Cletus F. Wade passed on March 2, 2021 and went to the great pistol range in the sky at the age of 92. Shooting and photography were the most important things in his life, and the onslaught of dementia in the past few years forced him to give those treasured hobbies up. He was forced to give up driving, too, and his family is convinced that in his next life he will come back as a NASCAR driver.
He was a very active member of the Canton McKinley Rifle and Pistol Club for over 50 years, serving on the board of directors for many years, and participating
in competitive pistol matches. A life time member of the NRA, he was ranked as a Master shooter.
He was an army veteran, and retired after 40 years working as a boiler operator and pipe fitter for the BF Goodrich Company. He was proud of his accomplishments and successes in spite of his meager upbringing.
Clete was preceded in death by his mother, Lillian Anna, father, James, brother, Edward (Whitey), daughter, Susan, son Brian and son-in-law Doug Roliff. He is survived by son, Dennis (Cherie), daughter Teri Roliff, and domestic partner, Carol Jordan. Surviving, also, are grandchildren Jamie Wade, Corbin Wade, Abby Roliff, Tony Wade, Rachel Wade Jackson, Hannah Wade and 5 great grandchildren.
The family would like to thank the staff of Danbury Senior Living for their wonderful care during the final year of Clete's life. Also, Elana Care Hospice for providing compassionate care during his final weeks.
A private graveside service at the Western Reserve Veterans Cemetery will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family. Final arrangements are being handled by Reed Funeral Home, North Canton facility.