Clifford James Bennett

Died: August 22, 2018
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CLIFFORD JAMES BENNETT of Austin, TX, formerly of Independence, OH, born on August 9, 1955 to the late Gordon and Leona Bennett, passed away, unexpectedly on August 22, 2018, after a recent hospitalization. Cliff is survived by the love of his life, Terrie (nee Bemer), his beloved wife of 16 years.

Dearest brother of Gail Outcalt (Jeff) and Joyce Macy (Jim Cihon); brother-in-law to Bonnie DeWind (Gil) and Debbie Mucha (Dave) and uncle to Stephanie Byrd (Drew), Brian Kraemer (Brooke), Ashley Mucha and Jenna Macy. He also leaves behind his greatly loved dogs, Maddie and Jake.

Cliff was a sports lover with a tender-heart and twinkling eyes; and an uncanny ability to quip unforgettable one-liners.

His love of baseball began at a young age.  He slept in his baseball uniform with the glove in his hand until he was told he must change his clothes. Baseball weaved throughout Cliff & Terrie’s life.  They enjoyed watching the UT Horns play in Austin and at the College-World Series in Omaha; and, of course, rooting for the Indians!  Their first date was at Jacob’s Field on Opening day, 4/14/2000 and later, their wedding reception held at the Terrace Club.  Cliff played in Cleveland and Akron’s baseball leagues until he moved to Austin.  The guys he played with became life-long friends. The baseball guys and their wives met in Ft. Myers, every Nov. for Roy Hobbs World Series tournament. As Cliff would say a week of “Baseball, beer, shrimp, laughter, repeat”!

The ultimate cook, renown by family and friends for his famous blueberry pancakes and elaborate Thanksgiving feasts. But none of his loves of life were as strong as his love for dear wife, Terrie.  From surprise bouquets to Kate Spade purse, Cliff’s love for Terrie shone brightly throughout their marriage.

The family invites donations in Cliff’s name to Roy Hobb’s Foundation or American Heart Association.

The family will receive friends in celebration of Cliff’s life for a Memorial Service at Divinity Lutheran Church, 11877 Blossom Ave., Parma Hts., OH 44130 on Saturday, September 8th at 11:00AM.

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Date: Saturday, September 8, 2018

Time: 11:00 am

Divinity Lutheran Church


11877 Blossom Avenue
Parma Heights, Ohio 44130

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Died: August 22, 2018

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Linda Rodezno posted on 10/16/18

Terrie, I am sadden to hear of your loss. May Clifford's memory and the love you had for one another provide you with strength. God bless.


Elsa Savaia posted on 9/21/18

Dear Terrie, may you find the strength and peace during this hard time. I will always remember watching you both eating lunch together and sharing your meal. True love 💗


Suzanne Finney posted on 9/9/18

So sorry for your loss. God bless you Terrie at this sad. sad time. Suzanne Finney


Connie Dingeman posted on 9/6/18

Terrie, Thinking of you during this difficult time. Cliff was such a bright light, while I only had the pleasure of spend one evening with him, I felt "lucky" to have had that experience. St Patrick's day in PHX was such a fun and memorable evening. It will now become a day that I think of you and the positive memory of Cliff, a true gift. Sending my love ~ Connie


Deb and Dan Rodgers posted on 9/5/18

Dear Gail, Joyce and Terrie, We are so sorry for your loss of Clifford. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of sorrow. Love, Debbie and Dan Rodgers


Marilyn Kempf posted on 9/5/18

Thinking of you and your family Terrie. My deepest sympathies on the loss of Cliff. We all enjoyed his visits to Progressive offices! ;)


Sue and mike Mantel posted on 9/5/18

Terrie, you are in our thoughts during this time. May Cliff’s memory be a blessing to you. Sue and mike Mantel


Carol Grimm posted on 9/5/18

Terrie, While I didn’t know your husband, it is clear that yours was a blessed and happy marriage. May your memories comfort you and God’s grace be with you. Prayers for you and your family. With Love, Carol McMahon Grimm


Leyla Starks posted on 9/4/18

Terrie and Bennett Family, I'm so sorry for your loss. Although I never met Cliff, I enjoyed hearing Terrie's stories of him and their life together. Their friendship, appreciation for one another and love came through in every story. May you find peace in your memories.


Patricia Edwards posted on 9/4/18

I only met Cliff once, and briefly, when he was picking up his soon-to-be wife, Terrie, at a Progressive building,where she and I had attended an all day conference. It was clear that they not only loved each other but had so much in common and were best friends. Terrie and I worked in different cities but we talked often and she shared stories of Cliff's surprise gourmet dinners he lovingly prepared for her and how he supported her during her losses of her parents as well as when they lost their fur babies. I hope and pray that the sweet memories Terrie holds in her heart will be of comfort in the days to come without Cliff. Patricia Edwards, Tampa, FL


Rachael Sturgeon posted on 9/4/18

Terrie, my sincere thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. I so enjoyed hearing stories about Cliff and how when you travel, he would always be calling you to check in. I hope the memories you have of him, your marriage and family will bring you comfort and some level of peace. I am deeply thinking of you and keeping you in my daily prayers. Big hugs, Rachael


Debbie Mucha posted on 9/4/18

Heaven gained a new angel- our dear brother-in-law, Cliff. Gone to soon. We are heart broken for his family, friends and his love of his life, his loving and caring wife,Terrie. We will miss him at all of the family gatherings and watching sports with him. His cooking skills were awesome and I know I will miss his delicious famous blueberry pancakes and barbecue's. We will cherish all the great times we had with him. We will always be here for you Terrie. May God be with him and may he rest in peace. Love you ,Terrie and may the love of your family, friends and God provide you comfort during this difficult time in your life, Terrie. Love, Dave, Debbie and Ashley


Cathy Singletary posted on 9/4/18

Terrie, my sincere condolences for you and your entire family. May all the joys of your years together and memories shared give you comfort.


Gayle McCracken posted on 9/4/18

Terrie & family - you've continued to be in our thoughts & prayers. I'm sure Cliff's service will be filled with family, friends & their wonderful memories of their times together with Cliff & you. We'll be their in spirit; God Bless You. Hugs & Love, Gayle