CLIFFORD ‘CLIFF’ MEIER PORTLAND – Clifford George Meier, 82, of Yarmouth, passed from this life to eternal life Mon-day, June 20, 2006. He was born Aug. 7, 1923, in Hutchinson, Minn., a son of Blanche (Benton) Meier and Walter Meier of Akeley, Minn. As a young man, he moved to California and from there he was drafted into the U.S. Army during World War II. He was honorably discharged in 1946, as a decorated disabled veteran. While stationed at Fort Williams in Cape Elizabeth, he attended a church service at the First Baptist Church in Yarmouth and met Elizabeth Marie Doughty. They married and together they had seven children and a 58-year marriage. Elizabeth died in 2003. Cliff worked for the Yarmouth school department for 29 years as a bus driver, custodian and mechanic. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Yarmouth. He loved people and was generous with his time, talent and treasure, and in particular supporting the efforts of The Root Cellar. Cliff was a member of The American Legion and took pride in having served our country in its hour of need. One of Cliff’s earliest jobs was “breaking” horses. He taught himself how to carve wood and enjoyed carving horses and oxen. He also enjoyed flower and vegetable gardening with tulips, amaryllis, and raspberries a specialty. His love of people showed itself in the many pictures, 8mm films and videos of others he took wherever he went. Cliff was a hard working man throughout his life, fostered by a strong work ethic that he imparted on his children. He also knew how to enjoy life and this was seen in a joke or a tease, always with a warm heart, or any opportunity to socialize. Simply put, Cliff was determined to live life. He is survived by his seven children, Lois Elizabeth Thomas of East Millinocket, William Walter Meier of Yarmouth, Linda Elaine Karnes of Sebago, Darlene Marie Linskey of Falmouth, Clifford John Meier of Lydneboro, N.H., Beth Anne Meier of Prospect, Martin Wayne Meier of Lisbon Falls; 19 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Visiting hours will be 5-8 p.m. Sunday, June 25, at Lindquist Funeral Home, One Mayberry Lane, Yarmouth. The funeral service will be 11 a.m. Monday, June 26, at First Baptist Church of Yarmouth, 346 Main St., Yarmouth. Burial will be after at Riverside Cemetery in Yarmouth. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Cliff’s memory to the charity of your choice or The Root Cellar, 94 Washington St., Portland, ME 04101.