Cliff Davis; A Follow-Up

While work commitments precluded our attendance, several of our friends made the trip over to Tamassee, South Carolina yesterday evening for the remembrance and celebration of Cliff’s life with Lisa, Molly and Anna.  The gathering was held at the aforementioned Tamassee DAR School which is also where Cliff and Lisa exchanged their wedding vows.

A close friend who travelled to Salem from Tucker, Georgia with her husband estimated well over three hundred of the Davis’ family and friends came to share their stories, recollections and anecdotes of times spent with Cliff and to spend time with Lisa and the girls who, from all accounts, appeared to be doing well and focusing on what’s next.  Other members of our ‘tandem family’ travelled to Tamassee from Louisville & Murfreesboro, Tennessee, as well as a North Carolina contingent from Charlotte, Graham, and Taylorsville.

At present, Lisa and her daughter Anna are still planning to attend one of the major, upcoming tandem rallies and discussing riding configurations with our friends from Tucker, i.e., perhaps spending time on a triplet and/or with Lisa and Anna on Lisa’s Santana tandem… remembering that they had previously ridden that very same tandem cross-country back just six years ago.  It will be great to see, visit and ride with Lisa and Anna over the weekend and we — like all of our friends — are encouraged to see that tandeming will remain a special part of the Davis’ family’s lifestyle going forward.

As for what caused Cliff to collapse, a ‘major heart attack’ has apparently been been cited as the primary cause.   Subsequent discussions between Lisa and the attending cardiologist will hopefully yield additional details that will clarify the diagnosis. It would be instructive to know if it was a blockage (heart attack or MI) or a sudden cardiac arrest (SCD) and of any relationship this cardiac event may share with another collapse Cliff experienced while riding last year. Sadly, we have lost several dear friends to cardiac disease, SCDs and MIs over the past few years and without warning.  The latter stands as a vivid reminder of why we should always cherish every moment of our lives on this Earth.  After all, time truly is the most scarce and finite of all our resources since we can’t really save it, we certainly can’t buy more and truly don’t know how much we really have in the first place.

In closing, I am once again reminded of the joy, laughter, devotion and love that surrounded Cliff and everyone whose life he touched… and we feel privileged if not honored to have been one of many, many friends whose lives were touched.

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About TG

I've been around a bit and done a few things, have a couple kids and a few grandkids. I tend to be curmudgeonly, matter-of-fact and not predisposed to self-serving chit-chat. Thankfully, my wife's as nice as can be otherwise we'd have no friends. My interests are somewhat eclectic, but whose aren't?
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3 Responses to Cliff Davis; A Follow-Up

  1. George Raftelis says:

    To Cliff’s Family

    My thoughts and prayers go out to Cliff’s family. I am a 62 year old male from Charlotte, and was riding behind Cliff and Lisa on Saturday. I witnessed Cliff sprawled out on the road. Given there were so many people surrounding Cliff, I decided to ride on thinking my presence just made administration of medical help more difficult. We learned later of Cliff’s later and I am saddened that this could happen so suddenly to someone who appears to be a wonderful human being.

    If possible, I would like to know if you have identified any charities or non-profits that I could contribute in honor of Cliff and his life. My email is: graftelis@raftelis.com

    Sadly, George Raftelis

  2. TG says:

    The Davis family has asked that in lieu of flowers, etc., donations be made to the Tamassee DAR School.

    You can find a link to the Childrens Fund page below and on that page you’ll find a downloadable Microsoft Word document that you can mail in with your Honorariums and Memorial donations:

    http://www.tdarschool.org/dynamicdata/thechildrensfund.aspx?id=4&sid=177&menuid=4

  3. Roger Haley says:

    Carol and I just heard about Cliff tonight. What a shock!!!
    Lisa, Molly and Anna Your in our are thoughts. The good times we had riding and sharing time will always be cherished.

    Your BAMA Buddies!!!

    Carol and Roger

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