Cumberland Times-News


November 28, 2012


FROSTBURG — Clifton E. Shirey passed away Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 22, 2012, at Western Maryland Regional Medical Center. He was 97.

Clifton was born in Boynton, Pa., in the summer of 1915, to Carrie (Bowman) and Harry Shirey. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brothers, Chancey, Forrest “Poe” and Bruce; sister, Lillian March; his first wife, Mary Walker Shirey Keiling; second wife, Marge Jordan Shirey; daughter and son-in-law, Mary Virginia “Ginger” and Richard Connelly and his son-in-law, Jim Favila.

He began his professional career at the early age of thirteen, as an employee of the Celanese plant, where he worked for 47 years. He also served America in World War II, inspired to join the Navy by his brother Bruce, who was killed during the war.

Cliff was a life-long bowler, bowling on many leagues, with both family and friends. He even bowled on a team spanning three generations of Shirey men, with his son and grandson, Bruce and Bradley Shirey. He won numerous bowling trophies and maintained a high average for many years, until he retired from the sport at age 92. He also enjoyed fishing, hunting, walking through the woods, putting puzzles together, dining out and growing big boy tomatoes.

Surviving are his companion, Opal Martin; daughter, Sylvia Favila; a son, Clifton Bruce Shirey and wife Mary; brother and sister-in-law, Harry and Mary Ann Shirey; sister and brother-in-law, Ruby and Harold “Butch” Shoemaker; seven grandchildren, Linda Favilia and partner Anson Downes, Christi Favila, Carol Church and husband Boyd, Richard Connelly Jr. and wife Sue, Lesa Hughes, Gina Wilson and husband Jake, and Bradley Shirey; twelve great-grandchildren, Sienna and Arianna Church, Savannah, Breanna, Shyannah and Brandy Connelly, Thomas and Jamie Wilfong, Taylor and Brant  Hughes, Kage McMahon and Alexis Wilson and many nieces and nephews. Cliff’s thirteenth great-grandchild is expected to arrive at the beginning of the New Year.

Friends and family will be received at Durst Funeral Home P.A., 57 Frost Ave., Frostburg, on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, from 7 to 9 p.m.

Funeral services will be conducted in the funeral home on Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, at 10 a.m. with the Rev. George Harpold officiating.

Interment will be in Maryland Veterans Cemetery, Flintstone.

Military honors will be accorded be Farrady Post 24 American Legion Honor Guard.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

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