Clifford Wrigglesworth

Obituary of Clifford D. Wrigglesworth

Wrigglesworth, Clifford D. on May 29, 2019 of Blasdell, NY. Devoted Husband of the late Teresa M. Wrigglesworth (nee Duffy); Dearest Friend of Louise Unsworth and Rhedda Lehman; Beloved Father of Sharon, Gary, Brian, Joan May, Kevin, Lori Bartlemus, and the late Donald Wrigglesworth;son of the late Lorraine and William Grigsby, brother of Bill (late Susan) Grigsby, the late Norman (Jeanette) Wrigglesworth and the late Patricia (late Robert) Gardner. Also survived by many Grandchildren, Great-Grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Friends will be received 2-4 and 7-9 pm Friday, June 7th at LAKESIDE MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, INC. 1340 Union Rd. West Seneca, NY 14224, 716-674-5776, where a funeral service will be held at 10am Saturday. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the WNY Alzheimer’s Association. Online condolences at www.LAKESIDEFUNERALHOME.com. 

Clifford was a strong man with a determination that led him through his whole life. He was never sick in his youth, but when fighting illnesses in his senior years he was a fighter, and never a complainer. When serving for our country in the Korean War, he worked as an aircraft mechanic for the Navy. He later joined the Navy reserves but switched to the Air Force reserves because of his love of planes. Several years later, he took private lessons and learned to fly small single engine planes.

 Back in the states, he joined the American Legion Posts 735 and 527 to help other veterans returning home. Clifford went to school to become a mechanical engineer, and he joined the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Society of Automotive Engineers. He worked freelance, briefly became a teacher at the ECC Technical School, and even owned a heating and cooling business.

Clifford was married to his beloved Teresa for 47 years, and together they had 7 children, as well as many grandchildren and great grandchildren. His fondest memories were flying, playing horseshoes in his backyard with his neighbor, and vacationing with his family in the summertime at Point Breeze. Clifford’s truest passion was playing the piano, music was his life. He had been playing since he was 9 years old and played all over Buffalo in weddings, telethons, and on “The Showboat” before it was “The Miss Buffalo.” His favorite music to play was showtunes, but he also loved classic big band sounds like the Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Louie Armstrong, and the Rat Pack. He had his own 17-piece orchestra and often rehearsed in his living room so that the songs could be heard all throughout the house. His personality and music were so infectious that he was known as the Elvis of his nursing home.