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Clifford B. Thrift

Clifford B. Thrift

October 13, 1956 - September 28, 2019     Age: 62

Clifford “Cliff” Beach Thrift passed into the Lords hands on September 28th, with his family at his side. He was born October 13, 1956 in Coronado, CA, the son of Janice Beach Thrift. He graduated from Fernandina Beach High School in 1975 and received an Associates degree in Underwater Technology from the Florida Institute of Technology.Cliff was an outdoors man through and through. Always loving the sea, Cliff took a shrimping position with friends, where many laughs were shared and memories made. After shrimping, Cliff continued his maritime career with Weeks Dredging Company, finally leaving for Hornbeck’s Off-shore as a Captain. He was an avid fisherman, hunter, and passionate about both flying and music.  More than anything, Cliff adored spending time with friends, family, and wife, the true love of his life.

Cliff was proceeded in life by his mother Janice Beach Thrift.

He is survived by his wife, Marnie Thrift, his two brothers, Phil (Georgene) and Donald, nephew Dalton, four step-children, Morgan McNeil (Ken Mulstay) Shannon Wooten (Bryan) Shane McNeil (April Ross) and Katie McNeil, two grandsons, Lukas and Arthur Mulstay, and his most beloved friend, Allen Mills.

Please join us for a celebration of Cliff’s life at the Ocean Club of Amelia on October 6th from 3PM-6PM. 2080 S Fletcher Ave., Amelia Island, FL.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Wolfson Children’s Hospital/Cancer Research in memory of Cliff Thrift to Wolfson Children’s Hospital and Cancer Research 841 Prudential Dr. Suite 1300 JAX,FL 32207.

Rest in peace our dear Captain, you were greatly loved and will be dearly missed.

25 Condolences

  • Joni Reid Posted September 28, 2019 5:10 pm

    Rest in Peace, Cliff.

  • Sherry Sutton Posted September 28, 2019 7:13 pm

    I’m so very sorry for your great loss. I’m here for you anything. Love you sherry

  • Russell Fullwood Posted September 29, 2019 12:16 am

    RIP Old Friend till we meet again,Lot’s of good times Memories will last forever Take care my Friend you’ll e missed..:(

  • Tim and Pat Middleton Posted September 29, 2019 10:41 pm

    CLiff, you will be missed.

  • Cynthia Rush Mercer Posted September 29, 2019 11:02 pm

    May you Rest In Peace Cliff. Prayers for your family.

  • Randall Pipkin Posted September 30, 2019 10:21 am

    I will miss him dearly. Prayers to the family.

  • Kevin Drake Posted September 30, 2019 10:27 am

    Cliff was a good friend during our school days and a great guy. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. May God grant you His grace and His peace.

  • Carmie Hull Posted September 30, 2019 3:43 pm

    Just learned the unhappy news about Cliff. I recollect our youthful friendship with much fondness and am saddened to learn of his passing. Memories endure of his friendly smile and gentle manner.

  • Valencia Gower Posted September 30, 2019 7:02 pm

    So sorry to hear this. Prayers for the family.

  • Chris fultz Posted October 1, 2019 7:52 pm

    Rest your oars shipmate.. we have the watch…

  • Gail Terry Posted October 1, 2019 9:35 pm

    Many prayers sent your way

  • Troy Iuen Posted October 2, 2019 7:29 am

    Cliff was my roommate my senior year in collage. His sense of humor and positive attitude is what I remember most about Cliff. .just another of my good friends that has succumbed to cancer.

  • Andrew Davis Posted October 2, 2019 10:05 am

    Cliff was a good man and a good friend. I have known him for 10 years and worked with him from coast to coast. I too have battled this terrible disease for over a year and Cliff reached out to me often to pass on his positive energy so that I could fight it the way he did. My prayers are with the Thrift family.

  • Antoinette Thrift Posted October 2, 2019 10:13 am

    So very sorry for your family’s loss. Cliff was a great guy and as I read other condolences, I see even more how much he touched the lives of others. May he rest in peace and may your family find comfort in the great memories you have to cherish.

  • Chet Richmond Posted October 2, 2019 6:27 pm

    I was happy to see Cliff at our college reunion. Very sorry for your loss. RIP Cliff. Pooooty hoooo!

  • Donna & John Giardina Posted October 2, 2019 7:32 pm

    So sorry for your loss Marnie. Our prayers are with you as you go through this sad time.

  • Trudy Collings Posted October 2, 2019 7:39 pm

    Thinking of you, Marnie, and the whole family. I am so grateful to have met Cliff in Hawaii during Shannon & Bryan’s wedding. His kindness and warmth I will always remember. Sending all of our love. xo, Trudy & Brandt

  • Andy Posted October 2, 2019 8:23 pm

    So sad. Those of us in this generation will see too much of this, as did our parents generation, I’m afraid.
    Eternal rest grant unto him,
    O Lord, and let perpetual light
    shine upon him. May the souls
    of all the faithful departed, through

    the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen. 😪🙏🏻

  • Darrell Holcomb Posted October 2, 2019 8:50 pm

    Marnie, so sorry for your loss. Cliff was a special man who will be missed. I enjoyed our friendship and working relationship for years. I will always remember his smile. Rest well, my friend.

  • MIKE BLANKINSHIP Posted October 2, 2019 9:20 pm

    my condolence to all family and friends cliff was such a part of fernandia beach and my upbringing

  • Kay H Stephens Posted October 2, 2019 10:03 pm

    Fellow lifeguard from our high school days. So sorry for your family. Sweet person!

  • Teri Proctor Meeks Posted October 3, 2019 3:46 pm

    Sail on….. RIP

  • Laura Beasley Posted October 3, 2019 7:28 pm

    Too soon to lose such a cool guy! I can’t help but think that he & Randy Cuthrell are together again finding some seafaring adventures in heaven. Sure miss both these Captains.

  • Gary Corbett Posted October 4, 2019 1:49 am

    Captain Cliff was a great person, leader and friend. You were always great to talk to. I admired your positive outlook on everything. You will be missed. Fair winds and followings seas my friend.

  • Robbie “Bird” Harrington Brassard Posted October 7, 2019 2:37 pm

    A beautiful light has been extinguished far too soon. So happy to have had the opportunity to get to know the man who made one of my dearest friends so very happy. May he rest in peace and may all of his loved ones find comfort in the many happy memories you shared.

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