March 9, 1945 — October 8, 2017
GLENS FALLS — Cliff Winslow, of Glens Falls, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017 surrounded by his family.
Born on March 9, 1945, Cliff was the son of the late Clarence and Dorothy (Carpenter) Winslow. He married Lucille Lydecker on June 24, 1972 at the South Glens Falls United Methodist Church. The couple renewed their vows in a backyard ceremony on their 25th anniversary in 1997.
A 1962 graduate of Hudson Falls High School, Cliff was a standout basketball player for the Tigers, under coach Tony Luciano. A terrific shooter, skilled passer and a student of the game, he was a big part of the Tigers team that won the Northern Conference championship. He finished his career fourth on the all-time scoring list. Cliff went on to play three years of varsity basketball at Plattsburgh State, where he held the career assist record for many years. His coach described Cliff “as one of the best shot-makers in the State University conference” and “the man that makes the Cardinal offense move.” He was twice an all-SUNYAC all-star.
He began his teaching career as a student teacher at Beekmantown Central School, so he could still play basketball at Plattsburgh State. He was beloved by the Beekmantown community, which held a Cliff Winslow Day, complete with banners, cheerleaders and the Beekmantown pep band at a Plattsburgh State basketball game in 1966. A story in the Plattsburgh Press Republican said “never before in the history of local high school or college basketball has a student teacher ever been idolized with such force as Cliff Winslow...‘The Wizard,’ as he is known by his coach and his teammates, has taken the Beekmantown school by storm.”
After graduating, he began a 35-year career teaching math at Oliver W. Winch Junior High School, also serving as South High’s varsity basketball coach from 1968 to 1971. One of his former students remembered him being “kind, thoughtful, caring and excited to teach, and he made all of his students excited to learn. He was always so happy to help me any time I would go to the teacher’s lounge, and even though he was on break, he never seemed annoyed I was bothering him. Instead, he was always happy to help me. He gave me a love of math that I still have.”
Cliff had a special place in his heart for children. A member of Glens Falls Elks Lodge #81 for 28 years, he served as Youth Committee chairman for many years and started the annual Youth Fun Day in the early 1990s. He was very instrumental in countless activities to benefit area children, including a Giving Tree and Christmas party for children in foster care. He was honored as Elk of the Year in 1994-95, and received the grand exalted ruler’s Outstanding Service Commendation in 2000–01.
Cliff was predeceased by his parents; and his wife’s parents, Herrmann and Shirley Lydecker. In addition to Lucille, his best friend and wife of 45 years, Cliff is survived by his daughter, Heather Walters and her children, Hannah, Noah and Drew; his daughter, Sarah Winslow, her wife, Stephanie and their children, Reeve and Laken; his sister-in-law, Tanis Lydecker and her daughter, Chelsea (Christopher) Pearce and their son, Greyson; and a loving circle of extended family and close friends.
The family extends their gratitude to all those who supported and cared for Cliff during his illness, especially his aide, Deb; his nurse, Patty; and friends, Chip and Trish Esper.
Those who knew Cliff know he was not a formal person. Please come eat, drink and reminisce with us at a celebratory party at the Elks Lodge #81 on Cronin Road, Queensbury on Sunday, Oct. 22 at 2 p.m. His dear friend Don Woodworth will lead us in remembering Cliff at 2:30 p.m. Children are welcome.
Arrangements are in the care of the M.B. Kilmer Funeral Home, 136 Main St. South Glens Falls, NY 12803. To view Cliff’s Book of Memories and to post online condolences, please visit www.kilmerfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions may be made to High Peaks Hospice (http://www.highpeakshospice.org/donations); or Elks B.P.O.E. 81, Attn: Youth Committee in Memory of Cliff Winslow, 32 Cronin Road, Queensbury, NY 12804.