Richard's Story

NEWBURGH - Uncle Dick passed away peacefully at St. Joseph Hospital in Bangor on Saturday June 11, 2016, at the age of 85. He died due to complications from pneumonia and congestive heart failure. He was born and raised on the family farm on the Mudgett Road in Newburgh, to Thomas R. & Grace (Ryder) Clements, on Feb. 23, 1931.

Dick worked for the City of Bangor Public Works Dept. for 27 years, retiring in 1985. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and golfing in his younger years; especially fishing and camping at Spencer Pond in Greenville. He worked hard all his life farming, raising a large vegetable garden and cutting firewood. He loved all animals, especially one special dog, Sam. Dick always said he'd like to live long enough to see the Mudgett Road paved, unfortunately he never made it home to see the newly paved road.

Dick is survived by two sisters, June Bates and Janet Brown; and by several nieces, nephews and cousins. He leaves behind very close friends, Chuck Homsted and his family, Elden Mayhew and Melford "Mel" Bouchard. He was predeceased by three sisters, Esther Leavitt, Gertrude Smith and Bernice Burke; and one brother, Chester "Chet" Clements.

His wish was to be cremated and buried in the family lot at Knowlton Cemetery in Newburgh, next to his mother and father. A private graveside service for the family will be held at a later date.

"Rest in Peace Uncle Dick."
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