Sidney H. Clifford, 84, known to his friends and family as “Bunny”, was born on August 2, 1938, in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, to the late Charles P. Clifford and Marguerite M. (Jackson) Clifford.
He was educated in the Pottstown School District and employed as a Foreman at Dana Corporation for 30 years before his well earned retirement.
Bunny proudly served in the United States Army from March of '59 to March of '65, he was stationed in Germany for two years. After an honorable discharge, Bunny went on to serve the Pottstown community as a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), the American Legion, as well as a faithful member of Montgomery Lodge #1271 Elks Home (IBPOE).
Passionate about helping people and saving lives, he became a volunteer firefighter with the Empire Hook and Ladder Company. Bunny’s courage, strong work ethic, compassion for others, and selfless nature were characteristics that he instilled in his sons, as one son is an honorable firefighter and the other has an accomplished long-term career at Dana Corporation.
Among his favorite pastimes were international traveling with his partner. They toured Australia three times and cruised countless times with friends and family throughout the world. He also enjoyed watching sports, particularly the New York Mets, while snacking on black licorice. He had a soft spot for plants and would proudly showcase them throughout his home. Let’s not forget how much he loved sitting on the porch: you can see him now, legs crossed, wearing one of his many baseball caps, while smoking a cigar, and holding a fly swatter.
Bunny had a big personality and will especially be remembered for cracking jokes. He was “a cool dad” to his sons, and you could find him “performing” among friends at the local social club or hanging with the fellas at Shorty’s infamous garage. Being a straight-shooter, his material may have ruffled a few feathers, but as an entertainer, he was fun to be around. He kept his sense of humor even when he wasn’t at his best. When asked “How you feeling?” he would respond “with my hands!”
After suffering a short illness, he transitioned peacefully on Saturday, July 29, 2023. He is survived by his long-term partner, Louise A. Williams, two sons: Sidney H. Clifford Jr., and Kevin L. Clifford, mother of his sons, Taze M. Clifford, siblings: Israel Clifford and Gary Clifford; five grandchildren: Leanne Clifford, Trevon Clifford, Trenton Clifford, Tyler Clifford, and Cameron Clifford, three great-grandchildren, his partner’s sons: Frederick Wilson and William Wilson, along with a host of cousins, nieces, and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his brothers: Lester Clifford, Charles E. Clifford, Donald Clifford, and Frank Clifford and his sisters: Valeria Summers, Carolyn Gibbs, and Claudette Smith.
Bunny loved his family and would drop anything when called to come to your aid; however you remember him, we can all agree that he had a tremendous impact on our lives. Our memories of his life and his legacy will remain in our hearts forever.
Friends and relatives are invited to attend a funeral service on Wednesday, August 9, 2023 at 11 AM at Warker-Troutman Funeral Home, Inc. 726 E. High Street, Pottstown, Pennsylvania 19464. A viewing will be held from 9 AM to 11 AM.
Interment will proceed after service at Edgewood Cemetery, 989 E. High Street, Pottstown, Pennsylvania 19464.
Warker-Troutman Funeral Home, Inc. is honored to serve Bunny’s family.