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As we read all the Facebook posts over the last few weeks, it brought home just how special our industry is. Cliff Tuttle was one of the extra special bright lights that we knew. He always had a ready smile and a helping hand. He cared about his community and the world … always trying to make it a better place, whether through beautiful interiors, sustainable design, not polluting the earth with genetically modified food. He was always there to support scholarship and new members of the hospitality community through mentorship. And he was a good friend to many … this is a sad day for us. But let’s celebrate the friend we knew, let’s tell the world he will never be forgotten, he will live through the warm memories we all share … and when we are next together, we will raise our glasses in a toast to the new VP of Design in Heaven!
Cliff is survived by his brother, Philip I. Tuttle and his wife Sharon, his niece, Kelly Day, and her husband Alan and their son Brooks, his nephew Robert and his wife Leigh and their son Weston. The family is planning a private ceremony. A memorial event will be scheduled in San Francisco at a later date.
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2 comments on A Celebration of Cliff Tuttle’s Life and Career
As time moves forward, I am reminded of the huge hole in my heart without Cliff to call – to text – to laugh with – to drink with – to admire – to celebrate. My dear friend, you are sorely missed.
I am so sad to have lost such a wonderful friend. Cliff brought me into the NEWH fold and encouraged me to be on the San Francisco Chartering Board. He was an incredible leader, a mentor and life of the party! We discovered our paths crossed in Hawaii where we both lived in the 80′s. We loved all things tropical, especially Mai Tai’s. I will never forget how much Cliff believe in me. Aloha my friend…I will miss you always.