Clifton Joseph's Story
RICHMONDVILLE - Clifton Joseph Hebert III, CJ, 51, superintendent of Cooperstown Central Schools, died unexpectedly March 21, 2016, near his home in Cobleskill.
Born Dec. 6, 1964, to parents Clifton Joseph Hebert Jr. and Doreen Draper Hebert, CJ was raised in Natural Bridge and graduated from Carthage High School. He received his bachelor's degree from SUNY Oswego and master's degree in Curriculum Development from SUNY Albany.
In 1994, he married his wife, Tammy, in Hopedale, Labrador. United in their passion for education, Tammy and CJ made significant and lasting impacts in a number of school districts across the area. CJ began his career in education as an English teacher at Corinth High School, where he also transitioned into administration, serving as principal from 1998 to 2002. He later became principal at Hudson Falls High School from 2002 to 2010. For the last six years, CJ has served as the school superintendent in Cooperstown. Beyond any of his titles, anyone who knew CJ would say that his career in education was distinguished by his work ethic, leadership, civic responsibility and unwavering commitment to tasks both big and small. He showed equal measures of enthusiasm, cheering on sports teams and music concerts as he did passing school budgets.
CJ lived in many places but his home has always been the outdoors. He was most at ease with a fishing pole in hand or on a hunt with his family and friends - especially with his son Cliff. The bond they had was forged in the woods, expanded through countless hours together, and now stands immortalized in their hearts.
In addition to his parents, wife, Tammy Humphrey Hebert and his son, Clifton Joseph Hebert IV, Amsterdam, CJ is also survived by his stepdaughter, Christina Dell, Celebration, Florida; stepson, Christopher McCloud and fiancé, Heather Omaggio, Brooklyn; and brothers, James Hebert and wife, Lori, North Granby, Connecticut and Troy Hebert and wife, Pam, Natural Bridge.
As an alternative to flowers, donations may be made to one of three organizations dear to CJ. The organizations are the Cooperstown Foundation for Excellence in Education (CFEE), c/o Cooperstown Central School, 39 Linden Avenue, Cooperstown, NY 13326; CJ Hebert Memorial Scholarship, c/o Mrs. Schwab, P.O. Box 710, Hudson Falls, NY 12839; and Corinth Dollar for Scholars, P.O. Box 1, Corinth NY 12822.
The family will be present from 4 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, March 23, at the Tillapaugh Funeral Home, 28 Pioneer St., Cooperstown. The funeral service will be at 3 p.m., Thursday, March 24, in the Cooperstown High School auditorium, 39 Linden Avenue, Cooperstown.
Arrangements are under the care of Tillapaugh Funeral Service, Cooperstown.
Published on March 22, 2016