Obituary: Ronald (Ron) Clement, 75

by | Jun 12, 2020

Ronald (Ron) Clement, 75, longtime East Greenwich resident, passed away peacefully in Delray Beach, Fla., on February 22. He and his wife, Susan (Sue) Weidner Clement celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last summer with family and friends.
Ron was born in Cumberland, R.I., son to the late Bertha (Hucal) Clement and Paul Clement, and brother to Paula Ditano.
Nothing made Ron happier than spending time with his family. He loved his daughters Stacey Clement and wife Jill Mason, and Heidi Clement and Jack Kealty. And he adored his grandchildren, Andrew (6), Johnny (4) and Camille (1).
He will be remembered for his infectious smile, his kindness and acceptance of everyone, his sense of humor and his joyful personality.

Ron loved all sports. At Cumberland High School he was captain of the football, basketball and baseball teams. At Rhode Island College he played basketball and held the record for the most rebounds per game for many years. He was an avid golfer and belonged to Potowomut Golf Club for 23 years where he had many friends and enjoyed bringing in new members as Membership Chairman.

Ron was very active at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in East Greenwich, where he was a Eucharistic Minister, usher, vestry member, chairman of a very successful Capital Campaign and more recently co-chair and founder of the Christ Community Kitchen (CCK) monthly dinners to feed members of the community.

His persuasive personality served him well in the jewelry industry for nearly 40 years, serving as vice president of sales and marketing for ArtCarved Bridal for many years. Ron found great pleasure in finding the perfect ring or diamond for friends and family alike. He was also proud to serve his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War as a military policeman at West Point. 

A memorial service will be held at St. Luke’s Church, 99 Pierce Street, East Greenwich, on August 30 at 2 p.m. If you would like to honor Ron’s memory, donations to the St. Luke’s Kitchen Renovation Fund, a cause near and dear to Ron, can be made out to and mailed to St. Luke’s Church. Donations can also be made in his honor to the Rhode Island chapter of the American Parkinson’s Disease Association (click HERE). 

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10 Comments

  1. Leslie Gunther

    « He will be remembered for his infectious smile, his kindness and acceptance of everyone, his sense of humor and his joyful personality. » That sums it up perfectly…. Loved serving with him as a Eucharistic Minister…. loved seeing him welcome us to worship…. He lit up our lives where ever we met with his higher power smile. … Thank you for sharing him with us all these years… We were truly blessed.

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    • Sue Clement

      Thanks, Leslie. I really appreciate your beautiful comments.

      Reply
  2. Kim Balkcom

    I can’t remember ever seeing Ron without a smile on his face! I’ve missed our front yard chats and seeing him and Sue walking by with the little ones. Rector Street is not the same without Ron and his vibrant personality and charm. We’re all lucky to have had him in our lives.

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    • Sue Clement

      Thanks, Kim for your lovely comments about Ron. We loved living on Rector Street with all our nice neighbors.

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    • Sarah Francis and Bob Berlyn

      We were so sorry to hear about Ron. He and Sue were lovely neighbors and we will miss him.

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      • Sue Clement

        Thanks Sarah and Bob. So nice to hear from you.

        Reply
  3. Donald Tencher

    On behalf of everyone in Ron’s Rhode Island College Athletic Family I want to extend my deepest sympathy and our prayers to his family. Ron will always be mentioned when people talk of the great Anchormen basketball players of the 1960’s. God speed Ron!

    Don Tencher
    Director of Athletics
    Rhode Island College

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    • Sue Clement

      Ron so enjoyed playing on the Anchormen basketball team. He often spoke of the good memories he had with his fellow players.

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      • Ron Mercier

        Sue.. My condolences to you and your family. I am so happy I talked to Ron a few times the last couple of years. He will always be remembered in my thoughts and prayers. I am so sorry we couldn’t get together before his passing.

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        • Sue Clement

          Thanks Ron, so nice to hear from you. I spoke to John and he said you and him were playing in the tournament. Look forward to seeing you.

          Reply

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