Clifford Allen Rothe passed away Thursday, January 2, 2020, at home, in the presence of his family in Southbury after a long battle with cancer. Born September 19, 1955, in Danbury, he was the son of Frank and Marion (Drew) Rothe. Cliff lived most of his life in the Newtown/Southbury area and was a graduate of Newtown High School, Class of 1973.
Cliff’s passion was cooking; he started in the restaurant business in the early 1980s. He was a cook at the Village Restaurant, Atlantis Diner, and Denmos before landing at the Sandy Hook Diner. The last 20 years of his career, he managed and cooked at the Sandy Hook Diner, where he became a staple in the community. Cliff was always willing to lend a helping hand with various events, including many held at the Saint Rose Church of Lima and the Newtown United Methodist Church.
Cliff loved NASCAR, playing cards, yard work, and spending time with the family.
He is survived by his partner, Ellie Lewis, of Southbury; daughter and daughter-in-law, Candice and Lori Rothe, of Southbury; son, Richard Rothe, of Southbury; brother, Steven, and wife, Anita Rothe, of Yorktown, Va.; as well as many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
He was predeceased by both his parents and two brothers, Keith and Glenn Rothe, as well as the mother of his children, Gail Rothe.
He will forever be missed by his family and friends.
A service will be held Saturday, January 11, 2020, at 11 am, at the Newtown United Methodist Church, 92 Church Hill Road, Sandy Hook CT 06482. Burial will be held at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to either to The Make-A-Wish Foundation or the Newtown United Methodist Church, 92 Church Hill Road, Sandy Hook CT 06482.
To light a candle or leave a condolence in his memory, please visit danburymemorial.com.