"Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book" -Author Unknown.
Veteran newsman, Chase Clements, died at Ebeid Hospice on Monday, November 4, 2013. As Chase leaves this life to pass to the next, his love for his family along with his passion for teaching and for learning; for politics, news and history; for sports and for horses, and, of course, for great books, remains with all who were touched by his heart and his mind.
Born in Toledo to George C. and Sylvia Clements, Chase graduated from the former DeVilbiss High School and Washington and Lee
University in Lexington,
Virginia. After graduation, Chase served two years in the U.S. Army in Germany with the 86th Infantry Division.
Returning to civilian life, Chase taught History for three years at the former Ryder School and former Libbey High School. In 1961, he was offered a position in news broadcasting at then radio station WTOD, followed by a stint at WOHO radio and then WSPD-TV, now WTVG.
Chase worked at WTVG for 15 years before The Toledo Blade swayed him to move to print journalism. He was with The Blade for 11 years, until retiring in early 2001. Chase's talents led him to cover topics ranging from government, to courts to
the Sylvania and Ottawa Hills neighbor sections. But Chase's most beloved subject was local politics, which he explored with intelligence, wit and humor every week in his popular column, The
Chase is survived by his
loving wife of 25 years, Sue Rioux; sons, Neal Clements of Fargo, ND, and Chase Clements Jr. of Kansas City, MO; stepchildren, Joe (Lisa) Rioux of Sylvania, OH, William (Felix) Rioux of Leipzig, Germany, Michelle Rioux of Grand Rapids, MI, Thomas (Patty) Rioux, of Chicago, IL, and Don Rioux of Toledo, OH; and ten grandchildren, who brought him many of his greatest joys and most heartfelt laughs, Ian Clements and Christine Clements of Cincinnati, OH, Brandi Barrera, Cam Smith, Jenna Rioux, Gabe Rioux, Zach Rioux, Alyssa Rioux, Max Rioux and Patrick Rioux, all of Toledo, OH.
Chase succumbed to liver and kidney failure after a lengthy fight, that had many dubbing him the "come-back kid." So many people showed Chase and his family such great kindness during these years. Heartfelt thanks are especially sent to his
extended family of Christina Lopez and Scott Herrick along with their family.
To Julie, Joan, Roberta, Gary and Michael - There are not words to say what your friendship and support has meant, especially the past two years, when the going got tougher. All of you really knew how to lift Chase's spirits and get a laugh from him. He knows you will miss him at those "Power Lunches" at Coney Island. Special thanks also to our Keeneland Track buddies, Audrey and David.
To Chase's doctors and
caregivers - Drs. Berlacher, Grande, Fayad, Chinyadza, Flickinger and their staffs; Kingston Care Center staff especially Cherie, Chris and Jesse; the terrific Hemodialysis Department at The Toledo Hospital; and the
caring staff at Ebeid Hospice - the care you gave Chase touched our hearts in even these most difficult of days. Thank you for being our
Friends who wish to share memories, tears, and laughs with Chase's family are
invited to a gathering at the Walker Funeral Home, 5155 W. Sylvania (west of Corey Rd.) on Saturday,
November 9, from 3 to 7 p.m. Online condolences may be shared with the family at
Gifts in remembrance of Chase can be donated to Helping Hands of St. Louis or the Cherry Street Mission. Or to simply remember Chase, just pick up a favorite book and spend a few quiet moments enjoying a good story.
Walker Funeral Home & Crematory
5155 West Sylvania Avenue
Toledo, OH 43623
Published in Toledo Blade on Nov. 6, 2013