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Clifton L Wentworth

Clifton L.“Cliff” Wentworth, known to many as “Pete”, passed away suddenly and peacefully in his home on May 15, 2018. Cliff was born in the old Hunt Hospital to Ruth Gertrude Soper and Ernest Benning Wentworth on March 22, 1928. He grew up in Danvers, attended Danvers schools, and worked on some of the many Danvers farms as a young man. 

In 1945, at age 17, he left school and enlisted in the U.S. Navy. During WWII he served aboard the U.S.S. Brush DD745 in the Pacific Ocean. After the war he served aboard the U.S.S. N.K. Perry DDR 883 on occupation duty in the far East. He later served aboard the battleship U.S.S. New Jersey BB63. He returned to the states in 1952, to marry his sweetheart, Monica Kmiec of Ipswich. They had two daughters, Jane and JoAnn

Cliff served on the 26th M.P. Company, MA National Guard until 1957. He joined the Ipswich Police Department in 1958 and served on the force until he retired in 1970. He was a life member of Disabled Amvets, VFW Post 1093 Ipswich (where he was Post Commander), American Legion Post 80 Ipswich, and Polish Legion American Veterans Post 92 Ipswich (where he was Post Commander and State Commander).

Cliff loved making cakes, soups, and batches of pickles to give to his friends and family. He loved cracking jokes, telling old war stories and could often be found at the Agawam Diner—which he frequented almost daily. He was caring, faithful and a constant support to many.

Cliff is preceded in death by his daughter Jane (Wentworth) Parady and Monica Wentworth, his wife of fifty-five years. He leaves daughter, JoAnn Wentworth of Danvers, three grand-daughters, Mary Gardner of Phoenix, AZ, Alison Parady Caram and her husband Richard Jr. of Rowley, and Brianna Farina-Stewart and her husband Cameron of Ipswich. He also leaves his many nieces and nephews as well as his four great-grand-children, Tyler, Darren, Piper and Chapel, all of whom he loved beyond words. 

His funeral service will be held 10 am Monday May 21 in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich followed by interment with Naval Honors in the Cowles Memorial Cemetery, Ipswich. Family and friends are respectfully invited. Visiting hours will be Sunday 4 to 8 pm with a Veterans Service at 6 pm. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in his name may be made to the Fisher House, 1400 VFW Parkway, West Roxbury, MA 02132.


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