Born in 1931, in Van Buren, to Paul J. Cormier and Eva Theriault Cormier, he was a brother to the late Arthur Cormier, Emile Cormier, Roland Cormier, Constance Mutton and Mary Ann Laughlin.
He leaves his devoted wife of 43 years, Vonnie Cormier. He is survived by: his loving daughter, Rain Caitlin Cormier and grandson, Cole Cormier, of Olympia, Washington. He also is survived by siblings Lucille Geaghan and Joseph Cormier and his nephews and nieces.
Clifford studied forestry at the University of Maine. He served in the U.S. Navy.
He lived many places throughout his life, including New England and Florida. He and his artist wife, Vonnie, spent many years living and working on Andros Island in the Bahamas.
They settled in Rabun County in 1985. There he worked as a tool and die maker for the A.I.D. Corporation and Gash Tool Company.
He spent years sailing the Charles River in Boston, the Atlantic coast and in the Caribbean. Much of his life was seafaring.
Clifford leaves his example of steadfast calm, his courage and his joy. He was a singular man and he was in all ways a gentleman.
Burial will be at sea.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. An online guestbook is available at www.hunterfuneralhomega.com.
The Clayton Tribune, June 12, 201