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May 2, 2013

Bernard Gary Clement Sr.

Bernard Gary Clement Sr.

DeLANCEY — Bernard G. Clement Sr., “Gary,” a resident of DeLancey, passed away April 27, 2013, after battling cancer.

Born in Watertown on Jan. 21, 1952, he was the son of Bernard J. Clement and Betty (Smith) Clement. Gary graduated from Watertown High School in 1970, and then attended Syracuse University College of Forestry.

Gary married Sherrie Halpin on Aug. 21, 1971, where they lived in Burrville.

He worked in the family owned business as a sawyer for several years before moving to Massachusetts and then on to DeLancey, where he was the sole proprietor of Just Plane Wood, a contracting company.

Gary was an exempt member of the Town of Watertown Fire Department, EMT and member of the Eagles No. 782 in Watertown. He was also a member of the Northern Loggers Association for over 30 years and the New England Kiln Drying Association for over 20 years.

In his spare time, Gary enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, traveling with his wife and spending time with his grandchildren.

Gary was predeceased by his father, Bernard; and his brother, Randy.

He is survived by his wife, Sherrie of DeLancey; his daughter, Tracy (Clement) Dorr, her husband, Luke and their children, Breanna, Zachary and Tyler, all of Camden, Maine; his son, Bernard G. Clement Jr., his wife, Pauline and their two children, Johnathan and Nathan, all of Dalzell, S.C.; his siblings, Doug and his wife, Debi, David and his wife, Lorraine, Diane Armstrong and her husband, David, Timothy and his wife, Lisa, Jeffrey and his wife, Shawn, Janet Gardner and her husband, Michael, Philip and his wife, Candy; and many nieces and nephews.

The memorial service for Gary will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 4, 2013, at the Reed & Benoit Funeral Home, Watertown. Burial will follow in Glenwood Cemetery. A reception will follow the burial at the Town of Watertown Fire Station No. 1, Watertown Center.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in honor of Gary to American Cancer Society — Randy’s Rangers Team, c/o David Clement, 6390 Floral Drive, Watertown, NY 13601.

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