William F. Clifford
1925 - 2016
Olson Burke-Sullivan Funeral and Cremation Center
6467 N Northwest Hwy
Chicago, IL
Clifford, William F. Of Chicago, IL passed away on December 9, 2016 at the age of 91. William was born to parents, William Clifford and Josephine Keating, on October 26, 1925 in Chicago, IL. He was an only child and graduated high school from Boys Town, NE. William organized the first Boys Town Alumni Chapter in Chicago and is a lifetime member of Boys Town. In 1944, he enlisted in the Naval Reserves and reached Second Class Seaman during WWII. In 1949, William took a position at the MWRD, working there for 59 years, until his retirement in 2008. He was a 60 year member of the AFL-CIO Local #9. William married Mary Prall in 1967, and the couple had three children. He is survived by his daughters, Shannon Catherine and Margaret Maureen; and his son Creighton John; three grandchildren, Aaron, Joshua, and Matilda Farkas. A memorial service will be held at Olson Burke/Sullivan Funeral & Cremation Center, 6471 N. Northwest Highway, Chicago, IL 60631 on Sunday, December 18, 2016 between the hours of 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Military Funeral with honors at 2:45 p.m. Cremated remains will be interred in Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery. The family is grateful for condolences but declines flowers and donations. Info: 773-774-3333.

Published by Chicago Sun-Times on Dec. 16, 2016.
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My Grandpa was a no nonsense man, serious about his daily routine and always told me to have a buck in my pocket. He was a product of the Great Depression and all the horrors that came with it. He lived through so many hardships in his life as he told me about it. Managed to become a success despite all of that. I always will look up to you for teaching me a lot about the world. Hope your resting easy Grandpa, it’s been 4 years but it feels like you just died yesterday sometimes. -J
Joshua Farkas
December 10, 2020
I got to know Bill at the MWRD as a Lab Technician Bill would always tell me he could "light (my) fire" but I was responsible for making it burn (continuously); he was proud of his Jesuit upbringing and I could relate to it since I have had previous experience with these teachings; Bill was a no nonsense guy and demanded you look at him when he spoke; and rightly so; I admired this in him and I enjoyed his keen storytelling talent and his genuine interest in myself.
So long old friend...I cannot forget you
February 20, 2018
December 20, 2016
Clifford family I'm sorry for your loss of William my thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time. My the God of comfort, comfort your family.
C Rivera
December 19, 2016
To Clifford Family, I'D like to provide comfort from the bible at Hosea 13:14.
December 19, 2016
May your Treasured Memories shine through your sorrow. May the God of All Comfort who gives Hope @ John 6:40; Ps 37:29 be with you during this sad time.
December 19, 2016
To the family/friends of William Clifford,

May your hearts be filled with wonderful memories as you celebrate a life of longevity and joyful times you had together. May God's loving kindness give you the strength you need to endure (Psalms 29:11).

December 16, 2016
I'm truly sorry for the loss of William. Please find comfort that God cares you especially during difficult times. (1Peter. 5:7)
December 16, 2016
RIP, Shipmate:

Sailors pray,
For fair winds and a following sea
The smell of salt in the air,
The feel of their skin as it's touched by the spray
An albatross soaring above,
Dolphins in the ship's wake at play
To witness a work of art that only God can create,
The sunset at the end of day
At night a million stars in the sky,
Safe anchorage in an islands lee

When the time comes to die as for all it must,
To awake in Sailors Heaven where nothing ever rusts

And always there would be,
Fair winds and a following sea
December 16, 2016
I am very sorry for the loss of William. Please be comforted by loving memories of him. May you have the peace of God mentioned at Philipians 4:6,7.
December 16, 2016
Coping with the death of our loved ones is not an easy task. No doubt the interchange of love between you and your loved one has resulted in beautiful memories that can be reflected upon daily. May you draw comfort by reflecting on those memories. And know that God is near all those broken at heart. Isaiah 57:15
Jayden R.
December 15, 2016
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