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Clifford J. Dooling Jr.

Clifford J. Butch Dooling, Jr., age 61, of New Castle, DE, passed away peacefully on August 30, 2014 at his residence in New Castle, surrounded by his loving family.

Cliff was born in Riverside, NJ the son of the late Clifford J. Dooling, Sr. and Mary Riddle Dooling on August 31, 1952.

Cliff was a member of Word of Life Christian Center in Newark where he was a faithful and dedicated servant. Cliff along with his friend Denver, took joy in performing maintenance duties, cleaning, painting, preparing the church for special events, or whatever was needed to keep the church running smoothly.

Cliff spent countless hours searching for and learning Native American customs, particularly Cherokee, as it was his heritage. His room was like a museum filled with Native American artifacts that he collected over the years. He loved working with his hands and had an amazing skill in wood working. He was always involved in doing a project around the house and was very talented in remodeling and refinishing old furniture. He had a gift for finding creative and practical uses of space. Cliff always took pride in all of his work and wouldn’t settle for anything less than 100%.

His biggest enjoyment was spending time with his family, especially sharing stories with his grandchildren, and he was so proud of all of them. He loved to barbeque and was fondly named the Grill Meister. NO ONE was allowed to touch his grill. His greatest gift was his big heart, full of love and help. His hand was always extended to help any person in need or any stray animal.

Cliff was preceded in death by his father, Clifford Sr., mother, Mary, sister, Bonnie Preston, and brother James Clifford Dooling.

Cliff is survived by his loving wife of 34 years (and childhood sweetheart), Kathy Sue Carter Dooling; son, Wayne Driver (Heather); daughters, Nicole Miller, Crystal Day (Rodney), and Kimberly Yilmaz; brother, John Michael Dooling (Cheryl); grandchildren, Ceaja Miller, Cara Stecher, Elijah Miller, Aliejah Miller, MakaLyn Day, Stafie Yilmaz and Gabrielle Driver; great granddaughter, Aniah Miller; many nieces and nephews; and his beloved dog, Jack.

A funeral service will be held at 11 am, on Friday morning, September 5, 2014 at the Word of Life Christian Center, 854 Old Baltimore Pike, Newark, DE 19702, where family and friends may visit after 9:30 am. Interment will follow in Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Compassionate Care Hospice, 248 E. Chestnut Hill Road, Suite 4, Newark, DE 19713 or to the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center, c/o Christiana Care Foundation, P.O. Box 1668, Wilmington, DE 19899.

The Dooling family would like to send a special thanks to Denver Fernando for his help and support in caring for Cliff during his illness. Also to the Compassionate Care Hospice team for all the encouragement and help in easing our stress during this difficult time.


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  • My family and I send our deepest sympathy, Sue, to you and your family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Sue and kids god bless you all thru this time of heart break cliff was great man I remember many movie night eating pineapple bacon onion pizza and Chinese food. And learning how to make money bread and differant pizza. And laughing at cliff jokes.

  • Rest In Peace Uncle Butch,you will forever stay in my heart,and you will be missed,I’m so blessed to have had you in my life,yr love and the great memories will stay forever with in heart and soul ,and till were together again the circle won’t be broken,Much Love and Respect Terri Monllor

  • So very many memories have been flooding our minds and hearts! You are truly one of a kind! We can’t help but get a smile on our face reliving all these memories! There have been many laughs and tears the past few days! Until we meet again!!! All our love Rughead and Karen Vied

  • Sue and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Cliff was a really good guy, one that you liked to be in the same company with. He will always be with you. God Bless your in my prayers.

  • God bless you and your family, may you and Cliff all find peace

  • RIP Cliff.. My thoughts & prayers go out to Sue, the kids, and all family members.. Cliff will be your guardian angel now.. He will sit on your shoulder and keep you safe.. God bless you all..

    You’ll be sadly loved n missed Cliff..

  • Dear Cliff,
    You are going to be greatly missed. Chris and I have wonderful memories of you and Sue, that we’ll always cherish. We love you my friend. Rest in peace.

  • Though long gone from New Castle, I remember Cliff and his brother, John, from elementary school. Even back then Cliff was fun to be around. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. God grant you peace and comfort. May the Love of God, our Father, surround you.

  • Sue, Perry and I send our prays go out to you and your family.
    May you find some comfort in your loved ones.
    So sorry to hear of your loss. Cliff go with God
    And rest in peace.

  • Cant believe what I am hearing. RIP Cliff You Are A great Man whom I was glad to have known. Say Hello to my Buddy silver & Dont U 2 go Raising too much hell up there lol. To Cliffs family & Friends sending my thoughts & Prayers to the Family at this difficult time…

  • My thoughts and prayers go out with Sue and her family during this trying time.

  • Sue, I am so sorry to hear of your lost. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

  • I pray that your family will find comfort in knowing that Gods Word says “when we are absent from the body, we are present with the Lord”. I am sorry for your loss, you have my deepest sympathy. Many Blessings

  • Thoughts and prayers