Clifford Joseph “Kip” Soderlund

Clifford Joseph “Kip” Soderlund, 83, of East Providence, RI died peacefully on 08/03/2020.

Born and raised in East Providence, RI, he was son of the late John C. Soderlund and Dorothy L. (Swanson) Soderlund of East Providence. Cliff was a 1955 graduate of East Providence High School where he played football, basketball and baseball. After graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Army and proudly served his country.  He was stationed to Fort Hood, TX as a Supply Sergeant. While in the U.S. Army, Cliff perused a degree in Psychology at the University of Central Texas.

After leaving the Army in 1958, Cliff completed his B.S in Economics from Bryant College in 1974, then went on to earn his M.A. in Psychology from Boston University in 1978. He later went on to teach in the Continuation Education Program at Bryant University. He was employed by the Emile Bernat & Sons Company of Uxbridge, MA for 19 years as a Purchasing Manager until 1992. He then worked for Securitas (Burns) Security as a Security Officer before retiring in 2017.

Cliff leaves behind two children, Kristina (Soderlund) Maxwell and her husband James Maxwell of Athol, MA and Corey Soderlund and his wife Shanna Kay Soderlund of Little Compton, RI. Cliff’s pride and joy were his six grandchildren; Tristan, Elias, Sarina, Zackariah, Lillian and Chase. He enjoyed traveling, especially hiking in the White Mountains and various parts of New England. Cliff had a great passion for the Soderlund genealogy, tracing back his Swedish family’s roots for many generations. Playing golf and spending time with his four brothers John H. ‘Jack” Soderlund of Jacksonville, FL, Robert S. Soderlund of East Providence, Stephen C. Soderlund of Swansea, MA and Michael N. Soderlund, Sr. of Granby, CT was one of his most cherished activities.  Cliff loved golf, and he truly loved his brothers.

Cliff enjoyed listening to his favorite music artists of the 60’s and 70’s such as Neil Diamond, the Moody Blues and Emmylou Harris. He loved many and was loved by even more; Cliff was the real “Solitary Man”.  He will be dearly missed.

In lieu of flowers, Kristina and Corey ask that you please consider a donation to the Sierra Club.  Cliff’s love and respect for the environment can be carried on with your generosity and support.  https://www.sierraclub.org/

There are no services planned at this time, information will be forthcoming.


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mary souza allienello from east providence wrote on August 7, 2020 at 2:16 pm:
i remember all the soderlund boys from mowry ave so sorry and prayers to all
Beth Preston Gervais from Uxbridge, MA wrote on August 5, 2020 at 2:08 pm:
So very sorry to hear of Cliffy-Joe's passing. He was a very kind, quiet man. He was a huge part of my childhood and I am forever grateful for that. Will love and prayers to all of the Soderlunds.
Ray Bettencourt from Riverside wrote on August 5, 2020 at 11:24 am:
Bob.. I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your brother. My deepest condolence to you and your family. The memories that we have of our loved ones is a gift that we carry for the rest of our lives. Ray
Mr. and Mrs James Patterson from Riverside wrote on August 4, 2020 at 5:14 pm:
Corey and Christina and family , Gail and I are so sorry about the recent loss of your Dad. We send our heart-felt sympathies and prayers to you all. I remember your dad as a quiet and humble man. We do want to thank him for his service to this country and all the sacrifices he had made. God Bless you and your family , Corey May your Dad Rest In Peace.
Dennis Preston from Woodstock, GA wrote on August 4, 2020 at 1:33 pm:
Very sorry to hear this, Cliff had a great influence on my life for the better, and is someone I truly am thankful to have known. Praying for peace and comfort for the Soderlund family.