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, OH 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, New York.
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 Cath
erine T. (Wolpert) Farlingwhom 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 West
Genesee Street 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,
Cliff was preceeded 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; son-in-law Stephen Brennan; and his sister-in-law, Lucine Farling; several
nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life gathering will be held in Clay, NY 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.