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Clifford James McIntyre

August 31, 1964 February 19, 2021
Clifford James McIntyre
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Clifford James McIntyre, 56, of Chillicothe Il formerly of Whitman Ma passed away at 5:21 pm on Friday February 19, 2021 at the Richard Owens Hospice Home in Peoria, Illinois after a well fought, courageous battle with multiple myeloma. Cliff was born a fighter. He fought his battle with cancer with the mindset that in the end cancer would never win. He overcame many hurdles throughout his life, and always started each day with the mindset of being a better person than he was the day before.

He was born on August 31, 1964 in Peoria, Illinois the son of Donald R Sr. and Nancy (Arnold) McIntyre. He married Jeannie Douglas in 1990. She preceded him in death on January 31, 2017.

Cliff is survived by his service dog Roxie, his daughters, Lynne (Brian) Finn of Whitman Ma, Kelie (Phil) McIntyre of Maine. Also surviving are his mother, Nancy McIntyre of Chillicothe Illinois, Kimberly Green of Rockford Illinois, Melody (Anthony) Pompa of Chillicothe Illinois, and Jennifer (Matthew) Hunter of Peoria, Illinois.

Cliff is also survived by one granddaughter Charlotte Finn of Whitman, Ma, a very special Aunt Brenda (Steve) Dowdell of Dunlap Illinois, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins who loved Cliff and always enjoyed spending time with him. Cliff had a special relationship with his nephew Luke. Prior to his passing, he had spent the last several weekends coming to stay over with Luke. It was during this time that their love for each other grew to a new level, and their bond over Cliff’s faithful Roxie blossomed.

Cliff is preceded in death by his grandparents, father, Donald McIntyre Sr, brother, Donald McIntyre Jr, nephew Mark Green, and many aunts and uncles that also helped to welcome him to God’s eternal kingdom of glory on Friday evening.

Cliff was a graduate of Washington Community High School. After graduation, Cliff enlisted in the United States Navy and served our country for eight years, and served in Desert Storm. After honorable discharge from the U.S. Navy, Cliff served other vets by working with the Veterans Administration in Massachusetts for several years prior to retirement.

Cliff was a loving master to his service dog Roxie, father, papa, son, brother, uncle, nephew and friend to all who knew and loved Cliff. Cliff had an undying love for the Chicago Cubs and was so ecstatic to see them win the World Series in 2016. Cliff loved to play fetch with his service dog Roxie as they spent hours a day doing this up to the end, watching the Chicago Cubs on TV, fishing, listening to country music, and golfing with his buddy Larry Green when the weather was good. Cliff also enjoyed spending time with those who loved him and never met a stranger. Cliff had a way about him that would allow him to make friends with just about any one he met over the years. Cliff was fortunate to have had an opportunity to visit Wrigley Field several times over the years to cheer on his team, and was blessed to have a wonderful friendship with Anne at Illinois Cancer Care. Anne was one of the many wonderful, caring nurses who made a difference in Cliff’s life during treatment and even helped to arrange for him and his sister to attend a game with Anne and her husband.

Cliff was blessed to be connected with Freedom for Paws , Chillicothe Illinois in 2020 and it was at that time he was blessed to have been united with his service dog and best friend Roxie. Roxie was with him through many appointments and treatment over the last year and was truly a calming force through the storm.

Cremation rights have been accorded. Due to Covid 19 restrictions, a celebration of life will be held later this summer to honor Cliff.

A special thank you to the staff and physicians at Illinois Cancer Care, OSF St Francis Medical Center, OSF Infusion, and the Richard Owens hospice home. The love and compassion that was shown to Cliff and his family throughout his illness will hold a special place in our hearts as we grieve the loss of our dear loved one. A special thank you to Cliff’s neighbor Angie Hudec who was always there to help in any way she could. She was a bright light for him on some of his toughest days.

Memorials in Cliff’s name can be made to Freedom for Paws in Chillicothe Illinois. Donations will help them to continue to serve some of our most precious veterans in their time of need.

The Cremation Society of Mid-Illinois Co. Pekin/Peoria is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at csmico.com

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