The Cannington Lions Club is mourning the death of one of its longest-serving members.
Cliff Teel, who served as a volunteer member for more than four decades, passed away suddenly at Markham Stouffville Hospital on Saturday (Feb. 16).
An OBITUARY notes that Teel served as a crane operator for Miller Paving for most of his working life.
“He could never say enough good things about his employer or his co-workers. Exploits in Kapuskasing and Spruce Mills Pulp and Paper were the source of many legendary stories,” it reads.
“Cliff loved his family, friends, home, and community, and he was loved in return. It was impossible to travel anywhere with Cliff without running into a friend or relation. Cliff seemed to know everybody, and everybody knew Cliff. He was proud to be a member of many community groups but had a special dedication to both the Cannington Lions Club and Legion.”
It also states that he was extremely proud to have received a Canada 150 medal from MP Jamie Schmale in the fall of 2017.
A social media post from the Cannington Lions notes that Teel was a pillar of the organization throughout his tenure.
“Lion Cliff was always ready to lend a hand to any project. He helped out not only with the club but also with organizations that the club supported including Meals on Wheels,” it reads.
“Lion Cliff always had a story to tell and he would regularly add to the spirit of camaraderie at Lions meetings. He will be missed by all of the members of the Cannington Lions Club and our sincere condolences go out to his family and wide circle of friends. Thank you for everything you did Lion Cliff.”
In an interview, Lions member Bo Enss noted that Teel was always quick to lend his time to any number of projects.
“He was extremely committed to the club and helping out the community,” he said.
In accordance with Teel’s wishes, there will be no visitation or funeral service. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Cannington Lions Club or the Cannington Legion.