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John Habib's City Sports: Much-loved Lemire was dedicated to city's kids
Longtime superintendent of Manchester Parks and Recreation Clem Lemire, left, is joined by former Manchester Memorial High football coach Hubie McDonough Jr. at the 2009 Queen City Hall of Fame induction dinner. The athletics complex at Memorial is named for Lemire, the football field for McDonough and Bob Chabot, another former coach. (BRUCE TAYLOR/UNION LEADER FILE)
In 1995, when Lemire stepped down superintendent of Manchester’s Parks and Recreation superintendent, a retirement banquet was held in his honor. The event may have set a record as the longest banquet in city history, with the last speaker to say a “few” words standing at the podium a little after 2 a.m., more than eight hours after the start.
“Clem came from a big family, and he came up the hard way,” said Dutile. “He understood what a hard day’s work was, and he never forgot it.”
“After all he did for the city, it was only fitting the city name a complex after him,” said Dutile. “I can tell you, he was thrilled when many years later the city named the football field after Bob Chabot and Hubie McDonough (Jr.) at the complex. Clem respected them a great deal.”
MANCHESTER High Central varsity wrestling coach Jason Cumming, an Air Force veteran, is hoping for a strong turnout today for the Wrestling for Warriors Tournament. Wrestling starts at 10 a.m. at Central, with tournament proceeds going to the Wounded Warrior Project and Liberty House shelter for homeless veterans.
In addition to the Gryphons, wrestlers in the tournament will represent Smitty’s Wrestling Barn of Danville, Mayo Quanchi Judo and Wrestling of West Warwick, R.I.; MetroWest United of Ashland, Mass.; the Gate City Wresting Club of Nashua; and teams from Maine.
“City Sports” is published Saturdays in the New Hampshire Union Leader. Email staff reporter John Habib at firstname.lastname@example.org.