The staff of the Coast Guard Foundation have heavy hearts today after we learned of the passing of one of our beloved directors, CPO R. Angelo Cleffi, USCG (Ret.) – simply "Chief" to all who knew and loved him. Chief Cleffi passed away at his home earlier this month after a brief illness.
Chief has been a part of our Foundation family since 2000, having been recruited to the organization by the late CAPT Carlton "Gene" Russell, USCGR (Ret). Chief considered Captain Russell to be his mentor and friend, and together, with other board members in Southern California, faithfully organized and coordinated the Southern California Scholarship Golf Tournament, which significantly contributed to our ability to fund scholarships for children of enlisted members.
There are currently plans for two memorials for Chief Cleffi. One in California, and another in New Jersey, his home state, where he'll be laid to rest. For more information about these services, please contact the Coast Guard Foundation at (860) 536-0786.
The enlisted corps, and their families, were of the utmost importance to Chief, and he tirelessly advocated for them through our programs and projects. In 2009, Chief represented the Foundation at the memorial service for the seven Coast Guard members who perished in the crash of CG-1705 and at the memorial service for Senior Chief Terrell Horne III in 2012.
Chief was very proud of his Coast Guard service. In early October 2012 he traveled to Hawaii for the decommissioning of the Coast Guard Cutter JARVIS. It's a ship Chief knew well, having served as part of the original commissioning crew 40 years earlier. All told, 21 of the original crew were in attendance, as well as 30 other crew members from later tours.
Chief had a long career in the Coast Guard and is survived by his wife, Suzy, who was often by his side helping with the golf tournament and accompanying Chief at events all across the country.
He will be missed by all of us, and in particular, the staff in Stonington holds him close to their hearts; Chief called at least once a week to check in with them, and sent funny greeting cards for all major (and minor) holidays, and dropped postcards in the mail from wherever he was traveling.
We put together a small photo album of some of his greatest moments captured on film, but anyone who spent time with Chief will most likely remember him for his boisterous voice, and the enthusiasm with which he sang all patriotic songs, Semper Paratus in particular. He will always be a part of the fabric of the Coast Guard Foundation.
As Chief would say – Mahalo. Rest in peace, Chief Cleffi.Viewing
Monday, August 18th, 2014
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Westminster Memorial Park & Mortuary
14801 Beach Blvd, Westminster, CA 92683
Tuesday, August 19th, 2014
Los Alamitos Joint Training Center
11206 Lexington Drive
Los Alamitos, Ca 90720
Main Gate- Hanger 3
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Seal Beach Navy Golf Course
5660 Orangewood Ave
Cypress, Ca 90630
Thursday, August 21st, 2014
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Bermingham Funeral Home
216 S Main St, Wharton, NJ 07885
Friday, 10:00 AM, August 22, 2014
Wharton Community Church
20 Church St, Wharton, NJ 07885
Route 15 North
Rockaway Township, NJ 07885
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