Clifford C. Key

Clifford C. Key, 80, of Pennellville, passed away at home on Sunday, June 10, 2012. Born in Syracuse, to his late parents,Pauline (Wright) and Arthur M. Key on May 13, 1932. He was a graduate of Phoenix High School, later completing a four year apprenticeship in his selected field as a steamfitter. Cliff was a member of the Plumbers and Steamfitters 818, now Local #267 Union, Syracuse, retiring in 1990. He was a mason and member of the Callimachus Lodge 369 F. & A. M., Phoenix; a social member of VFW Post 5540, Phoenix; life member and past secretary of the Phoenix Rod & Gun Club; past president of the CNY Rod & Gun Club,Pennellville; and past member of the Phoenix Camp-Copper Lake Association. He was predeceased by his grandson, John David. Surviving are his loving wife of 53 years, the former Charlotte M. Rakaska; his children, Gale S. (Nick) Smith of Manlius, Larry Gillespie of SC, Patrick (Terry) Key of Palermo, and Brian (Sue) Key of Chittenango, his grandchildren, Scott, Olivia, Marietta, Robert, Cory, Drew, Jessica, Christopher, Cheri, Brandon; six great-grandchildren; two sisters, Betty Brewer of Canoga Park, CA, and Adeline Carol Adams of Sun City, AZ; nieces and nephews. Services are on Thursday June 14, at 2 p.pm. at the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home,431 Main St., Phoenix, NY 13135, with the Rev. Richard H. Scheffler officiating. Burial to follow service in Phoenix Rural Cemetery, 126 Chestnut St.. Calling hours are Wednesday from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. in the funeral home, with a 7:30 p.m. masonic service by members of his lodge. Contributions can be made in his memory to: CNY Rod & Gun Club, 182 Peter Scott Rd., Pennellville, NY 13132.

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  1. We will fondly remember Cliff. He was a great cook. And I always looked forward to his emails.
    He will really be missed.
    His wife Charlotte was my mother’s cousin, so she is my second cousin. Her father (August Rakoska) was the brother of my grandfather (Henry Rakoska). They both immigrated from Germany around 1905. Actually thay had lived near Bogucin in Poland in a settlement of German farmers..

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