PASKUS, Clement Paul
Clement Paul Paskus, 70, of Terryville, passed away July 2, 2013 after a long illness. Clem is survived by his wife of 47 years, Cathy; siblings Ona of Newington, Mark of Shelton and Leonard of Torreon, Mexico; and children, Thomas of Indianapolis, Indiana and Laura of Corrales, New Mexico. His happiest moments in retirement were those spent with his grandchildren (Molly, age 10; Grant, 7; and Lillian, 7). Clem was born and raised in New Britain. After a stint in the National Guard, Clem moved his family to Terryville in 1970. He began his life of service to the local community as a Terryville Fire Department volunteer before joining the Plymouth Police Department. Clem retired as police chief of that department in 2004 after more than thirty years on the force. Clem was proud to be a member of American Legion Post 20 and Bristol Elks Lodge #1010. He was a parishioner at Immaculate Conception Church and an avid amateur radio operator since his teenage years. Known to many friends around the world by his amateur radio handle, K1EM, Clem was active in the American Radio Relay League as well as local amateur radio clubs and civil defense activities. He enjoyed his post-retirement work with the Plymouth Republican Town Committee and was proud to have visited all 50 states during his lifetime. He loved cars and hiked many segments of the Appalachian Trail before illness took hold. He especially loved his many wonderful friends in the community and could often be found talking and laughing over breakfast with them. Clem's family conveys their sincere appreciation to these friends for all their support and comfort during his illness.
Funeral services will be held Monday (July 8, 2013) 9:30 a.m. from the Scott Funeral Home, 169 Main St., Terryville to the Immaculate Conception Church for a Mass of Christian Burial at 10. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Terryville. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home Sunday from 4- 6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made in Clem's name to either The Carole and Ray Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center at the UCONN Health Center, Farmington or VITAS Innovative Hospice Unit at St. Mary's Hospital, Waterbury. www.scottfuneralhomeinc.com