Cliff Zavitz

Zavitz- “Clifford” Melvin: Sadly the family of Clifford Melvin Zavitz, 86 years of Sarnia, announce his passing on Wednesday July 11, 2018 at St Josephs Hospice in Sarnia. Beloved husband of the late Shirley (Whiting) Zavitz (2006).
Pre-deceased by parents Douglas and Rosie Zavitz of Oil Springs and his siblings Sandy Zavitz, Bruce (Mary) Zavitz, Don( Jean) Zavitz and Marion Pettit and nephew Doug Zavitz. Survived by sisters-in-law Jean Zavitz, Marion McPhee (Joe), Gloria Matthews (Jim), Grace Whiting ( Charlie), Wilma Whiting (Wayne) Brothers-in-law Gord Whiting (Bernice), Les Whiting (Karen) and Ross Whiting (Lindy). Also pre-deceased by brother-in-laws Carl Whiting (Ferne) and Ray Whiting (Marilyn) .
Many Nieces and nephews over 3 generations were proud to call him Uncle Cliff and enjoyed being with such a soft spoken, witty and intelligent gentleman. We will truly miss him.
Cliff retired from Polymer in 1989. He enjoyed his retirement years training race horses, raising many species of pheasants and being an avid bridge player. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and time spent with Rayner Krista and his family. Cliff enjoyed and did a lot of travelling with family and friends.
At Cliffs request there will be no funeral. Private interment will held Monday July16th, 2018 at Oil Springs Cemetery with Reverend Dianna Gibson Officiating. There will be a celebration of Cliffs life at a later date.
Arrangements entrusted to Knight Funeral Home, 588 St. Clair Parkway, Corunna.. As expressions of sympathy friends who wish may send memorial donations to St Josephs Hospice Sarnia . Messages and condolences may be left online
@ Knight 519-862-2845

Visitation Information

There will be no public visitation at Cliffs request


St Joseph's Hospice Sarnia

Funeral Date

Private grave site burial at Oil Springs Cemetery

5 thoughts on “Cliff Zavitz”

  1. Patricia charpentier

    My deepest sympathy to the Zavitz family in the loss of an uncle and brother-in-law—
    His wisdom, wonderful humour and kindness is a treasured memory.

    Pat Charpentier

  2. Michael and Cathy Martin

    Sandy and family,
    So sorry to read about the passing of your uncle. Our thoughts are with you at this sad time. May pleasant memories bring you peace.
    Michael and Cathy

  3. Cliff and Shirley were our neighbours in the bird lanes for many years. I always loved going over to see his birds and talking with Cliff, such an intelligent man. He will be missed very much. My condolences to the family.

  4. I wanted to say just a few words .. this is in the form of a letter to Cliff

    Cliff, I was not part of your large interesting family, but you always made me feel like family.
    Visiting you when on Hummingbird Lane after I met Patti, was special to me.
    You always had something interesting on the go ..
    Purple vegetables …
    purple tomatoes
    purple potatoes,
    purple corn

    and sometimes in the summer a special concoction known as SLUSH
    I think my son Ryan’s first three words were Mamma, Dadda and Slush !!

    Our friendship developed deeper because we both loved the outdoors.
    You took me on my first moose hunt up north and I’m sure we would have got one if we had not run out of chocolate pudding which forced us to leave …. or switch to vanilla.

    Cliff you illustrate qualities that are lost in today’s world, a gracious, kind, loving, gentleman with a genuine interest in others.

    You knew how to get on with horses and people.

    I will miss your kind heart, sly smile, and sense of humor till the end.

    I will think of you with great memories whenever I see ..
    a horse
    a pheasant
    a purple potato
    a moose … or chocolate pudding
    Your friend Rayner

  5. Sharon & Larry (Red) Brander

    We send our condolences to the Zavitz Family.
    We know you all have a lifetime of memories to keep Cliff alive in your hearts.
    We remember Cliff and Shirley with fond memories.
    We are blessed to have been able to share time with your families thru the years. Those Xmas Dinners in the Oil Springs Hall were fun. The Oil Springs Pet and Hobby Day. Oh and the farm and bailing whatever grew in those fields. Girls remember those electric fences. Ouch. Ha ha
    Cliff was always around with his big smile.
    Good Times!

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