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With his loving wife by his side, Michael (Mike) John Clisham, 73, of Quakertown, PA passed away peacefully on March 28, 2022 after living bravely with dementia. Born in Quakertown on July 25, 1948, he was son to the late John Francis and Nancy (Stacy) Clisham.
Mike is survived by his wife of 52 years, Kathy; children Tori (Sean) McAndrews and John (Monica) Clisham; grandchildren Carly, Michael, Anna, Grace, and Rosemary; brother Dennis (Elaine) Clisham; niece Amy Wait; nephew Joseph Clisham; and many other loving family and friends.
Mike, aka "Clish" was a 1970 graduate of Georgetown University's International Affairs program. A proud Army veteran, Mike retired as Command Sergeant Major after serving the US Army Reserves for 34 years. With extensive experience in infantry and aviation operations, Mike received the following honors for his service: the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal and National Defense Medal with one star.
In conjunction with his military career, Mike also worked for Bucks County, Juvenile Probation for 30 years, retiring as Deputy Chief in 2005. From Bucks County, he went on to serve as the Associate Director of Protection Services for the Philadelphia Museum of Art until he retired in 2013. Mike also had several part-time positions that complemented his full-time work life. He was undercover security at Hess's department store in Quakertown for many years and was a part-time professor of Criminal Justice at La Salle University from 1990 to 1995. Upon receiving his MBA from Wilkes University in 1987, he worked as a part-time tax preparer until 2019.
After his retirement from keeping Philly's art safe, he became a Country Gentlemen, "doing whatever he pleased", as stated tongue-in-cheek on his Linkedin profile.
In addition to his professional life, Mike was also very involved in his community, coaching youth soccer and basketball as well as being partially responsible for bringing ice hockey to Quakertown High School in 1988. He was also honored to serve on several boards, including the Juvenile Detention Board of Managers, the Bucks County Youth Center and the PA DUI Association. An achievement of which he was very proud was being co-author of the Crisis Response for Teachers, a guide written for Quakertown Community School District in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
If he wasn't working, Mike could be found voraciously reading anything regarding American history, yelling at the tv during sporting matches, or conversely laughing loudly at The Three Stooges, The Simpsons, or The Big Lebowksi. As Mike would say, "the dude abides."
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Arden Court in Warminster along with their hospice service.
All are invited on Saturday, April 2 to a visitation from 10-11am and a memorial service at 11am, both at Calvary Church, 820 PA-113, Souderton, PA 18964.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Michael's honor can be made to Homes For Our Troops at hfotusa.org or the Alzheimer's Association at alz.org.
Saturday, April 2, 2022
10:00 - 11:00am (Eastern time)
Saturday, April 2, 2022
11:00am - 12:00pm (Eastern time)
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