PHOENIX, NY – At the age of 94, Clifton V. “Cliff” Farling, a longtime resident of Horseshoe Island, Clay, NY, passed away peacefully on Monday November 7, 2016, after a lengthy battle with dementia.
His final years were spent in the loving care of the staff of the Aarondale Retirement and Assisted Living Community in Springfield, Virginia.
He was born in Franklin Township, Ohio, on June 18, 1922, to Cleon C. Farling and Anna Belle Jemison.
Cliff attended more than a dozen schools during his youth as his family moved frequently while navigating the challenges of the Great Depression, before ultimately graduating from Phoenix High School in Phoenix, NY.
Cliff served during World War II as a radio operator for the Merchant Marines in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, and Mediterranean-Middle East war zones.
After his military service, he lived in New York City and was trained by the RCA Service Company on how to repair televisions, an invention recently introduced to the American public.
While in New York City, he met Catherine T. (Wolpert) Farling, whom he married in Brooklyn, NY, on January 31, 1948.
Cliff and Catherine later relocated to Central New York and started a family.
The couple had three daughters and raised them on Horseshoe Island.
Just like his father who owned a local enterprise in the area called Pappy Farling’s Strawberries in Clay.
Cliff also was an entrepreneur and made his living as co-owner of Chip’s and Cliff’s TV and Appliances, Inc., formally located at 7 W. Genesee St., in Baldwinsville, NY.
Cliff and his family’s longtime home at 3460 Horseshoe Island Road was just a few feet from the Oneida River, and building on his time spent at sea, while in the Merchant Marines, life on the water continued to be the norm.
He was active in the Viking Boat Club and the Horseshoe Island Homeowners Organization (HIHO), and regularly captained family outings on their boat cruising the waterways of New York and Canada.
Cliff was a member of the Wetzel Road Church of Christ; Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Liverpool-Clay Post 951.
He was a lifelong Syracuse University sports fan, particularly basketball.
Cliff was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Catherine; his daughters, Pauline Farling and Linda Brennan; and his brother, Floyd Farling.
He is survived by his daughter, Joyce Farling and (Kenneth Satten); his grandchildren, Emma Brennan (Tom Ward), Leah Jubelt (Matthew), Andrew
Satten, Ian Brennan, and Erica Satten; his great-grandchildren, Willa, Etta and Luke Jubelt; a son-in-law, Stephen Brennan; his sister-in-law, Lucine Farling; several nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life gathering will be held in Clay in the upcoming weeks.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial donations may be to The Humane Society of the United States or any other animal welfare group in honor of Cliff’s longtime affection and devoted care of his pets and other animals.
Arrangements in charge of Allonson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home.