Michael Francis Clifford

May 19, 1948 - January 12, 2022

Michael Francis Clifford, 73, a resident of Eliot, ME, passed away Wednesday, January 12, 2022 in Lehigh Acres, FL. He was born May 19, 1948 in Brockton, MA to James J. and Florence Clifford.

He is survived by his loving wife of 21 years, Kathleen Gregoire of Eliot, ME and Lehigh Acres, FL; three children, Rachel Cotter and husband Greg of Ayer, MA, Douglas DeGrappo and wife Maria of Eliot, ME and Michelle Castelloe and husband Clifton of Charlotte, NC; one brother James Clifford of Naples, FL; one sister, Sheila Canava and husband Joe of Hudson, NH; nine grandchildren, Griffon, Camden, and Nolan Cotter; Samuel and Luca DeGrappo; Isabella, Lucy, Vivian and Violet Castelloe; sister-in-law, Dina Clifford as well as many loving nieces and nephews.

Michael was born in Abington, MA, where he lived until he was 12 when his family moved to Littleton, MA. He graduated from Littleton High school in 1966 and attended Mt. Wachusett Community College and Salem State College. His career of 44 years was with MIT, Lincoln Laboratory as a Buyer. He married his wife Kathleen on the beach in St. Croix in 2000. He enjoyed traveling with Kathleen to Ireland, South Africa, California and many more places. He loved spending time watching his grandchildren play sports and taking yearly trips to Steele Hill. He was a sound advice giver, practical, thoughtful and a true gentleman. He was always ready to lend or tell a good old joke. Michael truly enjoyed time at the Portsmouth Elks and as Santa’s #1 helper, he loved the magic of Christmas and spreading joy.

Michael was preceded in death by his son, Nathaniel Clifford; and sister, Ann Nichols as well as brother, David Clifford and sister-in–law Daine Clifford.

Memorial Services will be held in Portsmouth, NH at a later date to be determined.

Memorial Contributions in memory of Michael Clifford are suggested to Hope Hospice, 9470 Healthpark Cir., Fort Myers, FL, Donate.HopeHCS.org. or The American Cancer Society, 4575 Via Royale, # 110, Fort Myers, FL 33919/ https://www.cancer.org/

Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.


  1. The Castelloe Family Jan 17, 2022 at 10:27 am

    Forever in our hearts ♥️. Thank you for all the love you’ve given our family. We love you Michael/Papa Mike

  2. The Dignam’s Jan 17, 2022 at 11:15 am

    You’ll never be forgotten♥️ Thank you for all the memories, we’ll hold on to them forever. We love you Santa♥️

  3. The McGarrys Jan 17, 2022 at 11:21 pm

    Truly blessed to have known and loved Michael. He will always be remembered and loved.💞

  4. Tom & Sandra Matis Jan 19, 2022 at 11:10 pm

    The Castello Family
    My deepest sympathy to you all on the loss of Michael.

    Tom & Sandra Matis

  5. Ann Schwartzwalder Jan 22, 2022 at 10:28 am

    Dear Kathleen , Jody and I are so sorry to hear of Michael’s passing. Sending our love to you and your family ❤️

  6. Steve Alie Jan 22, 2022 at 10:28 am


    I am very saddened to see this notice. Michael was a good man. You seemed a perfect pair.

    I am very sorry for your loss.

  7. Joe LeBrun Jan 22, 2022 at 10:50 am

    Dear Kathleen:

    So sorry for your loss of Michael, he was a wonderful man and made a great Santa. I have his picture with many guests and my beloved Spotty Gateway in my parlor. He surely was a great hit with all the people who attended the Christmas party. Take care and keep the faith.
    Joe LeBrun

  8. Deborah Beaubien Jan 24, 2022 at 10:55 am

    Auntie Kathleen and family,
    Sorry for your loss of Michael.
    Prays & Love

  9. Julie Gilston Jan 24, 2022 at 6:04 pm

    Kathleen, I am so sorry to read this notice. Thinking of you and your family.

  10. Carol Fogarty Egan Jan 25, 2022 at 11:47 am

    My deepest sympathy to all of Michael’s family. I will keep you all in my prayers during this difficult time. RIP Michael.

  11. Diane Minnis Jan 31, 2022 at 7:39 pm

    Kathleen, so sorry to read of Michael’s passing. Sending love and hoping fond memories sustain you.


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