Clifford V. Sparrow, III
Clifford V. Sparrow, III, age 92, a longtime resident of Monument, Colorado, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at his home in Woodmoor. He had retired after serving over 41 years as a TWA pilot.
Clifford Vernon Sparrow, III was born on March 20, 1920 in Washington, D.C. to the late Clifford V. Sparrow, Jr. and Lillian Sparrow. He was a 1938 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington, D.C. and of the University of Maryland at College Park in 1942. He served in the United States Army Air Corps, Transcontinental & Western AVG during WWII and flew in the European, African, and Middle Eastern theatres, as well as briefly in the Asian theatre. He married Mary Eileen Aitken on November 30, 1948 in Washington, D.C. During his TWA career, he was domiciled at JFK International Airport in New York, New York. He was an avid equestrian and loved “riding to hounds”. He was a member of the Board of Directors of Bijou Springs Hunt Club, a member of the TWA Active Retired Pilot’s Association (TARPA), a 28-year member of Monument Hill Sertoma, and a current member of the Monument Kiwanis.
He is survived by his wife, Mary, of Monument; his son, Gregory (wife, Suzanne) Sparrow of Colorado Springs; and his daughter, Dawn (husband, Frank) Casey of Stratford, Oklahoma. He has four grandchildren: Hilary and Erin Sparrow, Kory and Clayton McCorkle; and a great-granddaughter, Leah McCorkle. Mr. Sparrow is also survived by his brother, Charles R. (wife, Carolyn) Sparrow of Hoffman Estates, Illinois; and a host of neighbors and friends. He was preceded in death by his brother, Donald U. Sparrow of Olney, Maryland.
A visitation will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Friday, March 15, 2013 at the Shrine of Remembrance North Chapel, 5440 North Union Boulevard. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 16, 2013 at St. Matthias Episcopal Church, 18320 Furrow Road, Monument, CO 80132. A reception will follow the services at the church. Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery in Middletown, Maryland. In lieu of flowers, memorials in his name may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 1 South Nevada Avenue, Suite 205, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903.