We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Gates Funeral Home, Inc.
W. Clifford Reese Jr, 83, passed away Thursday, September 9, 2021. He was born June 2, 1938, in Earlville, NY, son of the late William C. and Margaret A. Reese. Cliff grew up in Earlville, NY, on the family farm. He attended Earlville Central School and went on to Cornell University, earning a degree in Agriculture. He worked in the agricultural nutrition field throughout his adult life, both in the US and internationally. Being involved in a church community was important to him. Cliff was an active member in the United Methodist Church Conference and in his local church, including the Walk To Emmaus. In addition, he was an active member of the Lyons Club at one point in his life.
Cliff was married 61 years to his loving, supportive wife, Marie, who survives. He loved being a dad, grandpa & great-grandpa. Additional surviving family members include sons Scott (Lisa) Reese, Michael (Terri) Reese, and daughter: Lisa White. Grandchildren: Heather Hampsey, Renee (Matt) Dossett, Rebecca (Brad) Resinger, Caitlin and Devon Reese, Taylor White (Chris Morgan), Dakota, and Jordan White. Great-grandchildren: Lane and Mason Dossett, Serena Russell, Jackson Resinger. His siblings Mary Easton, Malcolm (Fran) Reese, Betty Hertz, Richard (Mary Ellen) Reese also survive, and his brother David predeceased him. In addition, nieces, nephews and several cousins survive.
Services are on Saturday, September 18, at Christ Community United Methodist Church on 3474 Stiles Rd, Syracuse, NY. Calling hours at 10 am, service at 11 am. Zoom service is available starting at 11 am by logging into christcommunityumc.com and select worship livestream. In place of flowers, donations can be made to a charity of your choice. To send condolences to the family, visit www.gatesfuneralhome.com