Clifford Cain, a journalist who worked at the Courier-Express for 21 years, died Friday at his Town of Tonawanda home under hospice care. He had recently celebrated his 90th birthday.
Born in Salford, England, near Manchester, Mr. Cain began his newspaper career in 1934, serving a five-year apprenticeship on the Manchester Guardian and subsequently worked there as a printer, and for the Manchester Evening News as a proofreader.
A lifelong pacifist, he was granted conscientious objector status at the outset of World War II. He joined the Friends Relief Service and from 1941 to 1946 worked in England, France and Germany, helping civilian victims of the war.
He met his wife, Eleanor Candee, in Paris in 1945, where she was working for the American Friends Service Committee.
He immigrated to the United States in 1948 to marry Eleanor and taught graphic arts at the Syracuse University School of Journalism, while completing his journalism degree. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1951 with a major in journalism and political science. He became a naturalized citizen in 1954.
Mr. Cain joined the Courier-Express in 1959 after working at the Rome Daily Sentinel as a reporter and at the Hornell Evening Tribune as city editor and then managing editor.
At the Courier, he was a copy editor, makeup editor and finally an editorial writer before retiring in 1980, two years before the paper ceased publication.
During his career, he won three Page One awards for his editorials and was active in the local chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
He was a longtime member of Church of the Nativity, United Church of Christ, in the Town of Tonawanda. He was particularly interested in the church's social action programs. He volunteered at the Attica Visitors Center, where he helped to reintegrate released prisoners into the community, and spoke out against the death penalty. He also helped political refugees from overseas to resettle in the Buffalo area.
Mr. Cain continued to speak out about his pacifist beliefs throughout his life, particularly as a member of the Western New York Peace Center, where he served on the board. He also was active in the Coalition for Economic Justice and Voice Buffalo.
He enjoyed traveling, especially with Elderhostel, as well as reading and gardening. He was also a member of the Central Park Men's Club.
He is survived by his wife; a daughter, Barbara Irvin; and a son, Richard.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Church of the Nativity, United Church of Christ, 1530 Colvin Blvd., Town of Tonawanda.