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Albert Bernisne Clements Sr.

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ALBERT BERNISNE CLEMENTS, SR. died peacefully on Tuesday, September 9, 2003. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bernie and Elizabeth Trostman Clements, his brother, Bill, one of his daughters, Theresa and her son, Christopher.      He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Vivien Tharp and their 13 surviving children. Sons: Al, Jr., Larry and wife Pam, Danny, Matthew, Mark, Anthony and wife Aimee; Daughters: Diane and husband Bill Guillaume, Dolores and husband Matt Zawol, Mary and husband Jim Kennedy, Liz and husband Tom Kocurek, Christine Clements, Johanna Clements and fianc√© Juan Garcia, and Sr. John Magdalene (Angela) Clements, and 15 grandchildren.      He is also survived by his brothers, James and his wife Renie and David; his sister Liz and husband John Ledesma, sister-in-law Jeri Butler and 16 nieces & nephews.      Al loved God, his family and our country; he served them well. He began each day by attending mass and a weekly hour of adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Although retired at the time of his death, he was still actively working as president of Life Advocates, to defend all innocent life from conception until natural death. Because he strongly understood the many attacks against traditional family values and the rights of parents as primary educators of their children, he also served on the Texas State Board of Homeschool Educators, Precinct Chairman and Election Judge for 22 years. Before retiring, he served as Executive Assistant to Mayor Lewis Cutrer then many years in the "oil patch" where he started work with Gulf Oil and moved into the offshore industry with FMC. At St. Thomas More Parish, he was the founding president of the school board and served on the 1st parish council. Through the political process, Al was effective in numerous facets of city, county, state, and national governmental entities because he believed in the importance of being a good citizen. In his "quieter moments" he loved sports, camping, fishing, jazz and Frank Sinatra.      Al's sons will be the pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers are: The Honorable Tom Delay, U.S. Congressman, The Honorable Steve Stockman, former U.S. Congressman, County Commissioner Steve Radack, George Strake, Jr., Tom Pauken, Gene Pack, James White, Tom Cottar, and Edward Check.      Visitation will be Thursday, September 11th from 6:30-8:30 PM with rosary at 7:00 PM led by Rev. Msgr. Bill Young at St. Thomas More Church 10330 Hillcroft. Requiem mass will be Friday at 10:00 AM celebrated by Rev. Msgr. James Golasinski at Annunciation Catholic Church 1618 Texas Ave. Rite of Committal will be at Houston National Cemetery at 2:00 PM. Upon his personal request, the family asks for continued prayers for the repose of his soul.      In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: St. Cecilia Congregation Building Fund, 801 Dominican Drive, Nashville, TN 37228 or Foundation for Life, 10900 N.W. Fwy., Ste. 112, Houston 77092.
Published in Houston Chronicle on Sept. 11, 2003
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