This just in this morning from Paul Bartholomew,
It is with great sadness to announce the death of Cliff Sparks. Cliff passed away recently following a long illness.
It was 1975 that Cliff spotted a creature on his golf course, on Norton Road, Whitehall, NY. After over a year of remaining silent about the incident, Cliff came forward with his encounter, telling the parents of Bob and Paul Bartholomew– thus essentially outing himself. The incident was written up and became one of the classic Sasquatch encounter cases of New York state.
Over the years Cliff was visited by many researchers, curiosity seekers, and news media, from all over the world. He always exhibited an open, friendly and candid attitude when relating his experience.
The Outdoor Life Network and History Channel both visited and interviewed Cliff.
However, in 2008, he was interviewed by Mike Carnivale of the local program"Adirondack Journey." This is probably his best interview as he spoke openly about a seven-foot tall creature which had red-eyes. The eyes were the most dramatic feature to Cliff. After over thirty years, Cliff said the incident still scared him.
Cliff always embraced his experience with great courage and honesty. He is and will be greatly missed.”
— Paul B. Bartholomew
From the Rutland Herald:
Born on October 6, 1935, in Niagara Falls, N.Y., he was the son of the late Gladys and George Sparks. Cliff graduated from Niagara Falls High School and Alfred State University with a degree of Associate in Applied Science.
He married his childhood friend and high school sweetheart, Patricia Ann Thomas, in 1955 in Niagara Falls, N.Y. After their marriage, they moved to Fair Haven, Vt., where Cliff worked as a cattle artificial inseminator. In 1960, Cliff and Pat bought a dairy farm in Whitehall, N.Y. Cliff eventually turned his farm into an 18-hole golf course.
Cliff was a member of the BPOE Elks Lodge #1491. He enjoyed spending the winter months in Lake Suzy, Fla. He was an avid golfer and hunter. Some of his favorite pastimes were playing in the annual Bigfoot Golf Tournament with his grandsons and hosting an annual fishing derby for his grandchildren. Cliff enjoyed sitting and chatting with all the friends he made through the years of owning the course.
Cliff will be missed and a our deepest condolences go out to his family and friends.