Cliff was born in 1947 to John and Edna Schaefer, in the little prairie town, Runnymede, Saskatchewan. He and his mom were born in the same little house. He was the second oldest of nine.
Cliff was the apple of his Grampa Riffel`s eye. This must be where he learned to be the caring, loving, patient Papa that he was.
In 1957 Cliff moved to Port Alberni, BC with his mom, sister, and two brothers. The family was happy to be reunited with husband and father again, as he moved prior then sent for his family.
Cliff had a love for soccer, which he played until he broke his leg. He was in gymnastics, and track and field in school. Cliff was also in the army cadets, and made his parents very proud when he was promoted to drum major. He went to army cadet camps in Vernon twice, and Winnipeg.
In 1964 he met Judy. That is where their love story began, but took a one year detour. Cliff asked her to wear his ring on September 23, 1965, and they were together until his passing on August 26, 2019. Cliff and Judy married on November 25, 1966. They had their son, Troy and daughter Misty. Cliff worked in the plywoods until he moved the family in 1972 to Sewell Inlet, a Rayonier of Canada Logging Camp in the Queen Charlottes. This is where Cliff enjoyed scuba diving, and hunting. The family loved camp life, and made many life long friends.
In 1977 the family moved back to Port Alberni. A year later they moved to the north end of the island to another logging camp, bigger this time. They made their home in Holberg for seven years. He ran machine loading and yarding logs. Did what he loved to do. In 1985 he moved the family to Port Hardy where he built three houses on the weekends and on times off work.
Cliff got his love of dance from his dad. Cliff and Judy enjoyed dancing, and Judy even talked him into country dancing. Once she dragged him to the Texas two stepping lessons, he was surprised he liked it. A few years later he even took jiving lessons. This made his wife very happy.
He also discovered golf, which he did in his spare time. He was a member of the Seven Hills golf course. After eighteen years in Port Hardy, Cliff and Judy moved to Parksville. Six years later, Cliff retired. He joined Morningstar Golf Course where he was a member for the last eighteen years.
In 1988 Cliff became a Grampa, for the first time. Jaime came along, and was the light of his life, she was his Boo Girl. Fifteen and seventeen years later, Misty and Steve blessed Cliff and Judy with Ethan and Aspen. Those munchkins were his pride and joy. He loved to watch Ethan play hockey and Aspen figure skate. In 5 short years Jaime and Eli blessed Cliff and Judy with four beautiful great grandchilren, Colby, Mason, Emi, and Wyatt. The grand and great grandchildren were the centre of Cliffs world.
Golfing at Morningstar with golfing buddies was very high on his priority list. He told Judy all the time what a great time they were. He was sure they had the most fun. Judy knows he had the most fun of all. Judy and family thank his buddies, and Morningstar for all his good times.
The family takes comfort, that after nineteen years grandson Noah is wrapped in his Grampas arms.Cliff will be great missed by his family and surviving siblings, brother Allen (Lynda) and sisters Debbie Kreuger and Daphne (Alec) Campbell.Predeceased by parents John and Edna Schaefer, sisters Janet, Sharon, Nadine, brother Kim, and grandson Noah.
Lives cherished and celebrated