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David Robert Clements



David Robert Clements, 87, loving husband of Ursula A. (Della Rodolfa) Clements, died Saturday, October 24, 2020 in his Turkey Shore Road, Ipswich home following a brief illness.
David was born August 27, 1933 in Browns’ Square in Ipswich.  He was the fifth of seven children born at home to the late Joseph A. and Edith M. (Robicheau) Clements. A true Ipswich native, he dedicated his life to his family and community.  David attended Ipswich Public Schools, graduating with the class of 1952; he then went on to Beverly Trade School, where he honed his skills as a First-Class Tool & Die Machinist.  Beginning his career at the United Shoe and completing it at Beverly Pattern in Beverly, from which he retired in 1995, freeing him to pursue his true passion of service to his community.
Throughout his life, Dave was fondly known as “Cy” to his friends and family.  He was everyone’s go-to guy, the one who was always there for you; no ask was too big, and no favor was too small for Dave to drop what he was doing to help out.
Dave’s love of community was evident in his role as a Call Fireman and later the Auxiliary Police, where he was awarded the rank of Captain.  Having fully embraced the motto of protect and serve, Dave later stepped into the role of Director of Civil Defense for the Town of Ipswich.  Dave took on this nascent program; when faced with the Blizzard of 1978, he mobilized the town’s response.  After years of heading up Emergency Management in Ipswich, Dave joined the MA-TF1 in Beverly, a division of FEMA.  It was with his FEMA family that Dave continued his service to community and country as a First Responder on 911.  At 68, Dave was the oldest member of FEMA working search and rescue for two weeks at the World Trade Center.
Dave’s love of community was surpassed only by his love of family.  A true patriarch, he stepped in as head of the family when his Father died at an early age, becoming the surrogate father and mentor to his five sisters, brother, mother, and seventeen nieces and nephews.  As a Father, he was the loving disciplinarian who instilled a sense of responsibility, obligation, and accountability.  He approached life with a pragmatism and level of organization that was both impressive and comedic.  He was a proud grandfather who would bend strangers’ ears with his tales of his six grand-children’s’ accomplishments.
In addition to his loving wife Ursula of sixty years, the girl he married while waiting for a bus in NYC, he is survived by a son, Joseph P. Clements and his wife Veronica of Hopkinton; a daughter, Janice Clements-Skelton and her husband William Skelton of Ipswich; six grandchildren, Maxwell Clements of Boston, Alexander Clements of Hopkinton, Margaret Clements of Hopkinton, Emily Skelton of Medford, Abigail Skelton of Boston and Wm. Vincent Skelton of Ipswich. He is also survived by two sisters, Doris (Lemieux) Banks and her husband Earle of Ipswich, Rosemary Whynott of Gloucester; two sister-in-laws, Marie Gionni and Maureen Della Rodolfa both of NJ; his treasured cousin, Lester Mountain of Ft. Myers, FL/Nova Scotia; his devoted K-9 companions, Chloe Bell and Gracie and many nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by his brother Roland Clements formerly of Ipswich, and his sisters, Ruth Rawson formerly of Rowley, Lorraine M. Clements formerly of Ipswich and Charlotte Durkee formerly of Georgetown.
His funeral service will be held 11 am Friday, October 30 graveside in the Cowles Memorial Cemetery, Town Farm Road, Ipswich. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed and are asked to wear masks and practice social distancing due to current COVID guidelines. Arrangements are under the direction of the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich. Memorial contributions in his name may be made to The Masonic Scholarship Fund c/o the John T Heard Masonic Temple, 70 Topsfield Road in Ipswich MA 01938.

 

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