John A. Clements (1930 - 2014)

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Former New Hampshire DOT Commissioner and Sturm Ruger Vice President Dies at 83

CROYDON - Former N.H. DOT Commissioner John A. Clements of Croydon died at home on April 28 at the age of 83. He was born on Aug. 22, 1930 in Hyannis, Mass. to Florence Pinkerton and George F. Clements. John graduated from Yarmouth High School and then Yale University, with a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering, before serving as a US Naval EOD Officer during the Korean Conflict. John had a long career in the Public and Private Sector and strongly believed in high moral and ethical service to his Nation and Community, continuing to serve as Selectman of Croydon until his death. John provided leadership as Commissioner of N.H. Department of Transportation serving New Hampshire Governors (Thomson, Galen and Sununu) over his 10 years as NHDOT Commissioner. John's distinguished career included serving as President of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and Chairman of the National Academy of Sciences Transportation Research Board (TRB). In the private sector, John was Vice President of Sturm Ruger / Newport New Hampshire firearms manufacturing, Vice President of N.H. Ball Bearings in Peterborough, Vice President of Parsons Brinkerhoff, and Chairman of the N.H. Business and Industry Association.

John leaves behind his wife of 44 years, Hannah Coolidge Clements; two children, John A. Clements Jr. of Stamford, Conn.; Kathryn Okoniewski and her husband, Robert, of Cazenovia, N.Y. and three stepsons, Benjamin M. Rice III of Wayland, Mass., John C. Rice of Greenfield, N.Y., and Christopher W. Rice of Berlin. He is also survived by six grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, and his brother, George F. Clements Jr. and his wife, Betty, of Greenwich, Conn.

A private family memorial service is planned for a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded EOD Warrior Foundation; or scholarships for children of EOD Warriors killed in action;

For more information or to send a condolence, please visit the Newton-Bartlett Funeral Home at

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Published in The Monadnock Ledger-Transcript on May 6, 2014
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