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Clem Lemire, R.I.P.: One of Manchester's best

November 09. 2013 12:40AM

Clem Lemire. Two words that have meant much good to Manchester's parks and organized recreation and sports activities for decades.

Clem Lemire died last week, but if anyone's spirit will be felt in the Queen City for years to come, it will be Clem's. He loved every spot of open land that a geographically small city has to offer, and he made many of those spots better.

He was a public servant who understood that he needed to be frugal with the public's funds and responsible to the public.

Clem served the public long before he took Parks and Recreation management posts in his native Franklin, then in Newington, Conn., and finally here in Manchester. He served as a U.S. Marine during World War II and was a longtime member of American Legion Sweeney Post thereafter.

It is somehow fitting that Clem departed just before another Veterans Day. His passing will be another reason to remember it and those who serve.

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