Surrounded by loving family, Cliff graduated to his heavenly home on September 19, 2021. Cliff was born in Port Alberni to parents Pauline and Joseph Neyedli. He was raised there along with siblings Terry (Connie), Lois (Ron), Kathy (Ron) and Joslyn. On October 7, 1967, Cliff married his sweetheart, Sheila Thomson, and they were blessed with four wonderful children: Sherilene (Arnie/Michael), Christopher (Jen), Kathleen (David) and Trevor (Evangeline). His grandchildren brought him so much joy – Justice, Calvin, Daphne, Alexa, Devon, Shenelle, Gabrielle, Rose, Brittany, Jeremiah and Mattieu. Cliff loved his family and his heart welcomed all he met.
Cliff enjoyed a full life. He attended Alberni District High School and enjoyed cross country running. Cliff loved to ride his bike! He had many adventures as he cycled across Canada in 1965. There were also countless family camping trips, hunting trips, and family time spent enjoying the communities in which he lived. Cliff was a hard working husband and father, often working multiple jobs to support his family. Together with Sheila, they built/renovated over 100 projects. He retired from Longshoring after working 45 years originally in Port Alberni and then Vancouver (ILWU Local #500). In 1989, he founded CAN-AM Home Inspections, completing over 10,000 home inspections.
Cliff was a loved member of his community and church. He served at Burnaby North Baptist, Calvary Baptist, Pastoral Care at Eagle Ridge Hospital, Kihei Baptist and most recently at St. Mark Ocean Park Anglican Church. He was honoured to be a founding member of the Lincoln Toastmasters in the Tri-Cities, and enjoyed his involvement with The Rock Toastmasters, Full Gospel Men’s Association and serving others through Pastoral Care programs. Very close to his heart was his 28-year fundraising involvement with the BC Lung Association’s Bicycle Trek for Life and Breath.
Cliff was a loving, caring and gentle man and always worked to spread joy and happiness. Many of his favourite things will now hold special memories in ours: sunrises, sunsets, the moon, the stars, Maui, beach time, cycling, hugs, funny songs, ice cream, chocolate, playing cards with “Cliff Rules”, travelling and choosing to see the best in everyone that crossed his path.
Please Join Us In Celebrating His Life.
Viewing on Wednesday, October 06 from 2:00 – 4:00pm at Alternatives Funeral & Cremation Services - 3070 - 275A Street, Aldergrove, BC.
Celebration of Life Service - Sunday, October 10 @ 2:00pm at St. Mark Ocean Park Anglican Church, 12953 – 20th Avenue, Surrey, BC. Masks Mandatory. Celebration Tea to follow service in Church Hall. Service will be LiveStreamed – stmarkbc.org
Internment - Tuesday, October 12 @ 1:00pm at Alberni Valley Memorial Gardens, 2300 Port Alberni Highway, Port Alberni, B.C. Celebration Tea to follow Internment @ 2:00pm at First Baptist Church, 6211 Cherry Creek Road, Port Alberni, BC.
Enjoy your early morning bike rides in Heaven ~ the streets are prepared for you.
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13
I'm sorry to hear about Cliff's passing. He was such a good man, and with Sheila created a wonderful family. Please accept our condolences and best wishes.
Dear Sheila, as I understand how you might be feeling at the moment, remember that he is in heaven having fellowship with his cousin from Texas. Loving you and praying.
To Cliff's family I was sorry to read of Cliff's passing in the local Port Alberni paper. I knew Cliff in through school...and into high school. We grew up in the same neighbourhood. Cliff was just the nicest kid, thoughtful...compassionate as a child....I was pleased to read of his faith and that he was a committed Christian. Rest in peace, Cliff It sounds like the family will have lots of good memories...may they bring you all some comfort...May our Lord draw you all closer to His heart at this time Lynn Burnip
Greetings: Sorry to hearing the passing away of Cliff. I knew him from work. Longshoreman. He also knows my two other brothers. He always had a good word to say. I also met him a Larry’s Friday night meetings in Aldergrove. He is a true man of God. Blessings to his family Bill Smith:
Sheila and family, Colleen and I are both shocked and saddened to hear of Cliff's passing. We have found memories of working with Cliff while serving with Calvary Baptist Church as well as countless dealings with Cliff and CAN AM house inspections while working in the real estate industry in Coquitlam,BC His smile and empathy for others will always be remembered and treasured Kevin Wright