Clifford P. Hemphill

September 11, 1950 - June 8, 2017 Kennett Square, PA | Age 66 Loving Son, Brother and Friend

Clifford P. Hemphill, age 66 of Kennett Square, PA, passed away on Thursday, June 8, 2017, at his home.

He is survived by his Mother, Pauline Blake, and three siblings, Mark, Michael, and Dorian Lelli. Clifford grew up in, Kennett Square, Pa. and attended, Kennett High School.

After graduating in, 1968, he then went onto, West Chester University, where he left after his junior year. Cliff lived in, Miami Beach, Florida, in the late, 1970s and then moved to, Malibu, California, and lived there for a couple of years, before moving to ,Venice Beach, California. He eventually returned to, Kennett Square, in 1985.

Cliff enjoyed music, and had a great appreciation for nature, where he felt the happiest, and at peace. He also enjoyed the beach, and loved swimming in the ocean. During Cliff’s high school years, he played, Soccer, Basketball, and Baseball, and was very good at all three sports. In College, he played, Soccer.

Cliff was fortunate to have many friends and was well liked, and he had a great sense of humor.

He had a successful painting business for sixteen years, and had the opportunity to work on a wide range of projects.

Cliff was an avid reader of esoteric books, his favorite author was, Zecharia Sitchin. He was an extremely giving person, and would do anything for people without expecting something in return. Cliff was a very spiritual person. He will be deeply missed by his Family and friends.

There will be a Mass, Friday morning, June 23rd at, 11:00 a.m. at, St. Patrick’s Church. 212 Meredith Street Kennett Square, Pa. 19348. Burial will be private.

Immediately following the Mass, there will be a gathering to celebrate Cliff’s life.

Online condolences may be made by visiting

Arrangements by the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home, Kennett Square, PA.

Message from the Family

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Funeral Mass

June 23, 2017 11:00 St. Patrick's Church
212 Meredith Street
Kennett Square, Pa. 19348




  1. So little, so late. I was searching to find another obit and was just gobsmacked to see Cliff’s smiling face looking back at me from the page. Wow. I am so sad to see him gone as well. Cliff and I used to fish together at local farm ponds in Chadds Ford. I was actually hoping to fish again with him one day. I guess we’ll whistle and go fishing in heaven. Until then, rest in peace. Proud to have called you my friend.

    Ian Mair | January 18, 2018 at 4:06 PM
  2. Dolly, Michael, Mark and Dorian,

    I am so sorry to here of Clifford’s passing. I just reconnected with Clifford this past Christmas season at a small class of 1968 reunion that Milly Piperis had organized. Clifford was full of energy that I always remembered of him in Kindergarten through High School at Kennett Consolidated. We will all miss him and his super sense of humor. May you rest in Peace.

    William (Bill) P. Wickersham | July 19, 2017 at 1:59 AM
  3. Dolly, Dorian, Michael and Mark – So sorry to hear about Cliff passing away. What a good guy and a great athlete in high school. Such wonderful and many memories of growing up in Stenning hills. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time
    Judi Scott Ciemania

    Judi Ciemania | June 29, 2017 at 10:58 AM
  4. Cliff was my first boyfriend way back in Jr high. He was a good friend to all and boy could he dance! Such a kind and loving soul taken way to soon. RIP Cliff, you will be missed.
    Patti Perigo Testa

    Patti & Joe Testa | June 27, 2017 at 4:00 PM
  5. Another 1968 KHS classmate is gone, but not forgotten. Cliff was very special and always had a smile on his face. Although we traveled in different groups in high school, whenever I ran into him he was so sweet, kind and funny I felt like we had been the oldest and best of friends! He will be missed. I send my condolences to Cliff’s family and many friends.

    Christine Hopkins Rizzotte | June 26, 2017 at 11:44 AM
  6. Clifford always had a smile on his face. He was such a sweet guy. I used to have him paint for me when I lived in Landenberg. You could trust him to do a great job. He was honest and sincere. I am so sorry for your loss. May he rest in peace.
    Sharon McMahon Journey

    Sharon Journey | June 24, 2017 at 6:11 PM
  7. Dolly and Family,
    I am so sorry to hear of Cliffy’s passing. He was a great person and willing to help anyone in anyway he could. He will be missed by many. May he rest in peace.
    Margaret Pennington

    Margaret Pennington | June 24, 2017 at 4:08 PM
  8. Dolly, Michael, Mark & Dorian,
    My sincere sympathies for your loss. Many fond memories of our huge Stenning Hills crowd. I grew up on Oak Avenue and everyone on that hill will always remember Cliff’s magic smile and his upbeat attitude. What a wonderful place to grow up as evidenced by all the folks who have written epitaphs here. May you all find solace in the memories, as I will.

    Joe Donohoe | June 23, 2017 at 11:57 AM
  9. Cliff,
    Here today and gone tomorrow as the old saying goes. Your lifelong friendship was precious to me and even after going in separate directions for many years we were able to talk and reminisce with you and old friends at the annual get together with the Stenning Hills group about the many childhood through young adult memories we especially shared as neighbors born months apart who lived across the street from each other on Mason Avenue. Great Memories Cliff that I will always cherish. Gone too soon.

    Mick mcLaughlin | June 22, 2017 at 10:45 PM
  10. Dear Aunt Dolly, Dorian, Mark, and Michael,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you! So many wonderful memories!
    Clifford had such a kind and caring spirit! My mother loved talking to him when he took his walks!
    His smile radiated such love!
    Please know we are all sending you love!
    Annmarie, Rich, Kyle and Jennie

    Annmarie Stigale | June 22, 2017 at 8:48 PM
  11. My condolences to the Hemphill family. Cliffy.. You were a great friend, classmate and dancing partner. Thank you for just being a great guy… We will miss you.

    Milly Caputo Piperis | June 22, 2017 at 4:00 PM
  12. I finally reconnected with my cousin Cliff after too many years. We went to Strawberry Mansion (Joseph’s Hemphill’s home) together and
    meandered through Laurel Hills Cemetery to find our Hemphill relatives. When we spoke on the phone, we shared our love of history.
    He always brought his mom to my mom’s birthday celebrations.
    I was looking forward to many more visits and discovering family history together. I will miss Cliff. I will always have a special place in my heart for him.
    Linda Hemphill Hicks

    Linda H Hicks | June 22, 2017 at 1:07 PM
  13. I’ll miss my good friend since kindergarten but will never forget. My sympathy to Cliff’s family and many friends.

    Barbara Hickman Carozzo | June 21, 2017 at 9:34 AM
  14. Will always remember the great childhood memories growing up in Stenning Hills. Playing baseball, wiffleball games from sun up till sundown in the summers. Always enjoyed talking with Cliff, with his great smile and attitude. We will miss you Cliff.

    Tom Brown | June 20, 2017 at 9:35 AM
  15. Dolly, Mark and family – I am so sorry to hear about Clifford! It’s just so unbelievable – I feel like any weekend now I am going to see Cliff walk through the doors of Giordanos with Dolly on one arm and her pocketbook in his hand headed towards Dolly’s favorite table to enjoy dinner together! He did look good with that pocketbook and she always made sure that he had it! They were not only mother and son but they were friends and they were a great comedy team (kind of like George Burns and Gracie Allen)! The two of them made everyone laugh!! He was so caring and loving towards Dolly and she back to him! It was wonderful and heartwarming to watch! It was a good relationship that many would wish for! Cliff was so easy to talk to and even though I didn’t grow up around him, I really enjoyed the connection through our conversations. He will be so missed but as one of my favorite songs says “He’s headed Home where the streets are golden and every chain is broken.”! He was such a kind man who just seemed to be smiling whenever you saw him! My heart goes out to all of you along with my prayers for comfort and peace! May God’s love surround you in the “eye” of this storm!

    Linda Rosenbaum | June 19, 2017 at 11:59 PM
  16. Dolly, Michael and family: So sorry for your loss.

    Joan Hoffman

    Joan Hoffman | June 19, 2017 at 11:31 AM
  17. My condolences to the Hemphill family.
    I remember when Cliff played basketball for my father.
    Great guy with a great sense of humor.

    Kevin Kendig

    Kevin Kendig | June 17, 2017 at 12:21 PM
  18. Cliff,
    Words cannot convey how sad, yet joyful, at hearing of your moving on to the other side has made me. As a kid brother of one of your KHS running buddies, and always wanting to tag along with him and all you older guys, even then you bared your true soul with your kindness and humor. Wish I could write here some of your humorous expressions I’ve carried with me my whole life from those days, but will leave them unspoken here, certain that others might not appreciate them the same way. Returning finally to Kennett myself pretty recently, seeing you around once again proved that you continued your whole life to be that same kindhearted soul, and despite our most recent contacts seeming mostly to be at events memorializing our mutual friends and family from those days in Stenning Hills in the late 60’s, it was always a joy to see you. You are missed.
    David “Robin” Baker

    David "Robin" Baker | June 17, 2017 at 9:19 AM
  19. Cliff – a kind, loving and funny man – you will be missed by everyone who every knew your smile and laugh. My sympathy to your family.

    Jane Meadows Martin | June 17, 2017 at 8:08 AM
  20. Dear Clifford,
    A dear friend who always was available to listen without judgement.Thank you for wonderful memories.A
    Gentle man with a special smile and a gentle heart. You are now in a more wonderful place.
    Victoria Corrado Peirson

    Victoria Corrado Peirson | June 17, 2017 at 7:25 AM
  21. Michael and family, I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved brother and son. He left a huge smile on everyone’s face. May he rest in peace.

    Linda Kanofsky Trinidad | June 17, 2017 at 12:11 AM
  22. I’m so sorry to hear about clifford. As dolly would say little ernie. Miss all the laughter we had with him at giordanos. He was always poking at dolly and singing. He was such a nice person. Wish i could be there. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. love always Kathy and Lisa.

    kathy rineer and lisa kauffman | June 16, 2017 at 9:32 PM
  23. I am so sorry for this loss to your family. Losing someone is never easy but a brother and son may be among the hardest.I will keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers.

    James Weis | June 16, 2017 at 6:19 PM
  24. We are in denial yet!! :( :( our wonderful neighbor is with my Parents now , R I P Clifford and make sure you get that money bag ready for Martin when he comes to visit, Always was a joke every time he saw you asking for money, Really missing our friend someday will be together in that beautiful paradise where there is not suffering or pain, To the family all I can say is we have no words still in shock, If you need anything we are here for you, Blessings, Ana & Martin

    Ana Feliciano | June 16, 2017 at 3:31 PM
  25. We lived next door to Clifford all through my growing up years. Cliff and I shared our 9/11/1950 birthday, and our parents took pictures of us on our birthday every year when we were younger. So many memories of playing “Face” and Kick the Can on summer evenings, and memories of Cliff always having a smile and always being kind to a girl who was a bit different. Even though I left Kennett almost 50 years ago, I’ll never forget my neighbor and friend. Thoughts and prayers to his family.

    Linda (Stanley) Smith | June 16, 2017 at 10:12 AM
  26. Sorry for your loss Michael and Family.! -RIP Cliff!

    Janet | June 16, 2017 at 10:09 AM
  27. I did not know Clifford personally. I extend my deepest sympathy to the entire family as they mourn their loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time. May Cllifford rest in peace.

    Mark Christian | June 16, 2017 at 9:41 AM
  28. Such a truly nice, kind and sincere person. I am glad to have called him my friend. He could be so funny and had a brilliant smile that he greeted everyone with. I thought he resembled Robin Williams and he once said, “I can see how you could identify me with Mork”! He always made me laugh. I appreciated that he made an effort to visit my mother last year during the Christmas holiday even though he had to be somewhere else. So thoughtful, that’s the kind of guy he was. I saw him most every week at the grocery store he was a bright spot in an otherwise ordinary day. I will miss that. Shine on Cliff! Sincere thoughts to his family, you are fortunate to have years of precious memories.

    Becky (Kirwin) Tolmie | June 16, 2017 at 8:29 AM
  29. Michael, Mark and Dorian,
    I moved away from Kennett after graduating from high school 50 years ago, but my memories of growing up with your brother Cliff are among my sweetest experiences. Teeners League baseball, pick-up whiffle ball games, trading baseball cards and Trick or Treating on Halloween in Stenning Hills. As a teenager spending sultry summer evenings hanging out with fellow neighborhood Baby Boomers. Many, many hours spent at the Reese’s Pharmacy soda fountain just passing the time. Each and every memory of time shared with Cliff brings a smile to my face. I have been fortunate enough to reconnect with Cliff and other Stenning Hills Baby Boomers Ken Scott, Mick McLaughlin and Tom Brown during recent annual return visits to Kennett. The last time I saw Cliff was last August. And through the years Cliff hadn’t changed a bit. He was still the same sweet person I knew and loved 50 years ago. I just want to let you know what a special person Cliff has been. I’m very thankful for having had the opportunity to reconnect all these years later.

    Vince DiPaolo, formerly of 125 Ridge Avenue in Stenning Hills | June 16, 2017 at 2:48 AM
  30. Wow Clifford ! So many many memories—- I am so glad we talked about old times last fall … one of the most vivid memories was the party on your back porch the night the guys landed on the moon / and us betting on which foot they would step off the ladder with …. how about the night I tripped with a milk bottle in my hand going up your sidewalk to your front door ? The results of that high school prank can still be seen with marks from stitches on my hand ! Many many memories- all of them good … but now, you’re in the best of company and the best of hands !

    David becker | June 15, 2017 at 4:59 PM
  31. Sorry for your loss-Cliff and I played basketball together in high school-great guy

    John Fogleman | June 15, 2017 at 4:45 PM
  32. Such a sweet man. You will be sadly missed. So glad to have seen you last October at the wedding.

    Karen yarnall | June 15, 2017 at 3:16 PM

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