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(69,552 posts)
Mon May 31, 2021, 10:05 AM May 2021

a thread for one of our own on this memorial day.

cliffordu lost his battle w als on feb 10 of this year.

i got close to cliff on fb a few years ago, and we were planning how to get together when he started getting sick.
i posted a few threads here about his dx, and his battle at the time.

i did get to meet him in the brief period when he was living an apt w a caregiver, but he soon returned to the va hospital in portland.
he got married while there, and his wife louise was at his side every day thereafter.
i think she was a sweetheart from his past but i never did find out.

als has been determined to be a service related disability, so he was able to get good care.

he was an amazing person, poet, musician and friend.
he was also a handsome devil.
i miss him and think of him often, but esp today.

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a thread for one of our own on this memorial day. (Original Post) mopinko May 2021 OP
RIP cliffordu. MarineCombatEngineer May 2021 #1
Thank you for that remembrance. RIP, cliffordu. hlthe2b May 2021 #2
... Solly Mack May 2021 #3
Thank you, mopinko UpInArms May 2021 #4
Here's to cliffordu. panader0 May 2021 #5
Thank you for this malaise May 2021 #6
absolutely. mopinko May 2021 #7
Made me laugh so many times. blm May 2021 #13
The King of Puns! catchnrelease May 2021 #26
Loved him malaise May 2021 #27
Joining you. sarge43 May 2021 #29
Stonepounder is gone too. Duppers May 2021 #8
🕯Stonepounder🕯 blm May 2021 #12
RIP MustLoveBeagles May 2021 #45
What a touching remembrance! cilla4progress May 2021 #9
he really touched my heart. mopinko May 2021 #20
Wow. cilla4progress May 2021 #31
Scrolling through the In Memorium forum, MarineCombatEngineer May 2021 #10
🕯cliffordu🕯 blm May 2021 #11
...a lovely tribute- remembrance... c-rational May 2021 #14
"Here's the thing: I know how to live my life. Your mileage may vary." Hortensis May 2021 #15
he lived it, too. mopinko May 2021 #51
A farewell toast to cliffordu, however belated. BobTheSubgenius May 2021 #16
... MiHale May 2021 #17
... CoopersDad May 2021 #18
****** Hekate May 2021 #19
Thank you, mopinko. ancianita May 2021 #21
... greatauntoftriplets May 2021 #22
RIP cliffordu sheshe2 May 2021 #23
Beautiful tribute, mo! ... marble falls May 2021 #24
looks like it needs some updating. mopinko May 2021 #41
Aw, man! Iggo May 2021 #25
Recommended. H2O Man May 2021 #28
Rest in peace, cliffordu. sarge43 May 2021 #30
Oh no... cilla4progress May 2021 #32
Thank you sarge43 May 2021 #36
Sweet cilla4progress May 2021 #39
Deepest sympathy malaise May 2021 #52
Thank you, malaise n/t sarge43 May 2021 #56
Thank You For Posting This COL Mustard May 2021 #33
I hadn't heard... So glad he was able to be surrounded by love and caring...thank you for making Karadeniz May 2021 #34
RIP, cliffordu Warpy May 2021 #35
Long may his memory thrive. kentuck May 2021 #37
Glad you got to know him. Today is tough for many. Hope Louise is doing OK. And you. Evolve Dammit May 2021 #38
i am too. mopinko May 2021 #43
to cliffordu Kali May 2021 #40
Nice Post, Mo! (nt) ProfessorGAC May 2021 #42
RIP cliffordu MustLoveBeagles May 2021 #44
RIP Cliffordu lillypaddle May 2021 #46
Thanks for letting us know. This is sad. uppityperson May 2021 #47
A great spirit who fought a long battle with demons he eventually conquered grantcart May 2021 #48
p'shaw. i did so little compared to those that he had helped. mopinko May 2021 #50
It's good to see you here Grantcart. You were really missed. mahina Jun 2021 #57
Thank you for such a heartfelt post... CaptainTruth May 2021 #49
I also lost my husband to ALS, so I understand some of what he went through. Frustratedlady May 2021 #53
Rest in Power & Peace, cliffordu..💙🌺 Cha May 2021 #54
Very sad Meowmee May 2021 #55


(12,004 posts)
1. RIP cliffordu.
Mon May 31, 2021, 10:08 AM
May 2021

And to all the Veteran's and DU Veteran's lost over the years to natural causes and not so natural causes.


(101,268 posts)
2. Thank you for that remembrance. RIP, cliffordu.
Mon May 31, 2021, 10:13 AM
May 2021

You are missed and the service and sacrifice that cost you your life remembered.


(28,074 posts)
8. Stonepounder is gone too.
Mon May 31, 2021, 10:46 AM
May 2021

No personal details - he posted in one of his last posts in 2020 that he was dying.


(69,552 posts)
20. he really touched my heart.
Mon May 31, 2021, 11:43 AM
May 2021

he came out of his battle w addiction committed to helping his fellow man, and always being kind.
he was a mentor to many. i met a few of them, and their devotion was obvious.

i can only hope to earn such love.


(24,422 posts)
31. Wow.
Mon May 31, 2021, 12:33 PM
May 2021

What a special soul.

I remember his presence here, but that's the extent of it. Your remembrance and stories bring him to life for me.

Thank you.


(12,004 posts)
10. Scrolling through the In Memorium forum,
Mon May 31, 2021, 10:51 AM
May 2021

I see several Vets who have lost their battles,


Didn't know most of them, but I did enjoy going back and reading their posts.

War is Hell.


(69,552 posts)
51. he lived it, too.
Mon May 31, 2021, 04:52 PM
May 2021

so stubborn. in a good way.
he wanted to just give up at first, and "die on my feet", but in the end he stubbornly cling to every day.


(28,928 posts)
30. Rest in peace, cliffordu.
Mon May 31, 2021, 12:27 PM
May 2021

My husband, TSgt Jim, died the same day.

In loving memory for all who served.


(28,928 posts)
36. Thank you
Mon May 31, 2021, 12:40 PM
May 2021

I did post that evening.

Everyone was so kind. It meant more than I can say.

He wasn't a DUer, but he did enjoy reading some of the posts. "That's savage; I like it."

COL Mustard

(5,699 posts)
33. Thank You For Posting This
Mon May 31, 2021, 12:36 PM
May 2021

ALS is one of those conditions where it’s automatically considered service connected, so if you’re a veteran or you know one, please make sure you apply for VA disability.

I’m very sorry about your friend.


(21,951 posts)
34. I hadn't heard... So glad he was able to be surrounded by love and caring...thank you for making
Mon May 31, 2021, 12:38 PM
May 2021

His transition better...


(110,539 posts)
35. RIP, cliffordu
Mon May 31, 2021, 12:39 PM
May 2021

He was a great poster while he was with us. I'm sorry that I didn't know his diagnosis, sorry I didn't know he died from it. I lost a cousin to ALS about 10 years ago, it's a miserable way to leave life.

He will be missed.


(69,552 posts)
43. i am too.
Mon May 31, 2021, 01:38 PM
May 2021

he made me a little better person. worth the hurt of missing him.
funny how much effect such a short relationship can have on you.


(53,061 posts)
48. A great spirit who fought a long battle with demons he eventually conquered
Mon May 31, 2021, 02:45 PM
May 2021

and helped others conquer.

For years he moved only by bike and completed cross country trips.

It was a privilege to know him in real life.

Mopinko went out of her way to help him when he was in desperate straights. She is among the best of us.


(69,552 posts)
50. p'shaw. i did so little compared to those that he had helped.
Mon May 31, 2021, 04:50 PM
May 2021

those that were there were so good to him.

he was delivering food by bike before he got sick, trying to get in shape for a cross country ride.
that was when we were going to meet. and i was gonna kidnap him and keep him in chi.

i lifted his spirits in my week w him, tho. i've never met a more tender soul.

re your comments, i dont think i deserve them, there are so many here who do so much more than i, but i thank you from the bottom of my heart. coming from you i am blushing and it's getting dusty in here.

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