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Clifford T. Swanson


Clifford T. Swanson, age 56 of Lake Hiawatha died suddenly and unexpectedly at home on Monday, May 20, 2013. He had been a resident of Lake Hiawatha for twenty six years.

Cliff was employed with the Teamsters as a truck driver for AFI Performance Foodservice in Elizabeth.

Cliff was, without question, one of those people who always kept you laughing and marched to his own drum. He was an eccentric guy with his own special brand of humor which often made people wonder “what will he say next?” He rarely held anything back and was a genuine entertainer; gatherings were guaranteed to be interesting if Cliff was there. Everybody that knew him has their own funny, wild, or crazy story to tell about Cliff and his antics. Retelling those stories, and continuing to make people laugh, will keep his legacy alive for years to come. You really had to know him to appreciate his humor, but he was sure to make you laugh nevertheless.

Cliff loved music and even worked on the side as a DJ during the 1980’s and 90’s. He was a big fan of the Dave Clark Five and, of course, the Beatles. He would often listen to his music so loud that the dishes would shake on the cabinet shelves! He enjoyed hiking too, but typically went by himself because his wife Linda had no interest in meeting a bear. He was a great eater and enjoyed everything that Linda made for him, but he also liked his junk food, with Oreo’s and chocolate cake high on his list of favorites.

Cliff and Linda first met when they were in the sixth grade. They didn’t start dating however until one night in the mid 1970’s when they ran into each other at Villa Capri Pizzeria in Pompton Plains. That first date resulted in their marriage on October 8, 1978 and they have enjoyed thirty five years together since. He was a devoted husband and she will miss him dearly.

Cliff is survived by his wife Linda (nee Luime) of Lake Hiawatha, one daughter; Heather Perrone and her husband John of Fairfield, his grandson John Perrone of Fairfield, his father; Paul Swanson of Oregon, one brother; David Swanson and is wife Louise of Oregon, his mother-in-law; Irene Luime of Wayne, his sister-in-law Jan Nero and her husband Andrew of Fairlawn, his brother-in-law John Luime and his wife Sue of Oak Ridge, one niece; Michele Semeraro of Fairlawn, his nephews; Ian Swanson of Oregon, and Justin and Connor Luime of Oak Ridge. Cliff was predeceased by his mother Valerie Swanson.

Friends may visit with the family at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne, on Thursday, May 23, 2013 from 4-8 PM. Funeral services will be held at 8 PM Thursday, at the funeral home, immediately following the visiting hours.

Guest Book


Cliff... I'm glad you came to my house for my daughter's birthday party. That was an interesting conversation we had downstairs - talking about the DC5 and Canned Heat. I'll always be sorry I missed that last card game - hope you won big time. You were one funny dude !! My condolences to Linda and his family.

Stephen Rajczyk


So, so sorry. Cliff was one of the really nice guys and we're glad to have been friends. We're gonna miss him dropping in on his bike rides.

Sandra and Wayne Willis


linda you and your family are in my thoughts & prayers! Love, cousin Lynn



Linda, So sorry about your loss... I am just a text/phone call away if you need anything! Love, Lynn

Lynn Volker


I will see him in glory. Paul Swanson

Louise Swanson


Clifford, you are going to be very missed. Your sense of humor, your incredible generosity and your love for people was amazing. I look forward to your hug when I see you again one day. Love, Louise

Louise Swanson


With heartfelt sympathies to Linda & Heather for their loss. Will miss Cliff in so many ways....getting phone calls and hearing him call me "Sis" and his visits and getting those "bear" hugs. Heaven has gained a new "resident". Welcome Home, Cliffy. Lotsa Love, Janie

Jane Kelly


Linda, we were all upset to hear that Cliff passed away. He was a good man, we will always remember him for his bear hugs, his sense of humor at all the family gatherings, and of course his music. I know this is a tuff time for you and Heather and there are no words that we can say to ease your pain, but may God be with you and help you through this. Cliff will always be in your heart and remember all the good times that you shared with him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and Heather. May Cliff rest in peace. Our Love Always, Eddie, Nancy and Family

Edward and Nancy Van Zile


You were my son-in-law and always there for me. I will remember you with love. Who's going to do my storm doors , air condition etc.

Irene Luime


I am truly so very sad to read of Cliff's passing. Cliff was our family's DJ for years - he was our DJ when my husband & I got married in 1994 on a boat. He had a great time right along with us and was a really terrific guy. My heartfelt condolences go out to his entire family. I am sure he will be greatly missed.

Barbara Merz

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