Obituary of Clifford Clyde Hotchkiss
Clifford C. Hotchkiss, 77, of Falconer passed away Monday (July 8, 2019) in the VA Medical Center, Buffalo, NY.
A lifelong area resident he was born September 24, 1941 in Salamanca, NY, the son of the late Clyde and Edith Maynard Hotchkiss.
He was a graduate of Falconer High School and was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving from 1959 to 1962 aboard the USS John Paul Jones DD932 and rejoined the Naval Reserves in 1979 as a Construction Electrician with the Seabee’s. After serving 28 years in the Navy and reserves he attained the highest enlisted rank of Master Chief Construction Electrician. During his naval career he attended schools for instructor training, naval classifier, leadership and management, and carrier counselor, as well as various seminars and workshops. He held numerous positions including Company Commander and Officer In Charge of Construction projects assigned by CBLANT in the eastern United States.
Clifford served a tour at the pentagon where he sat on the Selection Board for Advancement. While stationed at the Battalion 23 out of Ft. Belvoir Virginia, he oversaw construction projects for the Commandant of the Marine Corp, the Secret Service and the FBI. He was also in charge of the unit which annually power washed the statues at Arlington National Cemetery.
He was the recipient of the Naval Good Conduct Medal, four Unit Battle “E’s”, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Naval Reserve Meritorious Medal, NYS Militia Meritorious Medal and numerous letters of commendation and meritorious awards.
Clifford was employed for 36 years at MRC-TRW, SKF where he was the first Electrician Apprentice in there state approved program. He served over 25 years on their Apprentice Review Board and also served during the full time of his employment on the First Responders Fire Brigade. He volunteered for 25 years at Affinity One Federal Credit Union on the Credit Committee and Board of Directors.
He was a member of the Falconer Volunteer Fire Department for 27 years having served twice as President.
He and his wife Cindy took great pride in helping others. Cliff always was willing to help those who were willing to help themselves. He often talked of apprentices at MRC-SKF and junior enlistments in the Navy Reserve were able to move up and succeed with his help for which he took great pride.
Surviving are his wife of 53 years Cynthia R. Norberg Hotchkiss whom he married April 21, 1966 in Falconer; two daughters: Kathleen (Jassen) Sherman of Falconer, Susanne (James) Stone of Bemus Point; three grandchildren: Kevin Hanson (Ashley Gerwitz), Katlyn (Zach) Martin, Jacob Sherman; a step granddaughter Victoria (Devin) Figueroa; six great grandchildren: Elizabeth and Ethan Martin, Serenity, Natalie, Skiegh and Ava Figueroa; a brother Ronald Hotchkiss of Boca Raton and a sister Diane Boland of Kennedy.
He was preceded in death by his father Clyde Hotchkiss on May 20, 2000 and his mother Edith Hotchkiss on May 25, 2014.
The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Kiantone Congregational Church. Rev. Mel McGinnis pastor of the church will officiate. Burial will be in Kennedy Riverside Cemetery at 3 p.m. Saturday with military honors.
The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday in the Falconer Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Falconer Fireman’s Rescue Unit, Kiantone Congregational Church or a charity of one’s choice.
44 West Falconer Street, Falconer, New York 14733-1598