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Clifford E Junkins, Jr.
  • In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Soldiers Home, 110 Cherry St. Holyoke, MA 01040

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“Cliff was a real gentleman and an avid partaker of life. With his activities in ham radio and his love of good music, he made the most of every...Read More »
1 of 14 | Posted by: Carol Gawle - Easthampton, MA

“Rose and I and all the bluegrass community will miss Cliff as he was a regular at many of the music venues including the Country Corner Coffee House...Read More »
2 of 14 | Posted by: David Helman - Granby, MA

“Donna and I picked up Cliff at his apartment and took him to the MTARA Christmas Party. He went back inline for seconds and desserts. Had a grand...Read More »
3 of 14 | Posted by: Dan O'Brien - Holyoke, MA

“David and Mary: We will certainly miss Eliot, with his contagious smile and gentle demeanor. Patti is so grateful for his frequent visits over the...Read More »
4 of 14 | Posted by: Patti and Bill Busche - OH

“im so very sorry for your loss i work with Kevin at the Westfield Stop and Shop my sincere condolences and prayers to you all God Bless Charlie B ”
5 of 14 | Posted by: Charlie Barkyoumb - Westfield, MA

“I'm sorry for your loss. I respected Cliff's dedication to MaryJo and his youthful foray back into the dating scene. Cliff was always interested in...Read More »
6 of 14 | Posted by: A friend

“i am very sorry for your loss, wendy p from stop and shop ”
7 of 14 | Posted by: wendy patruski - Agawam, MA

“Mr. Junkins was a wonderful man . He will be dearly missed . He always had big smile and thoughtful words of wisdom. God Bless him and his family. ”
8 of 14 | Posted by: Calvin and Margaret - MA

“May perpetual light shine upon him, may he rest in peace... Our thoughts are with you Dave and Mary and the entire Junkins family at this time of...Read More »
9 of 14 | Posted by: John Kelly and Mel Burek

“We will sorely miss Cliff's wonderful smiles and cheerful disposition. It was always a joy to be around him at our Junkins Family Association (JFA)...Read More »
10 of 14 | Posted by: Ann and Bill Cheney/Jacobik - CT

“I have so many fond memories of Mr. Junkins. My best memories are sitting with him and MaryJo at the Blandford Fair and helping him keep track of...Read More »
11 of 14 | Posted by: Sarah Xavier - West Springfield, MA

“David, Alan, Junkins FamilySorry to read of Dad's passing.His picture an Obit brought back many pleasant memories of 38 Carlton St. and two young...Read More »
12 of 14 | Posted by: george / millie counter - CT

“So sorry to hear about your loss. ”
13 of 14 | Posted by: Skip Hall - Frederick, MD

“Thank you for your service, and may you R.I.P. ”
14 of 14 | Posted by: A friend

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Clifford Eliot Junkins Jr. died Monday, January 30 at 2:56pm with a real angel at his side. While visiting Cliff at the Soldiers Home in Holyoke the Hospice Volunteer Coordinator found a version of Amazing Grace for Cliff to listen to. Although he had been unresponsive with his eyes closed, she knew that he was enjoying the hymn. When it was finished, he smiled and then peacefully passed away. We, his family, will be forever grateful to her and to all of his caregivers. Cliff, also known as Eliot, lived most of his life in Holyoke. Born on Nov 20,1926 to Clifford Eliot, Sr. and Elsie (Leland) Junkins, he grew up, went to school, married, and raised his family in the Paper City. He was a devoted husband for 62 years to MaryJo (White) who predeceased him in 2011. In 2013, at the age of 86, Cliff married Barbara Avanzato .who sadly passed away four months prior to their second anniversary. Cliff leaves two sons, three grandchildren, and four great grandchildren whom he dearly loved. His sons are David of Huntington, and Alan of Holyoke. His grandchildren (David and Mary's "kids") are: Michael and his wife Natashya , Kevin, and Jennifer who's married to William LeRoyer. Cliff's life was full; he was always "on the go". He served in the Navy, worked as a carpenter and office manager, went back to college for a BA in Education and graduated at the same time his son David did in 1970. He taught Carpentry and the Technical Assistance Program at Northampton's Smith Vocational School. He was involved in everything…First Presbyterian Church, IOOF, American Legion Post 351, Amateur "Ham" Radio and Civil Defense, Boy Scouts, and the Junkins Family Association to name a few. He was also a competitor in many Veteran Golden Age Olympics, and an avid music fan often traveling around the country for both. There will never be another quite like Cliff. His family, friends and even acquaintences will remember him with a smile on their face, acknowledging the good memories and unique character that he was. Calling hours - 11:00 to 12:30 and Funeral Service - 12:30 to 1:00 are being held at Barry J. Farrell Funeral Home, 2049 Northampton St, Holyoke MA 01040 on Saturday, February 4th. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Soldiers Home, 110 Cherry St. Holyoke, MA 01040. We also appreciate your thoughts and prayers.