Clifford Erle MaxwellDecember 28, 1954 ~ August 11, 2017 (age 62)
Clifford Erle Maxwell, of Leander, TX, passed away on August 11, 2017 at the age of 62. He was born on December 28, 1954 in Bridgeport, CT to parents Frederick Erle Maxwell and Evelyn Fisher Hendricks.
Although Cliff was born in Bridgeport, CT, he spent most of his childhood in Milford, CT. Cliff became involved with cars at a young age. At 13, he decided to go down to the local gas station and started wiping windshields. He asked his parents for a toolbox for Christmas and just started to work on cars at the station. When the owners realized what an asset he was, they put him on salary.
Unbeknownst to his mother, he purchased his first car and kept it at that gas station. Cliff’s love affair with cars had begun.
Cliff was greatly influenced by his great uncle Tony Pruckner. Tony was an exceptional man, an MIT graduate, who at one time worked under the famous scientist Werner Von Braun. Tony was also a charming neighborhood activist who deeply believed in our democracy. Tony encouraged in Cliff a love of debate, spirited conversation, and helped nurture a profound respect and admiration for our inalienable rights as Americans.
Against all odds, Cliff, and Teri met on an overseas flight to Hong Kong. Cliff was scheduled to fly on another airline. He was transferred to Teri’s flight at the last minute and granted an upgrade that placed him right across the aisle from the love of his life. After a 2 year romance, mostly through the mail, Teri and Cliff were married on October, 21, 1995.
Cliff’s career was based in finance. He worked for several technology companies in CT and Austin, Texas. His last position was with Siemens.
For 23 years Teri and Cliff made their home in Leander TX where their circle of friends grew with his varied interests. His 2 favorite pastimes were racing and music. Through the Sports Car Club of America, Cliff made many of his dearest friends. He was an accomplished musician on the drums and many acquaintances that began in a shared musical interest deepened into cherished friendships…and these friendships reached across the world. His close friendships were many and they reflected the admiration, respect and love that these bonds were based on.
Cliff is survived by his loving wife Therese; his mother and stepfather Evelyn and Bruce Hendricks of Milford, CT; his 2 older sisters Pamela Kenney and her husband, William and Patricia Stokes and her fiancé Joe Garcia; his stepsister Paige Ransford and her husband Larry; his niece Amanda Travis and family, his niece Morgan Callahan and family; His nephew Daryl Stokes and wife Catherine, and great niece Charlotte. His nephew Michael Stokes and wife Jennifer and family. His niece Jennifer Justinger and great niece Erica. His nephew and niece Jake and Grace Ransford; his stepmother Betty Maxwell, and stepsisters, Debbie Denke and family and Dawn Maffiolini and family. His brother-in-law Michael Gorry and wife Jerri and family; his sister-in-law Deborah Garcia and husband Miguel and family; his sister-in –law Seane Gorry and family; his sister-in-law Rose Gorry-Frierson and family; his sister-in-law Patricia Mastaccioula and husband Frank and family. In 2015 Cliff lost his beloved black Labrador retriever Charlie Watts Maxwell.
Thank you to everyone, my family, and my dearest friends for all of your love and support…and especially to Greg and Diane Reed and Reacher – the Leaner.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, September 9, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. at the CODY-WHITE FUNERAL HOME, 107 Broad Street, Milford. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to “Head for the Cure”, at www.headforthecure.org to support brain cancer research.
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