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The one and only Charles Forrest Cleland of Lake Placid, N.Y., was born Aug. 20, 1952, in Lewis, N.Y., the son of Forrest and Dorothy (Denton) Cleland, and left this earth on Dec. 9, 2017. He was known to those closest to him as "Uncle Buddy," and was known to all who knew him as a deep philosopher of thought, a mystic of magic, a doctor of dream weaving, an ignitor of vivid storytelling, a die-hard Celtics and Green Bay Packers fan, a masterful pool player, a whimsical adventurer, a soulful listener, a giver of great advice and a man who will surely be missed by many and all who had the privilege of knowing him.
Predeceased by his brother, Howard Smith, Charles leaves behind his love of life, and passes his legacy of true friendship and brotherhood to his sisters, Christine Reynolds, Maureen Cleland Wood, Stephanie Smith, and Birdie Rodgers as well as his nieces and nephews and all of their friends who were like his children, along with fellow gypsy spirited travelers and also leaves the world a bit of his magic. Rest in Peace, Charley
There are no calling hours. Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are in the care of M.B. Clark, Inc., Funeral Home in Lake Placid, N.Y. Relatives and friends are invited to share a memory or leave condolences at www.mbclarkfuneralhome.com.
Published on December 13, 2017
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