November 25, 2022

Obituary: Nathaniel Stone Clifford, Jr.

Nathaniel StoneClifford, Jr.

CAPE ELIZABETH – Nathaniel “Nat” Clifford, 90, beloved husband, father and grandfather died on May 25, 2022, of complications from a stroke. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1932 to Jeanette Hume Clifford and Nathaniel Stone Clifford, and spent his early childhood there. After her father’s death in World War II, her mother remarried and the rest of her education was split between Boston and Cape Elizabeth, Maine. He attended Bowdoin College and Boston University where he earned a degree in economics and was honorably discharged from the United States Navy after serving as a radar operator on the USS Lake Champlain. Nat worked briefly for Bendix, was the sole proprietor of Clifford Construction, and later an independent consultant for the Portland Water District, New York City and other municipalities as well as private clients. He married Greta Gould in 1956 and they lived briefly in Boston and Glenrock, NJ before moving to Cape Elizabeth in 1960. Nat and Greta had two children, Nathaniel and Elizabeth. After Greta passed away, he married Marcia F. Brown in 1999. They stayed at Breakwater Farm, hosted family visits and traveled extensively, including their favorite island of Anguilla each winter. Nat was a generous and loving man who will be remembered for his long and extensive community and volunteer activities, as co-founder and 25-year member of the Cape Elizabeth Land Trust, volunteer with the Cape Elizabeth Police Reserve and member of the Cape Elizabeth Conservation Commission, South Portland Rotary Club and Audubon Society. A lover of all animals, Nat has helped transport and release rehabilitated wild birds for Avian Haven and other organizations and adopted horses and other animals from the Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals. He was a staunch supporter of Marcia’s poetic community who looked forward to his joyful presence at local events. Nat had a wide range of interests and it seemed like he could make or fix anything and still have fun. Build a racing car. Build a dune buggy. Put an addition on the house. Blow up a racing car. Build a toboggan chute. Pilot a plane. Rent a boat. Race a boat. Organize a big fireworks display for the city. Her enthusiasm for life was contagious. Marcia will miss Nat; his children, Nathaniel S. Clifford III (Alexa) of Belfast, Elizabeth (Lissa) Robinson (William) of Falmouth; and grandchildren William and Elias Robinson; Nathaniel IV and Hartley Clifford; his siblings; nieces, nephews; family members, and many, many friends. Nat will be remembered for his innate positive outlook, storytelling and gentlemanly charm. A celebration of life is planned later. Arrangements by Hobbs Funeral Home, South Portland, ME. In lieu of flowers, donations in Nat’s memory may be made to: Cape Elizabeth Land Trust330 Ocean House Rd.Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107 or to: Maine State Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to AnimalsP.O. Box 10So. Windham, Maine 04082

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