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Robinson, Clifford Manley DFM (Died)
appeared in Sentinel Review, 30 Sep 2015, A, p. 9, column 3
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ROBINSON, Clifford Manley, DFM - A hero has gone to Heaven. The family of Clifford Robinson, aka Grandpa, is saddened to see him go. Clifford died at home in Wilberforce on Saturday, September 12, 2015. He was born on Cockburn Island, June 9, 1925, joined the RCAF in April 1943, at the ripe old age of 17, trained as an air gunner at Quebec City and Mont-Jolie, Quebec and was posted overseas just after Christmas in 1943. From then until May 9, 1945 he flew 53 missions as a tail gunner, earning the Distinguished Flying Medal for conspicuous bravery. He returned to Canada in time to celebrate his 20th birthday in Montreal. He re-enlisted in 1952 and served his country until he retired from the Air Force in 1959. Never one to sit back, he farmed in Northern Ontario, teaching as well, later moving to the Norwich area where he taught at Maple Dell Mennonite school. The need for new challenges led him to the Oxford Regional Centre where he became an RNA, working with people with exceptionalities. He then became a stationary engineer at ORC and retired in 1987. In his retirement, he travelled, all over North America and to The UK, Cuba, Australia and New Zealand. He was pre-deceased by his parents, Harvey and Alice Grace (Williton), his brother Alvin, his sisters, Marlene Williams, Betty Munson and Alice and his daughter, Lorraine Young. He is survived by his children, Brenda (Gerry Showan) of Thessalon, ON, David (Sheila) of Wilberforce, ON, Alice (Graham) Dow of Woodstock, ON and Laura of London, ON and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild, his sisters Eunice Muir of Barrie and Marion VanHorne of Toronto and his brothers, Michael (Gaye) of Burnaby BC and Gary (Ann) of Sooke, BC. A service for the interment of ashes will be held at the Oxford Memorial Park Cemetery on Hwy 2, west of Woodstock, ON starting at 1:45 pm on Saturday, October 3, 2015, luncheon to follow at The Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 55 on Brant Street in Woodstock. In lieu of flowers, donations to Wilberforce Legion Branch 624, Vet To Vet Program would be appreciated. Thanks go to Baragar Funeral Home in Bancroft. ON for their compassion and thoughtfulness.

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30 Sep 2015
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12 Sep 2015
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.13339 Longitude: -80.7497
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Robinson, Clifford Manley DFM (Died)