November 5, 2020

Fred Cliff

Fred Cliff

Fred Cliff, longtime executive director of the South Carolina Pest Control Association (SCPCA), died Oct. 20 at age 86.

Born in Louisiana in 1934, Cliff served in the Korean War as a Marine, and was awarded a Purple Heart for his service. His pest control career included working in sales and management positions for Orkin Pest Control and Terminix Services. In 1993, he retired and opened Cliff Consulting.

Cliff was very active in the industry, having been the 1980-81 president of the SCPCA. He served as its executive director from 2001 to 2011. Other interests including being active in the American Legion and Marine Corps League; being a golf member of Wildewood Country Club; and officiating both pro and amateur tennis and high school football.

Cliff was interred with his late wife of 63 years, Fae, in a private ceremony at Fort Jackson National Cemetery. He is survived by their three children, Kimberly Cliff Giger (Hanspeter), Stephen Hunt Cliff, and Merrill Maillet Cliff (Ansley); four grandchildren: Murray Vaughan Cliff, Alexis Cliff Giger, Cameron Cliff Horner, and Grier Kelly Cliff; and one great-grandchild, Emory Maillet Horner.

Donations in Cliff’s honor may be made to The Marine Corps Toys for Tots program; memories and condolences may be shared at

In a statement, the SCPCA notes that “Fred Cliff was a giant in the pest management industry. He was a mentor to many who grew up in the industry, and he left his indelible mark on everyone who knew him. His iconic presence will forever be missed.”

The Pest Management Professional magazine staff sends its sympathies to Cliff’s family, friends and colleagues.


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Heather Gooch

Heather Gooch is the editor-in-chief for PMP magazine. She can be reached at or 330-321-9754.

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