Dr. David J. Clifford

LEWISTON – Dr. David J. Clifford, DPM, 82, was born Nov. 26, 1939, the last of eight children of William and Alice Sughrue Clifford. He passed peacefully in the presence of his loving family on August 7, 2022, after a brief illness.

David attended Lewiston public schools and graduated with the class 1957 where he excelled as an interior lineman in football and a first baseman in baseball. He graduated from St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Vt. From 1961 to 1962, he served in the United States Army.

After returning to Lewiston, he married his high school sweetheart, Carmen D. Clifford, on Sept. 8, 1962, at Holy Family Church. They moved to Cleveland, Ohio where he attended the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine. He greatly enjoyed his time in Cleveland, Ohio and made many lifelong friendships there. He spent a year in Philadelphia, Pa. during his residency at St. Luke’s Hospital before returning to Lewiston to open up his own practice.

For 35 years, Dr. Clifford took great pride in practicing podiatry and serving his community. He also enjoyed his weekly visits to local nursing homes where he provided care and conversation to the residents there. David was a Life Member of the American Podiatric Medical Association. Upon his retirement, he spent several years as a professor at Andover College and then as a frequent substitute teacher in the Lewiston school system.

David enjoyed being a part of his community, especially if it involved sports. He was an enthusiastic season ticket holder for the Lewiston Maniacs hockey team and served on numerous boards, committees and booster clubs that involved his children’s teams. As a coach of youth athletics, he impacted many young lives and shared his vast knowledge and love of sports with future generations. One of his most recent and enjoyable times on the sidelines was serving under his son, David, as an assistant coach for the Lewiston Recreation League basketball program. He loved watching any and all sporting events, especially those that involved his children, grandchildren and other family members.

Dr. Clifford served on the St. Joseph’s Elementary school board, volunteered at St. Martin De Porres, participated in the Lewiston Historical Review Board Gazebo Restoration and was an active member of Prince of Peace Parish at St. Joseph’s Church.

David’s greatest joy was spending time with close friends and family. He could always be counted upon to share great stories and his contagious laughter. He enjoyed reading, spending summers at Pine Point beach, doing daily crosswords, correctly answering Jeopardy questions, watching all the New England sports teams (through all the good years and bad) and any opportunity where he could spend time with his family, children and grandchildren.

David was predeceased by the love of his life, Carmen; a sister, Constance E. Clifford, and four brothers, Attorney Jere R. Clifford and his wife Betty, Paul J. Clifford and his wife Ann, Attorney William H. Clifford Jr. and his wife Cynthia, and Peter Clifford.

David is survived by his four children, Thomas J. Clifford of Portland, daughter Cathleen C. Clifford of Groton, Conn., daughter, Christine A. Clifford (Duane P. Egan) of Portsmouth, N.H., and son, David M. Clifford of Lewiston; grandchildren William Winslow, Ashley Winslow, (Cameron Mitiguy), Kimberley Clifford, Mason Blier, Morgan Blier (Daniel Simoneau), and Sophie Kollar; and great-granddaughter, Nitalia Facchini. David is survived by his brothers Rev. Richard Clifford, S.J. of Brighton, Mass., Justice Robert Clifford and wife Tookie of Lewiston, sister-in-law, Marjorie Clifford of Lewiston; many loved godchildren; nieces and nephews; and his dog, Gronk.

Family and friends are invited to visit on Thursday August 11 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at the Pinette Dillingham and Lynch Funeral Home, 305 Alfred Plourde Parkway Lewiston, ME 04240. 784-4023. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday August 12 at 11 a.m. at Holy Family Church, Sabattus Street, Lewiston.

Online condolences and sharing of memories may be expressed at http://www.lynchbrothers.com

In lieu of flowers

and in appreciation of the exceptional care he received, donations preferred to:

St. Mary’s Health Care System Foundation

P.O. Box 7291

Lewiston, ME 04243-7291

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