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Clarence Diffenderffer

Clarence Rich Diffenderffer Jr.

Friday, August 19th, 1932 - Monday, June 3rd, 2019
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Clarence Rich Diffenderffer Jr., 86, of the Mainline Philadelphia area and more recently Underhill, Vermont, passed away June 3rd, 2019 at the home of his son in Underhill, Vermont.

He was born August 19th, 1932 in Baltimore, Maryland to Clarence and Ann Diffenderffer.

He attended McDonough Military Academy, The Gilman School, and the University of Virginia, all of which he loved. He served in the First City Troop as a captain and was stationed in Japan during the second world war. He was a member of the Sons of the Revolution and was proud of the fact that his ancestors were privateers who sacked British Ships of the coast of Maryland! He enjoyed singing with the Orpheus Club of Philadelphia for over 50 years. Tennis was one of his favorite sports and he was famous for his various spins and drop shots that would keep his opponents running. He was a member of The Merion Cricket Club, The Courts, and the Philadelphia Racket Club to mention a few. He also enjoyed skiing and played rugby with The First City Troop. He could not resist collecting anything antique. He loved people and brought a lot of joy and fun to many, just by being his charming self.

He leaves: his son Michael Diffenderffer and his daughter-in-law Emily Diffenderffer, and his three grandchildren whom he loved, Sam 15, Nissi 14, and Avia Diffenderffer 12, and their dog Sleek.

He is predeceased by: his daughter Anne Diffenderffer, and his first wife Sandra Metcalf Shober (mother of his two children). Anne McCready Diffenderffer his mother and Clarence Rich Diffenderffer his father.

Special thanks to God for bringing us all so much fun through the life of Rich Diffenderffer.

A memorial celebration will be held on June 19th, 2019 from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the Merion Cricket Club in Haverford, PA in the Furness room (old bar area). He will be buried next to his father at Louden Park Cemetery in Baltimore. Memorial contributions may be made to Canine Partners for Life via their website:

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    Wednesday, June 19th, 2019 | 5:30pm - 8:00pm
    Wednesday, June 19th, 2019 5:30pm - 8:00pm
    Merion Cricket Club
    325 Montgomery Avenue
    Haverford, Pennsylvania 19041
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    A memorial celebration will be held on June 19th, 2019 from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the Merion Cricket Club in Haverford, PA in the Furness room (old bar area).
A memorial celebration will be held on June 19th, 2019 from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the Merion Cricket Club in Haverford, PA in the Furness room (old bar area).


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Posted at 09:04am
I'm so very sorry for your loss! Losing a loved one in death is unnatural and not at all what God intended for us. Please take comfort in the knowledge of and promise that God has given in the scripture that "He will wipe every tear from our eyes and death will be no more, neither will mourning, nor outcry, nor pain be anymore". (Rev 21:3-4) Until then, we must patiently await the day soon to be here when "all those in the memorial tombs will hear his [Jesus'] voice and come out" to a resurrection (John 5:28-29) just as he did with Lazarus, except this time it will be permanent. For God has also promised that "the righteous will possess the earth and they will reside forever upon it". (PS 37:29) So, may the comfort we receive from "the God of all comfort" be with you until Clarence is reunited with us again. (2 Cor 1:3-4)

A W Rich Funeral Home

Posted at 12:42pm
The entire staff of A W Rich Funeral Home wishes to express our deepest sympathy to you and your entire family during this difficult time.

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