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Clifford Arthur McKnight


Clifford Arthur McKnight

Clifford Arthur McKnight passed away quietly in his sleep on October 28th at the Charlotte County Hospital.

Born on January 28th, 1924 on St. David Ridge, the son of Arthur and Marguerite (nee Richardson) McKnight, Clifford was predeceased by both his parents and his first wife, Lila Maida (nee Murphy) McKnight.

Clifford is survived by his wife Mary (nee Sampson) McKnight who lovingly cared for him throughout his final days, his children Hugh McKnight (Joan), Sharon (nee McKnight) Bronson (Michael), Robert McKnight (Bonnie) all of St. Stephen, Gordon McKnight (Pearl) of Eastport, ME, and Brian McKnight (Scott Kitchen) of Portland, ME., and his step-children Nancy Bird (Gary) of Fredericton, Joanne Way (Gordon) of St. Stephen, Heather Russell (Michael) of St. Stephen, and Greg Cloney (Erica) of St. Stephen. Clifford is also survived by his younger siblings: Vincent McKnight (Dee Kirk) of Orillia, ON, Darrell McKnight (Louise Lavoie) of Fredericton, Dr. Sydney McKnight (Dr. Mary Johnston) of Whistler, BC, and Dr. Marie McKnight (Michael Whitford) of St. David Ridge, NB. Clifford will be sadly remembered by his 9 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, 1 great-great grandchild, 6 step-grandchildren, 1 great step-grandchild, nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends.

Clifford began his working life as a farmer, then worked at the Milltown Cotton Mill for many years. He was a self-employed trucker and a contract school bus driver before landing a permanent position with School District 23 as a bus driver, a position he held for 30 years until he retired. His family called him a ""Jack of all Trades"" since he could solve most problems, fix most anything and build what he needed such as his tractor and wood splitter. Clifford enjoyed people and remained an optimist to the end. His home was the center of his life. He was a natural story teller and would regale family and friends with his tales. He enjoyed gardening, nature, animals, bowling, dancing, cards and winters in Florida, and in his later years he enjoyed drives throughout the county with Mary by his side.

Clifford received exceptional care from Home Support and Extra Mural Nurses while still at home, and from all his attending nurses and doctors when he was admitted to Charlotte County Hospital.

A special appreciation goes out to Dr. John Stewart, Dr. Karim Janmohamed, Dr. Phillip Kay and Clifford's brother, Dr. Sydney McKnight.

Funeral Service will be held at The S. O. Mehan & Son Funeral Home, 23 Main Street, St. Stephen, NB. on Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 2 PM .

Family will receive friends at the funeral home on Saturday from 1-2 PM.

Interment at St. David Ridge Cemetery, St. David Ridge, NB. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Charlotte County Cancer Fund or a charity of one's choice would be appreciated by the family.

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