A. Lee Clifford, 91, a Cape Coral resident since 1995, formerly of Fort Myers Beach and Indianapolis, died Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012, in Cape Coral.
He was born Dec. 23, 1920, in Indianapolis, to Alfred and Hazel Clifford. He received his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University, and was a graduate of the University of Chicago School of Law.
Following World War II, during which he served in the Army Corps of Engineers, he practiced law before leaving that field to join his father in the electrical component distribution business in Indianapolis.
A world traveler of adventurous spirit, he founded a flying club which later evolved into AmericanTransAirlines, and developed two resort properties in Acapulco, Mexico. He retired in 1988 to Fort Myers Beach, where he met his wife, Elle, and became an avid boater. Lee and Elle became active members of the Royal Palm Yacht Club and the Cape Coral Cruise Club. He also served two terms as commodore of the Fort Myers Beach Yacht Club, and was past president of District 8, International Order of the Blue Gavel, an organization of past commodores dedicated to preserving yachting tradition.
Upon moving to Cape Coral, he became a dedicated member of the Faith Presbyterian Church, Cape Coral, where he served as an elder and on numerous committees.
He also belonged to several fraternal organizations, including the Shrine, Jesters, American Legion, Elks, Moose, and Eagles.
He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Ellen ("Elle") of Cape Coral; two sons, Ron (Pattie) Clifford and John (Kathy) Clifford; a daughter-in-law, Mary Ilo Clifford; and several grandchildren and great grandchildren, all of Indianapolis.
He was preceded in death by his eldest son, A. Lee "Bud" Clifford III, and his first wife, Peggy.
Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, Sept. 14, at the Faith Presbyterian Church, 4544 Coronado Parkway, Cape Coral, with the Rev. Dr. H. Timothy Halverson presiding.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Hope Hospice, 9470 HealthPark Circle, Fort Myers, FL 33908.
Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.