Speed Clemmer Jr.

'Speed' Harry Clemmer Jr., a longtime resident of Northboro, died February 7 after a short but increasingly difficult battle with cancer. He died in his sleep at his Hillside Road home with his wife Enie by his side. Clemmer was born in Lexington, Ma., on July 31, 1932, the son of Harry and Ethel (Caughey) Clemmer. The family later relocated to Berlin. Following high school, Clemmer enlisted in the Air Force. He married Inez Andrade in 1953. Clemmer was stationed in Germany during the Korean Conflict, where the couple gave birth to their two daughters, Marybeth in 1954 and Susan the following year. After his military service, Clemmer settled in Northboro with his family and began a long and successful career as a mason. His dry stone walls and brickwork enliven the front and back yards of dozens of properties in central Massachusetts, and serve as a lasting legacy of his skill and hard work. Known as 'Speed' to family, friends and associates, Clemmer earned the nickname as a standout athlete at Hudson High School, primarily as a baseball player. An infielder and pitcher, Clemmer pitched the Hawks to a 6-0 win over Scituate to claim the baseball Class B State Championship in Boston's Fenway Park in June 1951. That spring he tied a schoolboy record for most playoff strikeouts. Clemmer was scouted by several major league baseball teams during his senior season. He was inducted into the Hudson High School Hall of Fame after he graduated. In later years, Speed played bass guitar in various clubs around the area with his brother Bill, a renowned musician. His love of music was legendary. In October 2013, Speed and Enie celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary, receiving, among many gifts, a letter of congratulations from the White House. Clemmer leaves his wife Inez (Andrade); two brothers, John Clemmer of Boxboro, Ma. and Bob Clemmer of Florida; his two daughters, Marybeth and Manuel Rego of Clinton, Ma., and Susan and Steve Jusseaume of Hampton, N.H.; five grandchildren and nine great grandchildren; as well as many nieces and nephews. Calling hours are Monday, February 10 from 5:00-8:00pm at the Hays Funeral Home, 56 Main Street, Northboro. The funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, February 11 at 10:00 am at St. Bernadette's Church, 266 Main Street, Northboro. Burial will follow in Howard St. Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, friends are urged to make a donation in Clemmer's name to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 313 Washington St., 310, Newton, Ma. 02458, or to a . For directions or to share a memory visit: www.haysfuneralhome.com

Funeral Home

Hays Funeral Home
56 Main Street Northboro, MA 01532
(508) 393-6591

Published in MetroWest Daily News on Feb. 9, 2014