, and yet loving each day when the pain was tolerable. HOPE was his banner!
Bill was, and shall always be remembered for his success, but even more importantly for the way he treated everyone with love and respect. His achievements were monumental, but he was an olympic in making life more wonderful just by his caring and gentle presence... his listening ear, wise words, and compassionate heart are what I and my Florida Family will always treasure.
Elaine, thank you for sharing your dear husband with us. I am sure his dying wish was for your well-being. Bill went from your arms of Love into the ARMS OF LOVE! Take care!
Shalom,
Marge Milanese
Marge Milanese
May 3, 2018
We were saddened to hear of Bill's passing. He was a true gentleman, always clean cut and a super good friend. There was a group of us in Florida who who enjoyed our Saturday karaoke nights. Here's to you Bill and your "Summer Wind". Regards Dennis and Lynn
Dennis Parsons
Friend
May 3, 2018
Elaine, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. Jim & Janet Thibodeau
Jim & Janet Thibodeau
Friend
May 3, 2018
We both have fond memories of Bill.
One of the hardest most dedicated individuals we ever knew.
Dick (Speedy) Speath & Dottie (Harris) Speath
Dick (Speedy) & Dottie Speath
Coworker
May 3, 2018
Here's a toast to your long and successful career. May you rest in peace.
Dick Diefenbach
May 3, 2018
Chris Janes
May 3, 2018
Competitor, Business Associate, Advisor, Friend...35+ years.
Part-Time New Jersey Housemate/Dining Companion...10+ years.
It was great to have spent the time with you.
Rest In Peace
Fred (& Janis) Astle
May 3, 2018
I began my career with St. Johnsbury Trucking in Holliston and had the pleasure of knowing Bill. He treated everyone with respect and in turn everyone respected him.
May God grant your family strength during this time.
Daniel & Amy Schur
Daniel Schur
May 3, 2018
I began my career with St. Johnsbury Trucking in Holliston and had the pleasure of knowing Bill. He treated everyone with respect and in turn everyone respected him.

May God grant your family strength during this time.

Daniel & Amy Schur
Daniel Schur
Coworker
May 3, 2018
So sorry Jill and family sending love and prayers
Linda McMaster
May 3, 2018
Bill....we will miss your smile and your gentle and classy persona. You resonated a kindness and love for life, family and friends. I appreciate and I'm honored to have known you. Our conversations were always meaningful. Thank you for your support through the years in coming to "listen" to my singing performances...I am glad that you are at peace now and not suffering any longer. You are in that special place we call heaven...surrounded by others who have "crossed over". RIP, sweet Bill....we will all see and be with each other again, one day. Chris Janes (Lighthouse Point, Florida)
Chris Janes
Friend
May 3, 2018
Dear Elaine : Please know we are thinking of you and about Bill at this sad time for your family. Hoping your tears will dry as you think of the good times that bring smiles and happy memories.
Sincerely,
Mary and Don AnNderson
Marco Island, Florida
May 3, 2018
My memories of Bill will always be of man of tireless dedication to St Johnsbury Trucking Co. and the people who worked with him. He always seemed like the smartest guy in the room, yet was very approachable and sensitive to all those workers he met. He could embrace diverse segments of the people we all worked with that ranged from the Local Union Presidents and Business Agents to the night manifest clerks in a trucking terminal.
Bill had a tremendous influence on my life and that of my family. I owe him much and will miss him.
Richard Cabral
Coworker
May 3, 2018
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