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Danny William Cliffe
Born December 22nd, 1957 in Gainsborough, Saskatchewan to Bill & Ida Cliffe. Dan was the only boy and baby brother to older sisters, Donna and Darlene.
His love for cowboying and the outdoors started at a young age. Dan helped tend to the animals, and spent many an hour on the back of his first horse Patchie always with a kitten or dog at side. He would tell you he worked away his childhood, however his sisters and childhood friends would tell you stories of him getting on his horse or skidoo and not arriving home till dusk. He was test dummy to many of his sister's entertainment ideas, one time being tied to a bottle calf as he went for a romp. He was willing to play with his older sisters, some childhood games he enjoyed more than others, such as “Cowboys and Indians”. Other times he found himself the recipient of his sister’s pranks.
Dan loved speed in whatever he did which included finishing his school early, leaving highschool to enter the workforce in grade ten. He operated every motor vehicle, from Everest snow machines to GM trucks and 68 Chryslers, with a heavy foot. Perhaps the love of fast horses at an early age was the catalyst.
Dan loved to work with his hands. He worked rigs in Northern Alberta and Western Saskatchewan for a while before returning to work closer to home. He also worked on the Paterson Elevator Repair crew with his dad, worked for Tom Hill - one project being the construction of the Villa here in Carievale, and also spent a number of years working just down the road at the McMillen Ranch before joining the Day Family, working for Tony & Vi Day. This continued for 34 years. This afforded many opportunities as he did everything from water hauling, service rigs, oilfield maintenance, setting wells and running vac wagons before settling on heavy equipment operation.
Dan found himself at an Ice Wreckers social in Carievale in 1994, where he tipped his hat to Angie Young and never looked back. Dan and Angie married on July 6th, 1995 in Jasper, Alberta and together, they went on to raise four beautiful children, Kassandra, Shandelle, Damian and Cordell. Dan’s family was the pride of his life. He was so excited to become a Grandpa and Shandelle led the way with the first grandchild in 2015. He was blessed with having 3 beautiful granddaughters and 5 handsome grandsons, and was not opposed to having more!
His children would describe him as a teacher, a helper, a mentor, and a strong example of a proud father and adoring husband. This humble cowboy taught us all so much, how to drive, how to ride, how to cook, how to wire (shut off the breakers first please!), how to fence, how to build and how to fix. How to say I love you without saying a word. He loved nothing more than to have his family sitting around the table or the fire, sharing stories and enjoying time together. Dan never missed an opportunity to have a new outfit, tool or accessory for any occasion. He spoke both often and fondly of memories from family holidays to Costa Rica, where he lovingly endured many dunkings by his boys.
He is survived by his wife, Angie; children, Kassandra, Shandelle (Jamie), Damian (Mikyla) and Cordell (Jaimie); grandchildren, Aurora and Roman, Kane, Declan and Zenya, Kacey and Bowen and Georgia; He is also survived by sister, Donna (George) McGillicky, Darlene Weinkauf; brother-in-law, Robb Young; in-laws, Barry & Marj Young.
He is predeceased by his parents, Bill and Ida Cliffe and his brother-in-law, Mark Weinkauf.
He will always be remembered as a Devoted Husband, Father and Grandfather as well as Brother, Uncle, Great Uncle, and last but in no way least, Friend. Fierce Fighter to the end.
Our family was truly blessed by the incredible care of the Redvers Health Center medical staff and would ask that if anyone wishes to make donations in memory of Dan, the family would ask that you send to the Redvers Health Foundation, Box 249, Redvers, SK. S0C 2H0
A public celebration of Danny's life will be held at the Carievale Community Hall on Friday, December 15, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. All are welcome to attend.
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