WATERFORD, N.Y. and YORK BEACH — Edward G. Clement Sr. of Waterford, N.Y., and York Beach died July 9, 2012, at St. Peter’s Hospice Inn, Albany, N.Y., following a short illness. Edward was born in November of 1915 in the family home in Waterford.
His oldest brother, Albert, kept the family together following the death of their father when Ed was only 3. He and his brothers and sisters were a tight family unit and worked many odd jobs to keep the family afloat during hard times
He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 62 two years, Mildred E. (Stiles) Clement in 2004. Edward was the seventh child of Aurore (Belanger) and John B. Clement Sr. He was predeceased by his siblings, Albert E., Alice Clement McLaughlin, Yvonne Clement Vautrin, John B. Jr., Thomas I., and Jeanne Clement Wallen. Edward is survived by his older sister, Aurore Clement Walsh of Waterford; and his six sons, Edward G. Jr. (Grace) of Prospect, Robert A. of Waterford, James R. Sr. (Mary Anne) of Ballston Lake, N.Y., Thomas A. (Judith) of Colonie, N.Y., Raymond J. of Troy, N.Y., and Daniel C. (Celia) of Ithaca, N.Y. Edward is also survived by 13 grandchildren and countless great-grandchildren.
Edward graduated from St. Anne’s School and Waterford High School. He went on to study at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 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 first lieutenant (Signal Corps) while in the service and served in New Jersey, Iceland and Florida. Mr. Clement managed the Albany Camera Shop, later the Clement Frame and Art Shop for over 40 years. He then purchased the Lewis Frame Shop in Troy and renamed it the Clement Frame and Art Shop. The Albany and Troy shops were later 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 be seen at the Troy shop each day until his very recent illness.
Funeral arrangements were by the Gorden C. Emerick Funeral Home, Clifton Park, N.Y., with a Mass at St. Augustine’s Church, Troy, N.Y., and interment in St Joseph’s Cemetery, Waterford, N.Y.
Ed’s sons owe an immeasurable amount 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. This allowed them to live out the remainder of their lives with pride and dignity in their own home. Edward was a good and honest businessman and a great father who always tried to do his best. He will be forever missed by all who knew him.
Donations can be made to The National MS Society, New England Chapter, 74 Gray Road, Falmouth, ME 04105. His daughter-in-law, Grace Clement has MS and is an active volunteer with this organization.