In Memory

Jon Clisham

Jon Clisham

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04/05/21 05:52 PM #1    

Vicki Meece (Knowles)

We are sad to announce that Jon Clisham lost his valliant battle with cancer yesterday. Thank you, Nelson Widell and Justice Duncan, for contacting me. Jon attended Christ the King School prior to HMHS. After school he served in the Air Force and spent time in Viet Nam. His residences included North and South Carolina, Florida, Texas, California, Washington State, Pennsylvania, and New York. He had recently moved back to Haddonfield. He leaves two sons and three grandchildren in the Seattle area.


He worked in the hotel management and restaurant/bar business for 20 years and spent another 20 as the Operations and Safety Manager for a Special Education facility in Queens, New York. "We educate students who are emotionally disturbed, children with autism, and students with multihandicapping conditions. Some bright person once said, 'When you find something to do that you love, you'll never work a day in your life'."


Another quote from Jon on his HMHS66 profile stated in his highlights:  "the photography of Josh and Nelson is always a high point. Finally, since returning home, the happiness I'm enjoying rekindling my relationships with old friends and former classmates. Thank you, Sally Cooper, for your time and effort tracking me down. Next time, just try the post office. I should be on the wall."


04/05/21 07:19 PM #2    

Doug Clevenger

Jon and I sat next to each other in the very front row of tables in Physics our senior year. I have no idea what grade Jon got from Mr Cervesis (sp?), but he got an A in humor and friendship from me. The dude could make me laugh. Hiis mischievous grin is what I will always remember. 

04/05/21 07:36 PM #3    

Nelson Widell

Viewing for Jon at Hinski Funeral Home, Monday April 12@10am

Funeral@11am @ Christ The King Monday, April 12


04/06/21 11:20 AM #4    

Bob Greenberg

Apart from some mischief when we were in HS, I did not have a close relationship with Jon. But when I saw or spoke to him, especially at the 50 reunion, if you had listened in to our conversations, you would have thought we were best friends for years. I have a feeling that Jon was like that with everyone he cared about.....a genuine, interested and interesting person who clearly loved life and was robbed of it too soon. 
He and I will not have that post pandemic cocktail now. I am the saddest for that. I hope his family and all of us have only the sweetest memories. 

04/06/21 02:31 PM #5    

Josh Gitomer

Jon's house was at the corner of Peyton and Mt. Vernon. We lived just 4 houses down in the same block at Peyton and Redman. My dad, an 8-handicap golfer in those days, had a practice golf cage set up in the back yard, and Jon would often come by after school to work on his swing with Max giving him pointers. Honestly, it was Jon's gracious comments about him ("a true gentleman") that made me appreciate my own father more. And what a lovely continuum to see that word, gentlemen, now so often spoken by those remembering our friend Jon. 

04/07/21 12:45 PM #6    

Nelson Widell

Update On Service For Jon Clisham.

I spoke with Ken Tomlinson/ Hinski-Tomlinson Funeral Home.

Viewing and Visitation from 10-11am on Monday, April 12 @ Christ The King

Funeral Mass @ 11am also C of K.

04/08/21 08:33 AM #7    

Charles Boenecke

I met Jon at the start of freshman year. We were locker partners. I never hung out with Jon, he was a little mysterious to me. He lived in a completely different world from me with a completely different social group. The first CTK kid I got to know. But we always had a good word for each other when we met at the locker during the day. After HS, I did not see Jon again for decades. We eventually reconnected on FB. We disagreed on Colin Kapernick kneeling during the national anthem. I learned of Jon's military service. But we enjoyed the same respect for one another that we had way back when. I finally met up with Jon at one of our mini-reunions at Tavistock. It was a terriffic experience and Jon and I frequently communicated after that. Jon was an impressive guy his whole life. A true gentleman in every sense of the word. 


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