Clifford L Smith Jr passed away February 26th, 2020. Born in Dorchester, MA. in 1939, the son of Margaret and Clifford Sr, he was the oldest of five children . He attended the Woodrow WIlson, Dorchester High School, as well as Suffolk University. As a young man he spent a lot of time with his grandmother Violet “Lovie” Smith. They had a very special bond until her death in 1996. He had great times with his best friends Joseph and Donald. He loved to take trips with friends and family and was sure to take lots of pictures. Cliff had a freelance court reporting business and eventually became a stenographer for Suffolk Superior Court where he was well liked and respected by his peers. He worked there until his retirement.
Cliff was a great storyteller, he put everything into what he was telling you. Being on the receiving end of one of his stories you likely got different voices, faces, and actions. You may have heard the story ten times, but each time was just as enjoyable and funny. He loved being around the ocean, spending time on Cape Cod or walking around Castle Island to “blow the stink off”. He felt a sense of calm while by the water.
Cliff also had a passion for his family, he raved about his children to anyone who would listen, and when he became a grandfather he did the same. His undying support, compassion, and generosity were gifts to all who knew him. He would help you in any way he could and he always had a kind word
Predeceased by his parents and siblings, Cliff is survived by his wife Louise, children Jennifer and her husband Alan Molloy of Quincy, Kathleen and her husband Alfonso of MIlton, and Jeff and his wife Melissa of Braintree. Loving Papa to Kayla, Richelle, Kyle, Ryan, Mateo, Maci, and Violet. He is also survived by nieces and nephews.
Visiting hours will be held at the Alfred D. Thomas Funeral Home, 326 Granite Ave., Thursday, March 5th 4-8pm. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home, Friday March 6th at 1pm. Interment open to all.
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