Born Oct. 10, 1942, in Morton, Washington, to parents Alfred and Helen Jorgenson England, Clifford B. England aka “Buck,” age 79 of Home, died Nov. 11 at St. Anthony Hospital following complications from cancer treatments.
Buck played piano at dance halls and armories, including The Spanish Castle Ballroom in Seattle, for teen dances in his early career. From there he discovered the “mighty Hammond B-3” and never looked back.
In his 65-year career of traveling, he appeared and recorded with countless performers both here and abroad. He garnered many awards and honors, including the Washington Blues Society Hall of Fame, Washington Blues Best Hammond B3 player, Washington Blues Joe Johansen Memorial Award for Excellence, Tacoma Blues Grand Summy Award Blues Master, Black American Blues Historical Society of Canada Award, and the honor of master keyboardist in the Fraternal Order of Celesta Musicians.
Buck loved being with his family and friends, gardening, and was an avid reader.
Buck is survived by his wife Quirina England of Home; children Jeffrey England, Dylan England, Dory England, Denise Lennon and their respective spouses; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; three sisters and one brother. He was preceded in death by his parents and daughter-in-law Laura England.
Services were held at Immanuel Presbyterian Church Nov. 28. In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite charity.
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