O’Rourke & O’Rourke
Inc. Funeral Home

25 River Street
Salamanca, NY 14779
phone: (716) 945-4760
fax: (716) 945-4222

Clifford R. Hogan

On December 11, 2022 at 11:11 pm, after watching one more Bills win with his loving family and loyal friend, the angels came to help Clifford R. Hogan, 70, of Kill Buck, NY, travel to his new eternal home in heaven.

Cliff was born on February 23, 1952 in Salamanca, NY to the late James and Madge (Birmingham) Hogan. After growing up on East State Street in Salamanca, he married his beautiful, devoted high school sweetheart and best friend, Pamela Lynne Bolton, on August 2, 1975.

Cliff was a graduate and athlete of Salamanca High School, Class of 1970, then earned his bachelor’s degree in education from JCC and Brockport State College.

Mr. Hogan was a loyal employee, as both a high school and elementary physical education teacher and coach, for Portville Central School District for 33 years, retiring in 2007.

Cliff enjoyed life so much and made the best of every situation! He was an extremely hard worker and loved working outdoors around the beautiful country home he built 42 years ago. He loved splitting and stacking firewood, mowing his perfect lawn, brush hogging his fields and working on his hobby farm raising cows, pigs and horses. In retirement, he loved golfing with so many awesome buddies, spending time with his family in the Hollow, watching football and traveling to St. Augustine every spring to get “fried” in the hot Florida sun! He will be remembered for his loving and quiet charisma and his handsome Irish dimples while drinking a Busch Light with his MANY MANY wonderful friends!

Cliff’s family would like to publicly thank so many amazingly supportive neighbors, friends, family and especially beautiful nurses, (Nancy Peters and Joy McClure) who loyally visited him over the many years that we all watched him decline from ALS. A special thanks to his “Thirsty Thursday” Crew (you know who you are)! You showed up every week, through this ugly illness, to make him laugh and be patient & kind with him and that will never be forgotten. You all carried him (and all of us!) through, helping his spirit stay so strong for many years past most, with this devastating disease. We are also very grateful to so many who took the time to send him text messages, photos and of course jokes throughout these past few years. Without his voice, his phone was his lifeline to communication and we’re so grateful we have record of his words and thoughts even though we could no longer hear his voice. We are looking forward to celebrating his beautiful legacy with all of you!

Carrying on his legacy along with his selfless, care-taking wife of 47 years, are three daughters, Maureen (Reid) Smith, Colleen (Brandon) Walters, both of Randolph, NY, Kathleen O’Neil of Ellicottville, NY; a son, Thomas (Dawn) Hogan of Randolph, NY, nine adored grandchildren, Sara, Stella, Reid and Serena Smith, Connor, Colton and Delaney Walters, and Aubrey and Emmarie Hogan. He is also survived by his beautiful mother-in-law, Sara (Smith) Bolton and many devoted and loving nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Thomas Hogan of Albany, NY and his father-in-law, John Bolton.

There will be no visitation, but a memorial service will take place on Friday, December 30, 2022 at 1:11 pm at Our Lady of Peace RC Parish in Salamanca, NY followed by a Celebration of Life at the Great Valley Clubhouse (6035 Depot St. Great Valley, NY). Please wear your favorite red, blue or Buffalo Bills apparel to help celebrate! Cheers! He would want it no other way!

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting support sent to either Homecare & Hospice of Cattaraugus County or The ALS Association Upstate NY Chapter.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the O’Rourke & O’Rourke Inc Funeral Home, 25 River Street, Salamanca, NY.

E-condolences can be sent to orourke.orourkefh@gmail.com or posted to facebook.com/onofh.