Ralph Friedrich Clement, age 87, passed from this life on February 25, 2019 due to complications of Parkinson’s Disease. He was born in Mount Vernon, NY on June 8, 1931, the only child of Gustav and Hildegard Clement who immigrated to the US in the 1920’s.
After high school in New York he attended The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. He proudly served his country in the US Marine Corps after graduation and continued his service in the US Marine Corp Reserves from which he retired as a Major. While his sales work had him traveling throughout the Eastern US and especially New England, he lived in Connecticut until his retirement in 1998 when he moved to Kennebunkport, Maine. He continued to pursue his love of travel both in the US and internationally. He was a remarkable man who never shied away from a challenge and learned to overcome every adversity he faced, usually with a smile and always with a positive attitude.
He was a true inspiration to all who were lucky enough to be a part of his life. He was famous for his quick wit which stayed with him until the very end. He loved the outdoors and was very active, whether bicycle racing, hiking the White Mountains or sailing in the Atlantic. He would often be seen running all over town, literally, as he trained for various marathons and half marathons over the years, as well as the New Haven CT 20K Road Race which he ran every Labor Day with his sons until he was 72!
He is survived by his loving wife of nearly 33 years, Cynthia, his children Kirsten (husband Robert), Meghan (husband Raymond), Ralph, Jr. (wife Carol), Gregg (wife Veronica), Cheryl, Dieter and Andy (wife Agata) as well as his seven grandchildren Keri-anne, Sebastian, Kyle (wife Rachel), Cameron (wife Sophie), Emily, Angelika and Kacper and his two great-grandchildren, Sierra and Kaylah.
The family is grateful for all the love and support of friends and family during Ralph’s final months and especially for the wonderful care provided by his many aides and nurses from Comfort Keepers and Hospice of Southern Maine.
Friends may visit from 2-3 PM on Sunday, March 3, 2019 at Bibber Memorial Chapel, 67 Summer Street, Kennebunk, ME where a Memorial Service will follow at 3PM with Rev. Donald Hammond officiating. Interment in Arundel Cemetery will be at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests you donate to the Parkinson’s Foundation, 200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131, Hospice of Southern Maine, 180 US Route One, Scarborough, ME 04074 or the Charity of Your Choice
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