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Clement Cottardo Macevicz

Macevicz, Clement SAN DIEGO-- Clement Cottardo Macevicz, loving husband, father, and friend, passed peacefully from this life at age 87. He was born in San Diego to Cecilia (Ghio) and Eustyn Macevicz. Clem and his older brothers, Gene and John, grew up surrounded by a large Italian family. He served as an altar boy at St. Anne's Parish, and graduated from San Diego High in 1944. Clem proudly enlisted in the Army for World War II. He served in the 89th Infantry Division at Fort MacArthur, and the European theater, where he was awarded a Purple Heart. He carried shrapnel in his leg for the rest of his life, a reminder of the sacrifice and honor he felt serving the country he loved so dearly. After the war Clem attended Loyola University, and graduated from San Diego State University, with a degree in education. He was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity. Clem taught fifth grade at Washington and Bird Rock elementary schools. He spotted the love of his life, Marilyn Mang, at a teachers meeting. They made their home in Point Loma for 43 years, before retiring in Downtown San Diego. Clem founded Cal-Soft Water Service in 1953. He became the first reverse osmosis drinking water dealer in the USA when he formed Cal-Pure Drinking Water Service, and later became a partner in Nimbus Water Systems. He was honored in 1992, with induction into the Pacific Water Quality Association Hall of Fame. Clem ardently supported numerous charities. He was an avid gardener, and a competitive racquetball player. He followed politics closely, enjoyed reading American history, and traveling the Southwest. Clem is survived by Marilyn, his wife of 61 years; daughters Lynn Hoaglin (Mark) of Danville, CA, and Anne Tierney (Bob) of Plano, TX, grandchildren Michael and Patrick Hoaglin; and Megan and Samuel Tierney. We already miss his devotion and warm embrace. A memorial Mass will be held at St. Agnes Catholic Church on Tuesday, August 6th, at 11:00 a.m. Private interment will be at Fort Rosecrans.


Published in U-T San Diego on July 30, 2013
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