Edward G. Clement Sr.
Northside Waterford, NY — Edward G. Clement Sr. of
Waterford, NY died
Monday, July 9, 2012,
at St. Peter’s Hospice
Inn following a short illness.
Edward was born in the family home on Columbus Avenue
in Waterford in
N o v e m b e r o f
1915. He and his
brothers and sisters were a tight
family unit and
odd jobs to keep the family afloat during hard times. His many stories about those times included ones about his older brothers being kicked by the family cow that they constantly tormented. His oldest brother, Albert, kept the family together following the death of their father when Ed was only three.
Ed was predeceased by his wife of 62 years, Mildred E. (Stiles) Clement, in 2004. He was the seventh child of Aurore (Belanger) and John B. Clement Sr. He was predeceased by his siblings, Albert E. (Anne Marie), Alice Clement McLaughlin (Steven), Yvonne Clement Vautrin (Archie), John B. Jr. (Jesse), Thomas I. (Elaine), and Jeanne Clement Wallen (Luther). Edward is survived by his older sister, A u r o r e C l e m e n t W a l s h (Charles); and his six sons, Edward G. Jr. (Grace) of Prospect, Maine, Robert A. of Waterford, James R. Sr. (Mary Anne) of Ballston Lake, Thomas A. (Judith ) of Colonie, Raymond J. of Troy, and Daniel C. (Celia) of Ithaca, NY. Edward is also survived by 13 grandchildren and countless great-grandchildren.
Mr. Clement managed the Albany Camera Shop for over 40 years before introducing the manufacture of custom picture frames to the business. He purchased the Lewis Frame Shop in Troy and eventually renamed it the Clement Frame and Art Shop. The Albany and Troy shops were recently consolidated into the Troy location. Ed worked with his sons, Tom, Ray, and Bob as well as his wife, Mildred, until her passing. He continued to go to work each day until his death.
Edward graduated from St. Anne’s School (gone now) in “Northside” and Waterford High School. He went on to study at RPI but had to leave in his junior year to serve in the Army during World War II. At RPI he was a founding member of their Astronomy Club. He attained the rank of 1st lieutenant while in the service and served in New Jersey, Iceland, and Florida. While stationed in Iceland, outside of his work maintaining early radar systems, he befriended the chaplain and had many stories about their adventures together. He was also in charge of purchasing for the Officer’s Club and had many stories about that too, including one where their liquor was lost because of the sinking of a ship by a German U-boat.
Since 1949, Ed lived in the home that he and his relatives built on Belanger Avenue, a street named in honor of his mother.
More than anything, Ed enjoyed time on the porch of his York Beach, Maine cottage. He would say “You have to be able to see the ocean, when you’re eating lobster.” Until the last decade, he would enjoy an occasional fine cigar with a daily constitutional cocktail. Ed was a collector of everything and anything that interested him but never saw the need to label or categorize his collection. He was a lifelong member and supporter of St. Anne’s Church in Waterford and was very disappointed by its closing. He then became a member of the St. Augustine’s Church congregation in Lansingburgh and continued attending weekly Mass until just recently. Fr. Spenard was a good friend.
Ed’s sons owe a great measure of gratitude to their brother, Bob, who gave up his residence, freedom, and lifestyle in Florida more than 10 years ago to move in with, and take care of his parents.
Edward was a good and honest businessman and a great father who always tried to do his best. Ed will be forever missed by all who knew him.
Funeral will be held Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. from the Gordon C. Emerick Funeral Home, 1550 Route 9 in Clifton Park, thence to St. Augustine’s Church where a 9:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated.
Relatives and friends are invited and may call at the funeral home on Tuesday (today) from 4 to 8 p.m.
Interment will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Waterford.
Those who wish may make memorial contributions to St. Augustine’s School Principal’s fund, 545 4th. Avenue, Troy, New York 12182.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Gordon C. Emerick Funeral Home, 1550 Route 9, Clifton Park, New York 12065.
1550 Route 9, Clifton Park