Thomas W. Clements Sr. "Tom", 94, a resident of Annapolis since 1998 and formerly of Ambler, PA, died of natural causes at home November 30. Tom was born June 7, 1919 in Auburn, NY to the late Harry V. and May P. Clements. During World War II, he attended USNA, then served in both Europe and the Pacific until separation. After the war, he graduated from Cornell University Class of 1948 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. After graduating from Cornell he worked for Moore Products Company in Philadelphia, Fairchild Industrial Products in New York and North Carolina, Brooks Instrument Division, and Emerson Electric Company as Chief Engineer. He left to form his own engineering company which he later sold. As a Registered Professional Engineer he consulted in the design and manufacturing of pressure regulators and gas flow controllers used primarily in the draft beer industry. Tom holds 15 patents for various products, many still in use today. In addition to his parents,Tom was preceded in death by his wife of over 60 years, Elizabeth L. Clements, whom he married February 3, 1945 in Annapolis at the Naval Academy Chapel; and his daughter, Diana R. Bechtle. He is survived by his son Thomas W. Clements Jr. of Annapolis; brother, John A. Clements, MD of San Francisco, CA; sister, Mary Beacham of Payson, AZ; six grandchildren, Christopher Bechtle, Brian Nicholas Baker, Matthew Clements, Lindsey Clements, Amanda Clements and Alex Clements; and three great-grandchildren, Nicholas Baker, Syf Baker and Elizabeth Bechtle. Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m., Saturday, December 7 at John M. Taylor Funeral Home, Inc., 147 Duke of Gloucester St., Annapolis, where funeral service will be held 1 p.m., Sunday, December 8. The family requests that memorial donations in Tom's name be made to: Hospice of the Chesapeake, Philanthropy Department, 90 Ritchie Highway, Pasadena, MD 21122. Online condolences may be made to www.johnmtaylorfuneralhome.com.
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Published in The Capital on Dec. 4, 2013